Key Dates

The 2019 OCSEF + STEAM showcase (Grades 4-12, NEW this year to OCSEF) will be held March 20-22, 2019 at the Anaheim Business Expo Center, Anaheim, California. The 2019 OCSEF Awards Ceremony will be held March 22, 2019 at the Anaheim Business Expo Center.



Registration Starting Date Sunday, January 16, 2019
On-Line Application Deadline

Friday, March 1, 20191

Project Set-Up
Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 2 pm - 7 pm
Judging2 Thursday, March 21, 2019
Open House Friday, March 22, 2019: 5:30 - 6:30
Awards Ceremony

Friday, March 22, 2019

6:45 - 8 pm

Project Removal3

Friday, March 22, 2019: 8:15 pm – 9 pm



OCSEF Board of Directors

Prasanthi Sathyaprakash, President



1. All projects in senior division will be considered for ISEF competition.


2. Judging/Student Interview Information for the Junior Division:

  • Be at least 15 minutes early for your scheduled interview time.
  • You must wear your exhibitor’s ribbon.
  • While standing by your exhibit, judges or groups of judges will come by to discuss your project with you. You will be interviewed by both Category judges and Special Awards judges.
  • Stay by your exhibit until your interview hour is over, and you have received your Certificate of Participation from the Category Judges.
  • You must take home with you all materials/equipment you bring to show the judges. Do not leave anything on display with your exhibit board when you leave.

Judging/Student Interview Information for Senior Division (Grades 9-12):

  • All Senior Division students should be standing at their projects at 9 am.
  • Students will be interviewed by Category / ISEF judges as well as Special Award Judges between 9 am and Noon.
  • All Senior Division students are invited as guests of the OCSEF to lunch.
  • ISEF Semi-Finalists will be announced at 1 pm.
  • ISEF Semi-Finalists will be interviewed in a second round of judging at 1 pm. All other Senior Division students are released.
  • ISEF Finalists and Alternates will be announced at the Awards Program.

3. Project Removal: All projects must be removed by 9:00 pm. Your exhibitor’s ribbon will be needed to pick up your project. You may give your ribbon to another person to pick up your project.Any project not picked up by the deadline will be discarded!


5. The awards ceremony will be held at the Anaheim Business Expo Center.  Awards will be announced and presented at that time; results will be posted on the website after the ceremony.