California Science & Engineering Fair
Schedule of Activities 2018

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All activities and events will take place within the California Science Center, including its main building and the Wallis Annenberg Building.

Monday, April 23, 2018
10:00 a.m.   Registration Opens
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.   Affiliated County and Regional Fairs Conference
Location: California Science Center Administrative Offices, Conference Room 3 (Fourth floor)
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.   Science Fair Seminar for Everyone
How to Talk with a Judge
Location: Admin East
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.  *  Public Viewing
All students are requested to be present at their displays.
3:30 p.m.   Registration Closes
All projects must be registered by this time, though a short additional time is allowed to complete the Display Approval process.
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  *  Opening Ceremony and Keynote Address
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Linda Spilker, Jet Propulsion Laboratory Project Scientist for the recently completed Cassini mission directing the exploration of Saturn, its rings, and its moons.
Location: Big Lab, Wallis Annenberg Building

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
7:00 a.m. - 7:50 a.m.   Science Center opens for judges and participants only.
Students must exit at 7:50 a.m.
8:00 a.m. - 8:25 a.m.   Mandatory Student Orientation
Location: Big Lab, Wallis Annenberg Building
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.   All judges examine project displays before the First Judging Session.
No interviews will be conducted because no students should be present at this time.
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  *  First Session of Judging for all awards, in parallel. Includes:
All Category Awards
All Special Awards
All Recognition Awards
Science Fair Student of the Year project reviews.
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   California Science & Engineering Fair Teacher of the Year Interviews
Location: California Science Center Administrative Offices, Conference Room 3 (Third floor)
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.   Scheduled Break in Judging
No interviews will be conducted during this time. Some non-category judges may still be in attendance to review project displays, but students are not required to be at their projects.
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  *  Final Session of Judging for Category and Special Awards.
Recognition Awards presented to winners at their projects.
12:30 p.m.   Judging Ends. All participants must exit the Science Center.
All displays must remain in place until Removal Time (below).
12:30 p.m.   California Science & Engineering Fair Student of the Year
Finalists Announced
Location: Under the Rotunda, Outside South Doors, CSC
12:30 p.m.   Students are now free.
Local opportunities begin with the Science Fair Seminar at 2:00 pm , and include sites such as the IMAX Theatre, California Science Center, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, California African American Museum, and the USC Campus.
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.   California Science & Engineering Fair Student of the Year Interviews
Location: California Science Center Administrative Offices, Conference Room 3 (Third floor)
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.   Project Removal
All projects must be removed now. The display tables on which the projects are set up will be broken down beginning at 3:30 pm. Projects not removed during this Project Removal period will be discarded.
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.   Science Fair Seminars for Everyone
How to Do a Better Science Project and Telling a Scientific Story: Presenting Data
Location: Admin East
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  *  Awards Ceremony
Location: Big Lab, Wallis Annenberg Building
Only participants and award presenters will be admitted to this ceremony.

Awards Ceremony Viewing
Location 1: IMAX Theatre for persons holding a Junior Division Viewing Pass
Location 2: Admin East for persons holding a Senior Division Viewing Pass
Only persons holding a Viewing Pass will be admitted to the viewings. Each CSEF participant will be given at Registration one division-specific Viewing Pass for one accompanying guest.

* Photographs will be taken, and press interviews (newspaper, radio, and TV) may be held at these times. Fair photographs will be posted to the World Wide Web. Please dress appropriately.

[CSEF Bar] Last updated: Wed Mar 7 11:24:03 PST 2018
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