Young Scientists Set to Exhibit at 2017 Riverside County Science and Engineering Fair on March 28-29

Students in grades 4-12 from 40 public, private, and charter schools/districts will showcase their understanding of science and engineering

RIVERSIDE – Ever attempted to construct a hoverboard from household magnets? What works best to keep avocados from turning brown? Ever wonder which paw a dog prefers to use? What carries more germs—cash or credit cards? How might an LED traffic glove keep people safe on the roads? These questions and hundreds more will be tested by more than 400 students using the scientific method at the Riverside County Science and Engineering Fair on March 28-29, 2017, at the Riverside Convention Center (3637 Fifth Street, Riverside, CA 92501).

Schedule of Activities (all held at Riverside Convention Center)

  • Tuesday March 28 – 7 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Science fair student presentations and judging (not open to public)
  • Wednesday March 29 – 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Public viewing of exhibitions (free)
  • Wednesday March 29 – 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Awards ceremony (free)

Students will compete in a total of 32 categories spanning the realm of scientific categories ranging from cognitive science to zoology. At the awards ceremony, a maximum of two gold medals, three silver medals, and three bronze medals will be awarded in each category for each of the three divisions—grade 4/5, Junior and Senior. One sweepstakes award will be presented in each division (grade 4/5, Junior, and Senior). Community awards will also be presented during the awards ceremony.

All gold medal recipients in the Junior and Senior divisions will advance to the California State Science Fair to be held April 24-26, 2017, at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, California.

Riverside County Science & Engineering Fair By The Numbers:

Number of students: 463
Number of projects: 411
Number of judges: 100 (approximate)
Divisions: 3 – Grades 4-5, Junior (grades 6-8), and Senior (grades 9-12)
Categories: 32 categories with the most popular being applied mechanics and structures, engineering, physics, microbiology, and environmental engineering
Participating groups: 40 public, private, and charter schools/districts—including 20 of the 23 public school districts in Riverside County

  • Alvord USD
  • Banning USD
  • Beaumont USD
  • Carnegie School Riverside
  • Christian Heritage
  • Coachella Valley USD
  • Corona-Norco USD
  • Desert Center USD
  • Desert Sands USD
  • Encore High School
  • Excel Prep Charter-Moreno Valley
  • Hemet USD
  • Highland Academy Charter
  • Jurupa USD
  • Lake Elsinore USD
  • Moreno Valley USD
  • National University Academy
  • Nuview Union SD
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Indio
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Riverside
  • Palm Springs USD
  • Palo Verde USD
  • Pechanga School
  • Perris Elementary SD
  • Perris Union High SD
  • Rancho Christian School
  • Reach Leadership STEAM Academy
  • River Springs Charter
  • Riverside STEAM Consortium
  • Riverside USD
  • Romoland SD
  • Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac School
  • Saint Catherine’s of Alexandria
  • Saint Edward School
  • Saint Hyacinth Academy
  • Saint John’s Lutheran School
  • San Jacinto USD
  • Sycamore Academy of Science and Cultural Arts
  • Temecula Preparatory School
  • Val Verde USD

The Riverside County Science and Engineering Fair is sponsored in part by the Professional Engineers in California Government (PECG) and is affiliated with the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.