Santa Cruz County

S.T.E.A.M. Expo

March 8, 2025 at Santa Cruz Fairgrounds

** Important guidelines for safety... 

As an ISEF Affiliated fair, all projects must follow and abide by the the Safety Regulations at the International Rules for Pre-college Science Research

 Safety Regulations apply to ALL students, though only grades 6-12 must submit SRC paperwork. Please see Scientific Review Page for more information**

Safety at-home for Investigations- Blog Post

Vision and  Purpose of Expo

The Santa Cruz County STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) EXPO  is a celebration of our students innovation and creativity in STEAM fields, that display students' authentic research and engineering design, while advancing equitable access to inquiry-based learning for our students.

The purpose of the Santa Cruz County STEAM Expo is to...


More than just a Science Fair, the STEAM Expo offers a place for students to exhibit and get feedback on their projects, alongside engaging activities for the whole family.

The STEAM Expo enables students to explore their interests and talents by offering different project types and categories from which students can choose, many of which are directly tied to categories represented in California Science and Engineering Fair (CSEF),  the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) and the Invention Convention. Students have the option to compete with their project and continue on to state and international competitions, or to showcase their project. Students will have the opportunity to discuss their projects with judges and the community to receive feedback on how they can improve their projects.  Collaborative groups of up to three (3) students are ENCOURAGED to work on projects together for competition, and larger groups are permitted in the showcase. 

We recognize the potential for Science & Engineering Fairs to be ideal incubators for inspiring and empowering our next generation of innovators by following these following principles:

Students should be allowed to enter projects in the fair that follow different problem-solving methods, such as Scientific Inquiry, Engineering Design, Case Study, Computer Science, Theoretical, or Experimental.

Important Dates Science and Engineering Fair 2025

Ways to Participate in the STEAM Expo:

 Volunteer or Judge with us! 

Encourage students to Compete with their projects.

Participate in the Showcase to show off what your students are doing in class, action projects, or projects in progress. (classrooms, teachers and students)

Teachers: Earn 1 CEU for Judging day-of or up to 5 CEUs for hosting a school-based STEAM, science fair or invention convention!

Encourage high school students to sign up  to Volunteer for community service hours

Encourage students & families to attend the event (add it to your school and/or class newsletter & calendar, send home copies of the event flier) 

Volunteer Flier   STEAM Expo Flier

Support for Schools

Need assistance? We are be available to support planning for teachers and project mentors through a video conference or a site visit as needed. This support can include ideas for launching projects, best practices for success, help navigating logistical details, and answering questions you may have. If you are interested in scheduling a video conference or site visit, please email Heather Wygant

Use this Guide for Student Registration

STEAM Expo Information Night - recording and slides 

to support students participation in the STEAM Expo!