The fair is a learning laboratory. The classroom includes STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program including robots, solar energy, environmental education, agricultural education, physics, and math. Programs are interactive and fun! They range from short drop in programs for all ages to daylong events for middle school students as well as community service volunteer opportunities for high school students. The fair runs from June 20-July 8 except on Mondays.
The Education Department of the fair also welcomes entries from many schools in the country to showcase the talent of students of all ages. Over 3000 entries have been received each year such as photography, drawing, painting, science projects, social studies projects, drafting, crafts, technology and much more. There is no fee to enter and fair staff work closely with teachers who are interested in promoting the work of their students to make it as easy as possible. Students who enter receive a free ticket to attend the fair and see their work on display. All students receive ribbons awarded by judges who are experts in their fields. The pride of the student, parent, teacher and school is tremendous! Check www.alamedacountyfair.com under the competitive exhibits tab for more information. Online entry deadline is June 1.
For 10th-12th grade students, there are many volunteer opportunities at the fair for one day or many days. The fair is especially looking for volunteers to help with the many STEM educational activities. They also need volunteers for most of the other fair activities from information desks to taking care of small animals.
The fair is celebrating their 100th anniversary. We hope you take advantage of these fabulous programs.