Science Programs and Events

The S.T.E.M. department hosts four major events throughout the school year. The purpose of these events is to further peak student interest in STEM related fields. Many scientists from our community donate their time to mentor, judge, and/or teach our IUSD students. 

If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering as a scientist for any of these events please fill out this form IUSD STEM Events Volunteer Registration. A STEM background is required. 

For more information please call the STEM department at (949) 936-5057 or via email at 


Ask-A-Scientist Night

In partnership with Irvine Public Schools Foundations, annually, students in Grades 6 - 12 have the opportunity to develop a Science Fair Project. To assist students with their investigative questions and designs for their project, we sponsor Ask-A-Scientist Night. Scientists from the community volunteer to advise students on their project ideas and answer questions. *New this year: We will be having two Ask-A-Scientist Nights. One for year round students and one for traditional students.


Year Round Sites

Date: Thursday, August 31, 2017

Time: 6:00PM – 7:00PM

Location: Rancho San Joaquin Middle School

2017 Ask-A-Scientist Night Flyer - August 31st


Traditional Sites

Date: Thursday, September 28, 2017

Time: 6:00PM – 7:30PM

Location: Rancho San Joaquin Middle School

2017 Ask-A-Scientist Night Flyer - September 28th 


Information About Last year's Event

2016 Ask-A-Scientist Night Flyer 

2016 Ask-A-Scientist Night Acknowledgements 

21st century career conference

Presented by Irvine Public Schools Foundation in partnership with Google and the Harold and Mabel Beckman Foundation. Select Middle School students have the opportunity to attend four break-out sessions. Students hear from a variety of dynamic speakers about the many exciting facets of scientific, technological, and engineering careers. Members of the community volunteer to speak or conduct demonstrations about their STEM related careers. Due to the limited space for this event, the selection process of which students may attend is at the discretion of the teacher.


Date: Thursday, December 14, 2017

Time: 9:00 AM -12:30 PM

Location: Beckman Center


Information About Last Year's Event


2017 Speakers and Sessions



Astounding inventions

Astounding Inventions®is an invention fair highlighting handmade inventions by students from the Irvine and Tustin School Districts in kindergarten through eighth grade. This event is hosted by Irvine Valley College Foundation and was established to promote student interest and learning in math and science.



31st Annual Astounding Inventions®


Astounding Inventions - Important Dates 2018

2018 Astounding Inventions Letter to Parents

2018 Astounding Inventions Student Rule Sheet

2018 Pitch Video Information

Student Inventor's Notebook

Judging Criteria

Astounding Inventions Flyer 2018


Student Check-in:

Date: Friday, January 26, 2018

Time: 3:00PM – 6:30PM

Location: Irvine Valley College Gym


Main Event:

Date: Saturday, January 27, 2018

Time: 9:00AM – 2:00PM

Location: Irvine Valley College Gym

Science fair

In partnership with Irvine Public Schools Foundations,the IUSD Science Fair gives students the opportunity to submit their science project for judging. Community volunteers judge projects and interview students, reviewing the exhibit and the project notebook. Students range from Grades 6 - 12 with either a Life, Physical, Earth and Space, Environmental, or Engineering project category.





2018 IUSD Science Fair Results


6th Grade Results


Middle School Results


High School Results


Irvine Ranch Water District Awards




County Information

Orange County Science and Engineering Fair Website (OCSEF)

Results from 63rd Annual OCSEF (2018)

State Information

California Science & Engineering Fair (2018)


Information about last year's event

The 36th Annual Irvine Unified School District Science Fair was held on February 28, 2017 at Portola High School.

36th Annual Science Fair Program

36th Annual Science Fair Open House Flyer

Science Fair Intro Letter 2016-2017