2020Thank you to those who helped make sciencepalooza 2020 a success!
sciencepalooza! FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) and Information
Learn more about how you can join the fun at sciencepalooza! – the annual science fair of the East Side Union High School District. Below you will find FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) about the fair as well as information you need to know regarding important fair deadlines. We look forward to seeing you there!
- What’s sciencepalooza? sciencepalooza! is for all East Side students, whether you’re a first-time science fair participant, a returning participant, and/or someone who wants to get a head start on a project you plan to enter in the regional science fair a few weeks later. You arrive at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds by 8:30 am, pick up your special edition glow-in-the-dark sciencepalooza! t-shirt, and locate your science project poster board. Judging is from 9:00 am – 11:00 am and the Awards Ceremony starts at 11:30 am and ends at 12:15 pm.
- Who attends? Usually between 700 and 900 East Side students from all grade levels. Oak Grove was the big winner during the mid-2000s, but now Evergreen Valley and Silver Creek are vying for dominance. James Lick has been well represented recently, Santa Teresa has been there every year since the beginning, and Andrew Hill also had interesting projects that went on to the Championship. Mt. Pleasant, Piedmont Hills, and Overfelt need to represent in the 21st sciencepalooza!
- Why should I participate in sciencepalooza!? A science project is among the most authentic “real world” work you can do as a high school student. In a work environment you’ll be given projects that require you to create solutions, meet deadlines, and explain your product. About one third of last year’s sciencepalooza! participants said that discussing their projects with the judges was their favorite part of the process. You’ll get to see the work your friends and students from other schools have done. Only 2% of high school students compete in a science fair; it’s a great addition to a college application.