The 22nd annual sciencepalooza! will be held virtually on Saturday, February 6, 2021
sciencepalooza! FAQs
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Experiment Projects
Engineering Projects

Welcome! Thank you for your interest in participating in sciencepalooza! scheduled for February 6, 2021. This year, sciencepalooza! will be virtual.

ZFairs.com will host the virtual scienceplaooza! STEM Fair on February 6, 2021. Students, teachers, and judges may register to participate in the event on the sciencepalooza.zfair.com site. Student project applications will be submitted through the East Side Union High School District’s sciencepalooza! STEM Fair google classrom for consideration and feedback.

Sciencepalooza FAQs

  • What is sciencepalooza!? sciencepalooza! is the annual science fair of the East Side Union High School District of San Jose, California.
  • Who participates? Any student in Grades 9, 10, 11, or 12 who attends an East Side Union high school may participate.
  • What are the categories? Experiment-based project categories include physical sciences, life sciences, and earth/space sciences. Projects are evaluated by judges using an experiment project rubric. Engineering is a separate category with a different judging rubric.
  • Who judges? Judges come from the community—teachers, university researchers and faculty, and industry scientists.
  • Are there prizes? There are prizes in every category, certificates of recognition from community partners, and a raffle.
    Why should I participate in sciencepalooza!?
    • Personal Passion Project: Doing a science project empowers you to engage in the real work of conducting scientific research that interests you.
    • Preparation for University or Career: Conducting your own scientific research prepares you for laboratory work at a university or a career in a STEM field.
    • Preparation for Life: Working collaboratively with peers, you will gain experience in cooperating on projects, designing plans, solving problems, running tests, meeting deadlines, communicating your findings, and other important life skills.
  • Will I get to see other students’ projects? There will be time for you to visit projects from your friends and students from other East Side schools.
  • Will it help me get to college? Only 2% of high school students compete in a science fair. Writing about your discoveries and challenges in conducting your science fair project enhances a college application.


This year’s fair will be held virtually in February 2021.

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