School sites across IUSD will hold school level science fairs. Your child must participate in a school level science fair to advance to the District Science Fair and/or the Orange County Science and Engineering Fair. Please see below the eligibility rules for the Orange County Science and Engineering Fair.
This information is SUBJECT TO CHANGE.Please visit the link above for the most up to date information from OCSEF.
If you plan on entering OCSEF, you must tell your science teacher. Your science teacher must approve your entry! Be sure to check OCSEF Rules & Regulations before beginning your project.
To be eligible for the Orange County Science & Engineering Fair (OCSEF), students must have participated in the IUSD Science Fair.
Students may enter OCSEF as an individual project, or they may enter as part of a team project with 2 or 3 members total.
Team projects will be placed in the same categories as individual projects. Judges will have higher expectations for the originality, scientific value, and completeness of team projects done by 2 or 3 authors working together in comparison with the work done by one student.
All work on team projects must be acknowledged; all team members must be present at the judging interview to be considered for category awards.
OCSEF limits IUSD to 125 entrants. Projects selected to enter OCSEF will be determined based on the following criteria:
Interest by the student in participating in OCSEF.
Ribbon awarded at the IUSD District Science Fair.
Not ALL Blue Ribbon winners at the IUSD Science Fair will be selected to participate in OCSEF.
Red Ribbon winners at the IUSD Science Fair may be selected to participate in OCSEF.
Honorable Mention winners will NOT be eligible to be selected to participate in OCSEF unless we are unable to fill our 125 allocated entries from the Blue and Red Ribbon winners.
Input from the student’s science teacher.
Registration for OCSEF takes place on-line. For rules, details and deadlines, please visit their website at: www.ocsef.org.
IMPORTANT: To be eligible to register for OCSEF, your child must have participated in the District Science Fair and met the criteria explained above. No exceptions. Please be sure to check with your child’s school as to requirements and deadlines for entering the District Science Fair, as well as the OCSEF Rules & Regulations before planning your project.
ELEMENTARY SCIENCE SPECIALIST PROGRAM
All fourth, fifth, and sixth graders in the Irvine Unified School District receive 120 minutes of hands-on science instruction each week. An additional 60 minutes of science instruction is provided by each child's classroom teacher. This program is unique among Orange County school districts!
This comprehensive science program includes a balanced curriculum including Earth, Life, and Physical Science as well as Investigation and Experimentation skills. Additionally, all students receive instruction and practice in the Scientific Method and students are required to complete a Science Fair project.