Tired of learning on the screen? The Bay Farm Science & Engineering Fair is a great place for middle school students to stretch their creativity and do some fun, hands-on projects. We challenge you to find a project idea (maybe something you find on Science Buddies) and make it your own unique experiment: change the variables, materials used, or experimental procedures. If you read that plants grow better with classical music, you might ask yourself if they also grow better with rock music. What would this experiment look like? If you know that Mentos™ in Coke™ makes a cannon, what do you hypothesize would happen if you use a sparkling mineral water? Why? The more that you know about why something happens, the more interesting your explorations will be.
Middle school students have the opportunity, if interested, to design a project for both the Bay Farm Science & Engineering Fair and be eligible to compete in the Alameda County Science & Engineering Fair that will take place on March 6th & 13th, 2021. For middle school projects to be eligible for the regional fair, they must meet strict ACSEF criteria. This includes applying for approval prior to starting your experiment and meeting earlier deadlines. Please visit the ACSEF website and download the 2021 handbook for more information.
Whether you do a project just for the Bay Farm Science & Engineering Fair or want to go for regionals, we encourage you to start thinking of a project that will be fun and interesting for you!