Science Project Package Application
For teachers at public schools and private not for profit 501(c)(3) schools with public charity status in Santa Clara County, CA
(Requesting Materials and Compensation)
Applications for 2016-'17 will be available at noon on August 22.
Applications are due by noon on September 15. However, the application process may close sooner if the foundation reaches its budget quota.Recently, several teachers receiving compensation from the foundation's Science Project Package Program have been contacted by the City of San Jose and informed that they need to register with the City as a small business and, accordingly, pay a small business tax to the City of San Jose. If you receive a Science Project Package from the foundation you should be aware that you may be contacted by the City and required to register and pay this additional tax.
Who Qualifies to Apply for a Science Project Package?
Teachers at public schools and teachers at private non-profit schools with 501(c)(3) public charity status in Santa Clara County, California.
Note: teachers serving as SCHOOL CAPTAINS at non-public schools must provide a copy of their school's 501(c)(3) IRS determination letter no later than 5:00 pm on September 22, 2016. Please scan and email documents to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: teachers serving as SCHOOL CAPTAINS at Charter Schools must provide ONE of the following no later than 5:00 pm on September 22, 2016. Please scan and email documents to: email@example.com
- A document showing your charter school's status as a 501(c)(3) public charity.
- A letter from a school district, on district letterhead, stating that your charter school is part of the school district or is a public school within that school district, and confirming the school district's exempt status.
- The name, contact information and proof of Section 501(c)(3) public charity status of another charity that will accept the donation for your purposes. For example, Elm Street Charter School (which has Section 501(c)(3) public charity status) accepts the donation for the purposes of Elm Street Charter School II (which does not have its own tax-exempt status). In this case, the donation will be made to the charity with Section 501(c)(3) public charity status, who will have the discretion to re-grant to your charter school.
Expectations for Teachers
Understand that failure to have at least TWO projects participate in The 2017 Synopsys Championship will result in nullification of the entire Science Project Package, including the Package for projects entered in science-o-rama!
Maintain Verification Forms to record and verify TEACHER time spent outside normal classroom hours. Booklets must be received by the Foundation no later than 5:00 pm on May 1, 2017
Per Science Project Package Unit received, provide a minimum of 2 hours, outside normal classroom hours, of direction, guidance and assistance to students developing science projects to be entered in science-o-rama!
Per Science Project Package Unit received, provide a minimum of 3 hours, outside normal classroom hours, of direction, guidance and assistance to students developing science projects to be entered in The Synopsys Championship.
A teacher requests a total of 15 Science Project Package Units: 8 Units for projects to be entered in science-o-rama!, and 7 Units for projects to be entered in The Synopsys Championship. The teacher must spend 16 hours (8 projects x 2 hours), outside normal classroom hours, supervising the projects to be entered in science-o-rama!, and must spend an additional 21 hours (7 projects x 3 hours), outside normal classroom hours, for projects to be entered in The Synopsys Championship.
A teacher can request a TOTAL of 15 Science Project Package Units.
Encourage students to undertake projects of significant depth and term and provide direction, guidance and assistance to ensure the proper submission of applications for participation in science-o-rama! and/or The 2017 Synopsys Championship.
Understand that the Science Project Package is taxable income. Science Project Packages totaling $600 and more is reported on IRS Form 1099. Science Project Packages of any amount is reported to the California EDD on Form DE542. The information provided here is for informational purposes only and is not intended as tax advice. Please consult your personal tax advisor.
Submit a completed W-9 tax form to the Foundation by 5:00 pm on September 15.
Understand that a maximum of three students may work on one project and that a project cannot be double-counted (e.g. a teacher may not receive 2 Science Project Package Units for the same project entered in both The Synopsys Championship and science-o-rama!).
Understand that the number of Science Project Package Units is limited, and the application process will CLOSE once the quota is reached.
Understand that applying for a Science Project Package is a two-step process: 1) individual teachers apply and 2) upon approval of the application, teachers confer and choose ONE SCHOOL CAPTAIN who will be responsible for placing one order for science project materials for your school.
Understand that materials provided by the Synopsys Outreach Foundation are provided for the purposes of developing science projects to schools and not grants to individual teachers.
Understand that materials provided by the Foundation are to be used or spent only for the purposes of developing and displaying science projects and general science learning for students in grades K-12.
Understand that boxes containing deliveries of boards and other materials must be opened immediately upon receipt and that any shortages and discrepancies must be reported to the Foundation no later than 10 days after receipt. The Foundation cannot correct shorted deliveries that are reported after that date.
Key Provisions of a Science Project Package for teachers with student entrants in The Synopsys Championship
$75 per project payable to the teacher.
Key Provisions of a Science Project Package for teachers with student participants in science-o-rama!
$50 per project payable to the teacher.
All information regarding delivery of a balloon arch to your school should be sent directly to Balloonatics. This includes new delivery dates, changes to existing dates, delivery locations, etc.
Balloonatics is our exclusive vendor. Please deal directly with them.
Call 408-866-8206 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We strongly urge that you contact Balloonatics at least one week prior to delivery to CONFIRM your order and delivery specifics.
Science Project Package Application and Timeline
Applications are due by noon on September 15. However, the application process may close sooner if the foundation reaches its budget quota.
Synopsys Outreach Foundation
PO Box 635
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921-0635