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Who Qualifies to Apply for a Science Project Package?

Teachers who intend to devote time outside normal classroom hours for projects entered in The 2020 Synopsys Championship and/or sciencepalooza! 2020.

Expectations of Teachers

  • Maintain Verification Forms to record and verify TEACHER time spent outside normal classroom hours. Verification forms should be sent at the same time as the submission of the application. Scan and email to hello@outreach-foundation.org or regular mail to:
    Synopsys Outreach Foundation
    PO Box 61018
    Palo Alto, CA 94306
  • Per Science Project Package Unit received, provide a minimum of 4 hours, outside normal classroom hours, of direction, guidance and assistance to students developing science projects to be entered in sciencepalooza! 2019 (students must be present at sciencepalooza! for a project to qualify).
  • Per Science Project Package Unit received, provide a minimum of 5 hours, outside normal classroom hours, of direction, guidance and assistance to students developing science projects to be entered in The 2019 Synopsys Championship. (students must be present at the Synopsys Championship for a project to qualify).

    Example:

    A teacher requests for a total of 20 Science Project Package Units: 8 Package Units for projects to be entered in sciencepalooza!, and 12 Package Units for projects to be entered in The Synopsys Championship. The teacher must spend 32 hours (8 projects x 4 hours), outside normal classroom hours, supervising the projects to be entered in sciencepalooza!; and must spend an additional 60 hours (12 projects x 5 hours), outside normal classroom hours, for projects to be entered in The Synopsys Championship.

  • 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 sciencepalooza! and/or the 2019 Synopsys Championship.
  • Serve as a judge at sciencepalooza!
  • Understand that the Science Project Package is taxable income. Science Project Packages totaling $600 and more is reported to the IRS 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 20, 2019 (for support in the 19-20 school year).
  • 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 sciencepalooza!).
  • Understand that the number of Science Project Package Units is limited, and the application process will CLOSE once the quota is reached.
  • Understand that materials provided by the Synopsys Outreach Foundation are provided for the purposes of the developing science projects 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 there is a tax liability: 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.

Key Provisions of a Science Project Package for Teachers with Participants in The Synopsys Championship

  • $200 per project payable to the teacher.
  • A contribution payable to the ESUHSDF for project materials, equipment, application fees, etc.
  • A teacher may request 20 Science Project Package Units.

Key Provisions of a Science Project Package for Teachers with Participants in sciencepalooza!

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