Sign-Up Form For Judges Now Available

The Orange County Science & Engineering Fair (OCSEF) is an annual event organized to encourage the youth of our county to learn more about STEM and to consider careers in the STEM field.  Judges play a critical role in the science fair experience. Your interviews with students can affect students profoundly, sometimes altering their career

Your OCSEF Project: How to Formulate a Question?

Good projects rely on hypothesis – both in science and engineering design. What is the key, then, to formulating winning hypothesis questions?  Mrs. Jelica Campos, a teacher at St. Bonaventure School in Orange County (and also an instructor at the OCSEF Academy) gives us the perfect step by step on how to do this. Spoiler alert: to

Announcing: The 2021 Special Awards Categories

OCSEF announces 22 special awards to be given at the 66th Annual Orange County Science & Engineering Fair by donors who promote and advocate STEM excellence. We are very grateful for all the great organizations contributing to the fair this year. The 2021 Special Awards is listed in alphabetical order 1. American Association for Clinical

The 66th Annual OCSEF: Registration is Now Open

It’s registration week! Following a difficult year and after carefully following the news and developments surrounding COVID-19, the OCSEF committee is preparing to host the 66th Annual Orange County Science & Engineering Fair Online. “We live in unprecedented times, and last year was the first time in the Fair’s 65-year history that we had to

OCSEF is Looking For New Volunteers!

Join our effort to support STEM education in Orange County As OCSEF continues to grow in student, school, teacher and parent participants, along with program offerings to support our mission, there is a significant need for more volunteers to address this expansion of services to our community.  Click here to apply If you have any questions regarding duties/responsibilities of

How To Select A Topic For Your Science Fair Project

Dr. D. Helmeste, November 2020. Daiga Helmeste, PhD, is a well-established Psychiatry & Human Behavior, School of Medicine Professor and also a teacher at the OCSEF Academy. We asked her guidance on things to keep in mind when choosing a research topic for a science fair project. The Orange County Science and Engineering Fair is


Join us on November 13, 2020 at 6:30pm for a hands-on Raspberry-pi activity. We’ll learn how to use RaspberryPi and engage in a fun collaborative programming activity. Raffle prize: Official Raspberry Pi starter kit – includes Pi, case, sd card and guide 🙂 The online Zoom event is free for students (Max limit of 25)

OCSEF STEM Evening: Coding

Join us on November 6, 2020 at 6:30pm for a hands-on coding activity. We’ll learn how to use HTML/CSS to build a website that teaches how to make a craft, and learn more about women in the STEM industry. The online Zoom event is free for students (Max limit of 50) – Open to Girls