September 3, 2022 | Issue 22-09

Upcoming Events

September 5 - Labor Day Holiday

October 31 - Halloween Holiday

November 18 - Registration Deadline for 2023 Sacramento Regional STEM Fair

The 2023 Sacramento Regional STEM Fair will be here sooner than you think!

Support STEM Education efforts in your community by sponsoring the Foundation. The NorCal STEM Education Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, so your donations are tax-deductible! All proceeds go toward our mission to inspire and engage students to become interested in pursuing scientific, technological, engineering, and mathematical (STEM) degrees and careers.

Donate via our PayPal here, or you can mail a check to:

NorCal STEM Education Foundation

455 Capitol Mall, Suite 500

Sacramento, CA 95814

For more information about sponsoring the Foundation, go to our website.

Registration is NOW OPEN for the 2023 Sacramento Regional STEM Fair!

Registration for the 2023 Sacramento Regional STEM Fair is NOW OPEN! Be sure to register before you complete any experimentation, to ensure your project can be reviewed by the Scientific Review Committee (SRC) and your project can be approved for competition!

Now is the time to do some background research, design your experiment, and register your project (Register a middle school project here) (Register a high school project here). Do not start your experimentation yet! The deadline to register for the 2023 Sacramento Regional STEM Fair is Friday, November 18, 2022, at 11:59 p.m.

Our SRC needs time to examine ALL registrations and approve them for safety and protocol content BEFORE you can perform your experimentation. The SRC is comprised of teachers, scientists, engineers, and various other specialties, and is dedicated to following the guidelines set by the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) to guarantee the safety of the next generation of Scientists and Engineers, like you! We recommend submitting your registration early to ensure that any discrepancies within your registration are fixed before the deadline.

Stay tuned to our social media, newsletters, and emails for more exciting details!

See you at the Sacramento Regional STEM Fair in 2023! In the meantime, we hope your Halloween Festivities are safe, joyous, and fun!

Student Scholarships

Lagman Foundation Second Chances Scholarship


November 30, 2022


Meet the following criteria requirements:

1. Be a current high school senior.

2. Have the nomination/recommendation of a teacher, counselor, caseworker, or any other unrelated adult who can speak to the applicant’s character, commitment to their academic or creative interest, participation in social justice/community, and the tremendous odds the applicant has overcome. Either the nominator or the student may submit the application.

3. Exhibit progress in overcoming adversity.

Demonstrate participation in school activities, community organizations, employment, and/or service leadership.

4. Graduate by July of their currently scheduled graduation date as of the date of scholarship award.

5. Plan to attend a college, university, vocational school, or continuing education program post-graduation.

Fill out the application on the Lagman Foundation website here.

"No Essay" Smart OWL Scholarship Sweepstakes


September 29, 2022


Meet the following criteria requirements:

1. You must be a resident of any of the 50 United States, District of Columbia or US Territories.

2. You must be 16 years of age or older.

3. You must either be enrolled in a college/university or registered in a qualified high school.

4. You must be located within the United States.

Fill out the application on the Scholarship Owl Website here.

Teachers! Does your class need help figuring out exactly how to register for the STEM Fair? We're available! Contact us at [email protected] for details and to schedule a presentation!

Support Sacramento STEM Education While you Shop!

Shop on Amazon! Contribute to a nonprofit while you shop online! Shop for gifts, school supplies, and more on Amazon to generate donations for the Sacramento Regional Science And Engineering Fair Foundation (dba NorCal STEM Education Foundation).

All you need to do is register with Amazon Smile here, then shop as you normally would, but from, Amazon can even auto-direct you there once you sign up! The same shopping experience, same prices, but with the added benefit of Amazon's support of the Foundation.

Science Spotlight

New Plesiosaur Fossils Found

Since they were first discovered in 1823 by fossil hunter Mary Anning, scientists have believed Plesiosaurs to be sea creatures, which has made the story of the Loch Ness monster all that more unbelievable. In some good news for the story of "Nessie," that may no longer be entirely true. 

Researchers from from the University of Bath and University of Portsmouth in the UK, and Université Hassan II in Morocco found small Plesiosaur fossils in a river in Africa. Bones from more than a dozen different plesiosaur individuals were found, right along fossils from Spinosaurus, aquatic dinosaurs.

The researchers theorize the plesiosaurs may have been able to swap between fresh and salt water, the way some whale and shark species can do today, like bull sharks

Read more about their research here.

NASA May Launch Artemis I TODAY! 

NASA originally planned to launch their Orion spacecraft for a launch test on Monday, August 29, 2022. During the launch attempt, engineering teams were not able to successfully cool down the four RS-25 engines to the requisite temperature of -425 degrees F.

In light of this issue, NASA engineers will try again on Saturday, September 3 at 2:17 p.m. EDT (or 11:17 a.m. our time), for the beginning of a two-hour window for Artemis I's launch test at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.  

Ahead of the launch day, teams will modify and practice propellant loading procedures, which would perform the chill down procedures 30 to 45 minutes earlier in the countdown than the procedure from August 29. 

The scientific method applies at all levels of scientific work, be it in school, for a STEM Fair competition, or working for NASA! 

Read more about the upcoming launch test here.

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