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Projects & Activities

The Healdsburg Area Science Fair is a series of events that showcases both the practical and theoretical aspect of science. The kick-off event for the week is the "technology day" where we showcase the hands-on goodness of building something exciting. The day consists of many exhibits that are likely to change from year to year. In 2016 & 2017 the lineup included a Rube Goldberg Competition for grades 6-8, Air Rockets, Catapults, a Trebuchet, Slingshots, Coding School, and Robots. The second half of the week includes displaying traditional experimental projects and (starting this year!) STEAM projects. All local students from Kindergarten through 12th grade are encouraged to join in!

Experimental and STEAM Projects

If you have an interest in the world around you and you’ve often wondered which bugs fly fastest, which soil makes the reddest radishes, which propeller produces the most thrust or you like experimenting try a Physical or Life Project. New this year will be non-competitive STEAM projects as well.

Technology Day

In addition to the Rube Goldberg competition, this hands-on family friendly event offers a series of exhibits where all ages can explore the practical aspects of science and technology. Previous years have included rockets, catapults, robots and a coding school!

Rube Goldberg Competition

If you enjoy making things and want a chance to learn more about simple machine physics as you design and build an imaginative and fun contraption try a Technology Project or come to the hands-on Technology Fair.

Science Fair v. Technology Day v. Rube Goldberg... what's in a name?

Given the rich history of the science fair, it is not surprising that certain names / terms have evolved over the years. Currently the following terms are used frequently:

"Healdsburg Area Science Fair" / "Healdsburg Science Fair" are used interchangeably to represent both the entire week long event AND specifically the science fair competition.

"Technology Day" is an umbrella term for all the exhibits & competitions that occur at the HJH during the Saturday event. The general theme for this day is teaching hands-on, practical technology. Various exhibits occur during Technology Day including the Rube Goldberg Competition.

The "Rube Goldberg Competition" is the current competition that is one of the events on Technology Day. The type of competition (Rube v. catapult v. string racer v. ?) and any specifics are determined in the fall of the year before the event.

To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.

Albert Einstein

2018 Dates

DATES/TIMES:

Science Fair Kick-Off

45-60 Minute Overview
Thursday, January 4th, 2018

LOCATION:
The Healdsburg School
33 Healdsburg Ave H
Healdsburg, CA 95448

Technology Day

Date: Saturday, March 17th, 2018

Rube Project Drop-Off and Setup : 10 AM
Rube Project Competition: 11 AM - 1 PM
Exhibits and Public Events: 10 AM - 1 PM

LOCATION:
Healdsburg Junior High
315 Grant St
Healdsburg, CA 95448

Project Competition

Registration:
Sunday, March 18th, 2018
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Monday, March 19th, 2018
7:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Public Viewing:
Wednesday, March 21st, 2018
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday, March 22nd, 2018
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Awards Night
Thursday, March 22nd, 2018
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

LOCATION:
Villa Chanticleer

1248 N. Fitch Mountain Road
Healdsburg CA 95448