California State Science Fair
Project Allocations - 2005

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The California State Science Fair has established the nominal target number for participating projects in the 2005 Fair at 850, the same as in recent years. Based upon our experience with the results of allocations in the years since 1998 when allocations were first necessitated, 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, along with a baseline to protect small affiliates) were changed slightly for 2005. They are given in the following table. It is anticipated that average project quality will increase in importance in setting future allocations.

 Criteria   Impact 
Population 3%
Project Participation 80%
Category Awards 17%
Baseline 6

The allocations computed from this policy are given in the next table. Allocations are rounded (up or down) to the nearest integer.

Pop 5 year averages Alloc
ID Fair (000s) Projects Awards 2005
100 Humboldt County Science Fair 130.0 24.0 14% 27
150 Lassen County Science Fair 34.9 4.0 0% 6
200 Mendocino County Science Fair 89.2 22.2 10% 24
220 Glenn County Science Fair 27.8 0.0 0% 6
240 Butte County (Chico) Science Fair 212.7 3.2 6% 6
260 Nevada County Science Fair 96.1 5.7 6% 8
280 Sonoma County Science Fair 472.7 N/A N/A 6
300 San Francisco Bay Area Science Fair 4458.1 20.2 13% 27
310 Tri-Valley Science & Engineering Fair 270.8 6.5 0% 6
350 Sacramento Regional Science and Engineering Fair 1621.6 2.8 22% 14
370 Calaveras County Science Fair 42.5 2.4 17% 10
400 San Mateo County Science Fair 717.0 41.0 12% 41
410 Santa Cruz County Science Fair 259.8 21.6 29% 33
420 Synopsys Silicon Valley Science and Technology 1729.9 31.0 18% 37
430 San Joaquin County Science Fair 613.5 4.8 0% 6
450 Tuolumne County Science Fair 56.5 6.0 0% 6
500 Monterey County Science Fair 415.8 24.6 11% 27
510 San Benito County Science Fair 56.3 4.4 0% 6
530 Central California Regional Science, Math, & Engi 1351.3 73.6 15% 71
560 Tulare County Science Fair 386.2 5.4 7% 9
600 San Luis Obispo County Science Fair 256.3 10.6 7% 13
700 Santa Barbara Science Fair 410.3 15.8 18% 23
750 Kern County Science Fair 702.9 64.0 13% 61
800 Ventura County Science Fair 791.3 58.4 14% 57
830 Los Angeles County Science Fair 9979.6 118.0 23% 119
880 RIMS Inland Counties Science & Engineering Fair 3570.2 84.0 11% 79
900 Orange County Science Fair 2978.8 86.6 19% 85
950 Greater San Diego Science & Engineering Fair 3112.5 106.6 17% 101

The allocations for 2005 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 2005 cause extreme difficulties, affected affiliates are urged to contact us immediately.

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California State Science Fair / 2005 Project Allocations / CalifSF@usc.edu