COVID-19 Update

With the cancellation of external events at Mohawk College and the closure of Ontario’s publicly funded schools after March Break, BASEF is unable to hold the Science Fair in our traditional format.  BASEF acknowledges the time and effort students have put into their projects, however we support the decisions that have been made to protect the health and safety of students, volunteers and visitors.

Rather than our traditional format, students currently registered for BASEF will instead be invited to submit an online version of their project.  The final deadline for online submissions will be Monday, April 27, 2020, although the format of submissions is currently under review.

We will communicate additional information via our website and by email as soon as it becomes available.

This page will help Teachers and School Administrators understand the BASEF eligibility requirements and policies.


The Bay Area Science and Engineering Fair is a competition open to all grade seven through twelve students from Hamilton, Halton Region, Haldimand County, Norfolk County, Brant County and Six Nations. Students may attend any public, separate or private school or be home schooled. Participants must be under the age of 21 before June of the BASEF year.

For a complete list of eligibility rules and registration requirements see Eligibility Rules.

Make sure that your Students register on time. Check the event calendar for the Online Registration dates.

To help you register, check out our Teacher/Parent Registration Guide.

Late Registrations cannot be accepted.

Registration Policies

Please note the following:

  • Total registration is limited by the fair’s host site capacity and funding. In the case of over-registration, the BASEF Registrar will determine which projects will be permitted to participate.
  • Limits to the number of projects per school are set per level (junior/intermediate/senior). If more than the maximum number of projects register from any single school at the close of registration, the BASEF Registrar will work with the school and school board to determine which projects will qualify to participate in BASEF.
    • The 2019 fair limit is set at 14 projects
  • Signed consent from a school representative is NOT required for student participation
  • Forms do NOT need be sent to us before the fair.
    • The Registrar may ask for forms to be faxed or emailed to us before the fair in certain cases.
  • Students and parents must identify, complete and sign all required forms.
  • Bring all required forms to the fair for project setup and registration.

Ethics Statement

Scientific fraud and misconduct are not condoned at any level of research or competition. Such practices include plagiarism, forgery, use or presentation of other researcher’s work as one’s own and fabrication of data. Fraudulent projects will fail to qualify for competition in BASEF, CWSF or the ISEF.

Resources & Links

Teachers may find the following resources and links useful: