science projects. prepare students for life.
The Synopsys Silicon Valley Science & Technology Outreach Foundation enables and celebrates teachers and students developing science projects at K-12 public schools and private non-profit schools with 501(c)(3) public charity status in California and select schools affiliated with regional offices of Synopsys, Inc. In addition to sponsoring numerous science fairs including The Synopsys Championship, The Sonoma County STEAM Showcase, The Synopsys Alameda Science & Engineering Fair and sciencepalooza!, foundation programs and competitions include The Advanced Science Research Facility, The Advanced Science Research Class, SuperSchool teacher training seminars, the Synopsys Outreach Foundation n + 1 Prize, Science Fair 101 for Parents and contributions of science project poster boards and data collecting devices to eligible schools across California and parts of Oregon.
The Foundation helps to enable and celebrate students and teachers developing science projects.
Applications for the 2017-'18 academic year will be available at noon on August 21. We’ll accept applications until noon on September 8; however, we may close the application period sooner if the foundation reaches its budget quota.
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Dear Santa Clara County Teachers,
Some of your students may look to their parents for guidance in designing a science project. If the parents have little or no experience developing a science project, a Science Fair 101 presentation at your school might help.
Science Fair 101 demonstrates the science project basics for parents. The presentation is FREE, lasts around 30-45 minutes, is held in the evening and is appropriate for grades K-6.
sciencepalooza! is the annual science fair exclusively for students in the East Side Union High School District of San Jose. Approximately 600 students participate in the fair, held each year at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds. Their science projects are judged by professionals from businesses, schools, and universities throughout Silicon Valley. The 18th annual sciencepalooza! will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017.
My Science Fair Experience
Whether satisfying or frustrating or somewhere in between, a science project usually provides a memorable experience. In most instances, it serves as a rite-of-passage for students. Sometimes, it ignites a spark and propels a student to a career in science or engineering.
We’re interested in hearing about your science fair experience. Did it provide a good recollection? Is it remembered as a catastrophe? Did it move you closer to science or perhaps put you on a path to a scientific career?
SuperSchool Teacher Training Seminars
The Foundation periodically offers FREE grade-specific teacher training seminars that are designed and taught by teachers, tied to California’s Next Generation Science Standards, approved for CEUs and include a contribution to the teacher’s school of workshop materials. Classes are held at Oak Grove HS in San Jose. Summer 2017 classes include:
Got (Plants) Science? Grades K-8, July 11 (full) Second Class Added July 12
Plants: Their Parts and What We Do With Them, Grades 3-8, July 13
Got (Animal) Science? Grades K-8, July 18 (full) Second Class Added July 19
Waves: Light, Sound, Action! Grades 4-12 July 20