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Flying the Flag The Bay Area Science and Engineering Fair is a competition 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.

There is no entry fee to participate but over $200,000 in cash, trips and scholarships are awarded ever year. 

What happens at BASEF?

The science fair takes place over the course of four days, starting with project set up on Wednesday afternoon/evening, student activities and judging on Thursday, culminating with public viewing on Saturday and the Awards show the following week. Top winners go on to compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and the Canada-Wide Science Fair.

When is BASEF and where is it held?

BASEF sponsored by ArcelorMittal Dofasco will be held Wednesday March 21st to Saturrday March 24, 2018, followed by the Awards show on Tuesday March 27th, at Mohawk College

Where do I start?

Check out our Getting Started section for information on how to create a successful project and other resources. 

Make sure you Register for BASEF on time - Online Project Registration begins February. All required forms must be emailed or faxed by early March. Registration closes early March - Late Registrations cannot be accepted.

How can I help?

BASEF is a registered charity and relies entirely on volunteers and sponsors. We are always looking for volunteers and sponsors to help us make the science fair even better for students, parents and teachers.

Champion Teacher Recognition Awards

BASEF recognizes outstanding teacher support of students through the Champion Teacher Recognition Awards. If you know a teacher who meets the Eligibility criteria (see below), and you would like to see them get recognized for their outstanding work, complete the online Champion Teacher Recognition nomination form.  Nominations must be submitted by the close of Registration.


In the current BASEF year, eligible teachers must:

  • Be actively teaching in grades 7 through 12
  • Have at least one student participating in BASEF in the current BASEF year.
  • Not be related to a BASEF Committee member

NOTE: Teachers selected for this award are expected to attend the Award Ceremony at Mohawk College.

Selection Criteria:

Nominations will be evaluated by the Champion Teacher Recognition Award Committee. The Committee will be composed of members of the BASEF Organizing Committee.