Chico Science Fair

Chico Science Fair

K-12 students from public and private schools in the Chico Unified School District can participate in the science fair. These projects demonstrate excellence in a variety of disciplines in the social, natural and physical sciences.

The Chico Science Fair has been held annually since 1984.
Over 1,000 K-12 students participate each year, exhibiting approximately 500 projects.
More than 2,000 visitors are welcomed during the 2 ½ days the science projects are on display.
Hundreds of volunteers from business, academia, professional and student organizations, and the general public, commit their time, efforts and financial resources to ensure that this opportunity for science education continues.
Projects are due to be dropped off at the Fairgrounds on Monday, March 2nd. On Tuesday, March 3rd, the fair is closed for judging.
The fair is open to the public March 4th and 5th, with an awards ceremony on Thursday evening. Projects can be taken home that night, or picked up by noon on Friday.

A science fair project can give students their first chance to design their learning experience, allowing them to innovate, just as scientists do in the real world. They can explore personal interests and practice scientific inquiry. In addition, students can develop skills above and beyond science proficiency, such as:
Reading Comprehension and Writing: Doing background research and writing a research paper
Math: Creating graphs and performing data analysis
Time Management: Planning a multi-step project
Communication: Presenting and explaining the science fair project
Ethics Understanding: Learning about plagiarism and the importance of credit and citations

Science fair project planning is very straightforward. A student chooses a scientific question to address and researches the subject. A hypothesis is formulated and the experiment is designed. Next, the student performs the experiment, analyzes the data gathered, draws his or her conclusions, writes and presents the results using a display board.

A science fair project requires a student to learn to plan over two or three months, a skill of immense importance in adulthood. Students learn communications skills, the importance of selecting topics, and fine tuning their presentations, while doing projects. A science fair project may even provide an opportunity for the discussion of ethical issues, such as use of human or animal subjects.

Do you have questions? Contact Chrissie Weston, Chico Science Fair Executive Director at:

Dinner with a Scientist: September 11, 2015, at Sierra Nevada’s Big Room!
Don’t miss your chance to have dinner with a scientist of your choosing right at your table!  This family friendly, fun and informative event is our biggest fundraiser and helps ensure The Chico Science Fair’s future.
Guest speaker will be announced at a later date.

*Some of the above was modified and quoted from articles on

The Chico Science Fair Foundation a 501©(3) nonprofit affiliated with North Valley Community Foundation.  We always welcome donations:  PO Box 6832, Chico, CA  95927.

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