The Fair provides an opportunity for local students to showcase their science and engineering savvy at a regional, statewide, national and international levels. Very Exciting News!! We are coming into another highly successful year! ACSEF provides a forum for stimulating student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (S.T.E.M.) and an avenue for educators to fulfill the Common Core Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. Grade 6-12 students educated within Alameda County from home school, charter, public, private and parochial schools are eligible to participate in the fair held annually at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton. Check out our current newsletter to see what we've been up to. Newsletter
ACSEF is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization - Tax ID # 45-1800245 and we welcome and require your support to continue providing this opportunity to the students from Alameda County. We welcome your interest and participation as a volunteer, judge or as a sponsor to HELP us keep offering this county-wide science, engineering and technology event year after year.
Locate our Become a Patron Donate button on each of our website pages to easily donate through PayPal or you can mail a check made out to ACSEF. Print your F/L name in the memo line and mail to ACSEF c/o Patti Carothers 3996 Mt. Rainier Ct., Pleasanton, CA 94588.
Any amount $5 and higher is tax deductable and apply toward the IRS requirement that 1/3 of our funding is coming from broad public support which is required to maintain our non profit status. What does this mean? It means that we will continue offering the science fair as long as we have non profit status. If that is removed the fair will shut down.Please check this link to find out how you can help.
The origin of ACSEF was a vision supported by Intel and founding director Patti Carothers to create an International Science Fair (ISEF) affiliated fair in Alameda County. Alameda County, at that time, was one of the largest counties in California without an ISEF affiliated science fair. Through affiliation with ISEF students become eligible to compete for a space to attend and compete at the international level.
Steps were taken starting in 2011 to form a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit public charity organization for funding the fair and then to create a county-wide event supported by Intel and later by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory at the title sponsor. Currently ACSEF is still supported by LLNL and the title sponsor is the Synopsys Outreach Foundation..
ACSEF launched its first science fair in 2012 after a year of planning, obtaining supporting sponsors and forming an organizing board. ACSEF fully supports STEM education, the Next Generation of Science Standards and has helped to improve science in the classrooms through its school outreach Science Fair 101 workshops available to teachers and students from all parts of Alameda County and the Title 1 school participation incentive programs. Our goal is to do our part in creating the next generation of scientists and engineers.
We are steadily growing in participation! In our inaugural year 2012 close to 250 students from county school districts participated. In 2017 over 700 students and over 200 judges participated. Not only has the number of participants grown but so has the quality of projects.
ACSEF encourages middle and high school students who attend school or are home schooled in the cities & towns of Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Dublin, Emeryville, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Newark, Niles, Oakland, Piedmont, Pleasanton, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Sunol, and Union City to participate in the ANNUAL ACSEF at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, CA.
ACSEF is affiliated with the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), the world's largest pre-college celebration of high school science competition and the California State Science Fair (CSSF), which is California's most elite science competition for middle and high school student projects, the international i-SWEEP competition focuses on energy, engineering, and environmental projects, the national Broadcom Masters competition is for the top 10% of middle school research projects from each affiliated fair throughout the country - projects focus on originality.
The ACSEF founding director Patti Carothers, co-director Suzette Takei, along with the Scientific Review Committee, is available throughout the summer and school year to offer advice and guidance to students and teachers as they begin to think about project topics and research.
ACSEF organizing board is proud to be a part of this broader reaching county-wide science fair. We are excited to bring the opportunity for middle and high school students and teachers in the county to become involved in science and engineering research projects.
We welcome the opportunity of partnership with agencies within the county to encourage increased hands on science for underserved students.
A snapshot of ACSEF