California State Science Fair
Project Allocations - 2004

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The California State Science Fair has established the nominal target number for participating projects in the 2004 Fair at 850, the same as in recent years. Based upon our experience with the results of allocations in the previous five years, we have established this year's allocations for each affiliate as given in the table below. Note that the total of all allocations is significantly greater than our participation target — built into the allocations listed below is the assumption that a certain fraction will not be utilized. Thus it is important to recognize that unutilized allocations of one affiliate will not be reassigned to another.

The fractions of the total allocations which derive from each of the previously established criteria (population, previous participation and category awards, and a baseline to protect small affiliates) have not been changed for 2004. They are given in the following table.

 Criteria   Impact 
Population 5%
Project Participation 80%
Category Awards 15%
Baseline 6

The allocations computed from this policy are given in the next table. For your reference, the values used for each of the three input quantities are also included, as well as the year 2003 allocations and the actual number of projects participating in 2003. Allocations for 2004 are rounded (up or down) to the nearest integer.

Pop 5 year averages Alloc Actual Alloc
Fair (000s) Projects Awards 2003 2003 2004
Humboldt County Science Fair 128.3 23.0 21% 27 26 29
Lassen County Science Fair 35.0 3.7 0% 6 0 6
Mendocino County Science Fair 88.2 21.2 11% 23 23 23
Glenn County Science Fair 27.1 0.0 0% 6 0 6
Butte County (Chico) Science Fair 210.4 2.8 7% 6 4 6
Nevada County Science Fair 95.7 7.5 7% 13 10 9
San Francisco Bay Area Science Fair 4458.1 20.2 14% 29 22 29
Tri-Valley Science & Engineering Fair 270.8 7.0 0% 6 7 6
Placer County Science Fair 275.6 3.0 0% 6 0 6
Sacramento County Science Fair 1621.6 2.4 25% 14 5 15
Calaveras County Science Fair 42.5 2.8 14% 6 2 9
San Mateo County Science Fair 717.0 41.4 11% 40 40 41
Santa Cruz County Science Fair 259.8 18.8 24% 24 25 27
Synopsys Silicon Valley Science and Technology Championship 1729.9 30.6 13% 32 32 34
San Joaquin County Science Fair 613.5 5.4 0% 6 6 6
Tuolumne County Science Fair 56.5 5.3 0% 6 6 6
Monterey County Science Fair 415.8 24.0 11% 27 21 25
San Benito County Science Fair 56.3 3.6 0% 6 6 6
Central California Regional Science, Math, & Engineering Fair 1351.3 74.2 16% 70 70 71
Tulare County Science Fair 386.2 5.0 5% 7 7 7
San Luis Obispo County Science Fair 256.3 10.8 7% 13 8 13
Santa Barbara Science Fair 410.3 14.2 18% 21 18 20
Kern County Science Fair 702.9 66.0 13% 63 63 62
Ventura County Science Fair 791.3 60.0 13% 57 52 57
Los Angeles County Science Fair 9979.6 115.0 25% 121 122 120
RIMS Inland Counties Science & Engineering Fair 3570.2 86.0 12% 83 83 82
Orange County Science Fair 2978.8 88.0 18% 85 86 85
Greater San Diego Science & Engineering Fair 3112.5 109.2 18% 103 104 103

The actual count of projects for certain fairs in 2003 appears greater than their allocations owing to qualification through STS and special appeals. The allocations for 2004 are changed for about half of all affiliates, and of these, about half were increased and half decreased. Small fairs are guaranteed not to have their allocation reduced below the baseline specified in the policy table above. In cases where the revised allocations for 2004 cause extreme difficulties, affected affiliates are urged to contact us immediately.

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California State Science Fair / 2004 Project Allocations / CalifSF@usc.edu