California Teachers: Science Project Packages are no longer available for the 2019-2020 school year
If you are interested in receiving supplies for the 2020-2021 school year, please sign-up for our newsletter and we will notify you when it becomes available.

Please submit an application for materials for yourself only. Do not submit an application on behalf of a colleague(s). We require every teacher utilizing science project materials from the foundation to fill out a separate application and agree to the terms of the contribution.

Who Qualifies to Apply for a Science Project Package?

Teachers at public schools, teachers at dependent charter schools, teachers at independent charter schools with 501(c)(3) public charity status and teachers at private non-profit schools with 501(c)(3) public charity status located in Santa Clara County, California.

Required Supporting Documentation

Teachers at non-public schools must provide the name, contact information, Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) and proof of Section 501(c)(3) public charity status with the submission of the application. Please scan and email documents to: or by regular mail to:
Synopsys Outreach Foundation
PO Box 61018
Palo Alto, CA 94306

Teachers at public charter schools must provide ONE of the following.

  • A document showing your charter school’s status as a 501(c)(3) public charity including the name, contact information and Federal Identification Number (FEIN)
  • A letter from a school district, on district letterhead, stating that your charter school is part of the school district or is a dependent charter school within that school district, and confirming the school district’s exempt status. Here’s some suggested language for a letter on district letterhead and signed by district official:

“(name of school) is a dependent charter school which is part of (name of school district), and (name of school district) is tax-exempt for federal tax purposes.”

  • The name, contact information, Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) 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 Schools (which has Section 501(c)(3) public charity status) accepts the donation for the purposes of Elm Street Achievement Charter School (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 (Elm Street Charter Schools), which will have the discretion to re-grant to Elm Street Achievement Charter School. The donation will be sent to the address and location of the charity with the Section 501 (c)(3) public charity status (Elm Street Charter Schools).

Please scan and email documents to:

What is science-o-rama!

science-o-rama! is our program which provides free supplies for teachers in California and Hillsboro, OR who are hosting science or STEM/STEAM fairs.

Please Note This 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.

Materials are limited. The application process will close once the foundation’s budget allotment is reached. Materials are provided for the purposes of developing science projects, are not grants to individual teachers and 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.

Boxes containing boards and other materials must be opened immediately upon receipt. 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.

Balloon Arches

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 Balloonatics. Call 408-866-8206 or email, We strongly urge that you contact Balloonatics at least one week prior to delivery to confirm your order and delivery specifics.

Key Provisions of a Science Project Package

Each school CAPTAIN may request a contribution of science project materials, including:

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