Important Dates & Times

Wednesday January 27, 2021 at 12:00 AM
Wednesday April 28, 2021 at 11:59 PM
Wednesday April 28, 2021 at 11:59 PM
Monday May 03, 2021 at 12:00 AM
Friday May 07, 2021 at 11:59 PM
Monday May 03, 2021 at 12:00 AM
Wednesday May 05, 2021 at 10:00 AM


There are two OSEF rules for students:

  1. You investigate a question or solve a problem that matters to you!
  2. You share your work with the community!

Check out the submission criteria and OSEF rubric to help guide your work.

About OSEF

The annual OUSD Science & Engineering Fair is a celebration of student STEM learning in the Oakland Unified School District. It is a non-competitive event, where all participating students receive a custom certificate, ribbon or medal and feedback on their project. This is our 63rd OSEF and second-ever virtual fair! 

Learn more about OUSD by checking out our OUSD Fast Facts.

Viewing Projects

Community members can view projects starting on May 5! More information on this coming soon.

What to Expect During the Fair

This year's OSEF is completely virtual and will take place May 3-7

  • May 3-4 - Local scientists & engineers will review student projects 
  • May 5-7 - Students and scientists/engineers will discuss projects & research on zoom calls moderated by teachers. Community members will have the opportunity to view and celebrate student work.


Earth and Space Science
Engineering, Technology & Application of Science
Life Science
Physical Science

Judge Criteria

Link for Rubric






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