Science & Engineering Fairs

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Students Can Earn Special Awards for Excellence in Water, Wastewater or Recycled Water Research

  • Creating a sustainable water supply
  • Protecting public health and the environment
  • Engineering the infrastructure of tomorrow

The water industry offers a world of opportunity to students interested in science, engineering, and technology.  And there’s no better way to get started than by participating in the science and engineering fairs held annually in Alameda County and Contra Costa County. Students in 6th through 12th grades do original hands-on research and compete for local recognition, plus the opportunity to move on to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

Students also compete for a wide range of special awards in specific disciplines, including the Excellence in Water Research Awards. Sponsored by 22 water and wastewater agencies in the East Bay, the awards recognize outstanding student projects related to water, wastewater or recycled water.

Scientists and engineers judge the projects, giving students the chance to meet and talk with working professionals in the water industry. Winners and their teachers receive cash awards and recognition at the fair and in their local community. View 2017 award winners

Science Fair Information for Students, Teachers, and Parents

Visit the fair websites for complete information on how to participate.

Students do not apply separately for special awards. Projects related to water, wastewater, and recycled water are automatically considered for the Excellence in Water Research Awards during fair judging.

2016 Excellence in Water Research Award Winner

Updated on 06/13/2016 10:45 a.m.

Arshia Mehta, an eight grader from Gale Ranch Middle School in San Ramon, received a special award for her water-related project at the 2016 Contra Costa County Science and Engineering Fair. The winner received her cash prize from the DSRSD Board of Directors in June.

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