2022

Our 23rd annual event is coming

May 7th (Virtual event – Fair and Expo Utilizing ZFairs)
Student Registration  Teacher Registration

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May 14th (In-person: Celebration at San Jose State University)

 

sciencepalooza! FAQs

Getting Started

Experiment Projects

Engineering Projects

The 23rd annual sciencepalooza! will be held over two weekends:

Virtual

Saturday, May 7th, 2022

Fair and Expo Utilizing ZFairs

Offering judged and exploration options

IN-PERSON

COVID Vaccination required to attend

Saturday, May 14th, 2022

Community Celebration Event @ SJSU

Offering activities, community booths, guest speaker, student project showcase.

In order to provide more equitable experiences we are offering two tracks for students to participate in:

Exploration

For students who want to share thoughts, ideas, inspirations, & passions

  1. Exhibition model
  2. For students who have discovered, are exploring, and have lots of thoughts and ideas to share.
    Students will be given feedback.
  3. Awards for:
    • Creativity
    • In support of society & humanity
    • Communication
    • Passion
    • Innovative thinking
    • Scientific methodology
    • Local concerns

Judged

For students who want to share designs, builds, experiments, & inventions

  1. Traditional model
  2. For students who have followed a “prescriptive” path to build or create something.
  3. Students will be graded on a rubric.
  4. Winners are best in category:
    • Animal and behavioral sciences
    • Biochemical and chemical sciences
    • Energy and transportation
    • Engineering
    • Environmental sciences
    • Health sciences
    • Math and computer sciences
    • Physics and astronomical sciences
    • Plant sciences
    • Climate change and sustainability
    • Social justice and human rights

Teacher Stipends

As with previous years, the Outreach Foundation is proud to be able to offer a stipend to teachers who have supported their students participation in sciencepalooza. The stipend is open to East Side Union High School District educators who submit a W-9 form and complete a short form by June 1st, 2022 confirming the number of their students who took part in this year’s event (form below). These funds are considered taxable income and will be mailed directly to the teacher’s desired address by July 1st, 2022. The maximum amount one teacher can receive from our stipend program is $1,150. Those receiving more than $600 from this program are reported to the IRS on IRS Form 1099. Any amount is reported to the California EDD on Form DE542.

Teachers are eligible to receive a stipend according to the number of students they support in entering the fair:

  • 0-10 students: $100
  • 11-20 students: $200
  • 21-30 students: $300
  • 31-40 students: $400
  • 41-50 students: $500
  • 51-60 students: $600
  • 61-70 students: $700
  • 71-80 students: $800
  • 81-90 students: $900
  • 91+ students: $1,000

An additional $150 is available to those who act as judges or evaluators on May 7th, 2022 at the virtual fair.


Important Dates

June 1st, 2022 – All participating teachers must send a completed W9 form to Kate Houston at kate@outreach-foundation.org. Deadline for the completed form below to be submitted via email to Kate Houston at kate@outreach-foundation.org. Forms submitted after this date will be ineligible to receive the stipend.

ESUHSD

Sciencepalooza FAQs

  • What is sciencepalooza!? sciencepalooza! is the annual science fair (and celebration of all things STEM) 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.
  • How can I participate? You may choose to go through a traditional science fair model and be judged against a rubric. Alternatively, you may bring a passion project and receive feedback.
  • What are the judging categories?
    • Animal and behavioral sciences
    • Biochemical and chemical sciences
    • Energy and transportation
    • Engineering
    • Environmental sciences
    • Health sciences
    • Math and computer sciences
    • Physics and astronomical sciences
    • Plant sciences
    • Climate Change/Sustainability
    • Social Justice
  • What are the prizes?
    • Top in category prize: $250 cash (opportunity to apply in first round to Dean’s Junior Research Program)
    • 2nd place: $150 cash
    • $100 for the following:
      • Student choice
      • Most innovative
      • Most thought provoking
    • All students will also receive a certificate of achievement and the opportunity to participate in our celebration day on May 14th, 2022 at the SJSU Campus
  • Who judges? Judges come from the community—teachers, university researchers and faculty, and industry scientists.
  • 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 at our in person celebration @ SJSU on May 14th.

Questions?

Contact sciencepalooza@outreach-foundation.org with any questions you may have.

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