Science Programs and Events

The S.T.E.M. department hosts three 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

Sponsored by Irvine Public Schools Foundations, annually, this event prepares students for their science fair project. All 6th graders throughout the district are required to submit a project. It is optional for students in grades 7-12. During Ask-A-Scientist Night, students are able to ask scientists, engineers, and STEM professionals questions and get advice about their ideas for their science fair project.



Date: Postponed

Time: 6:00PM – 7:30PM

Location: Learning Center next to Creekside High School

2019 Ask-A-Scientist Night Flyer



21st century career conference

Sponsored by Irvine Public Schools Foundation in partnership with Google, Google Fiber, and the Arnold 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: Postponed

Time: 9:00 AM -12:30 PM

Location: Beckman Center





Science Showcase

2020-2021 IUSD Science Showcase


This year, given the extraordinary circumstances in which we find ourselves, there will be a few changes to this year’s event.


For students in Grades 7-12, the event will be largely be the same. However, there will not be a ceremony; instead, student projects will be celebrated at a virtual showcase during the last week of January and first week of February.


For students in Grade 6, the project will be optional and completed at home. Students may complete individual or group projects. Just as in Grades 7-12, there will not be a ceremony; instead, student projects will be celebrated at a virtual showcase during the last week of January and first week of February.


Projects will still have the chance to advance to the virtual 2021 Orange County Science and Engineering Fair.


For all students, groups can have 2-3 students. Each student in the group is responsible for significant contributions to the project. Students should practice safe social distancing when collaborating and, like professional scientists, consider collaborating virtually.


Students are required to express their intent to participate in the Showcase by October, 30, 2020, by 4p PT. Teachers will submit digital submissions for all students advancing to the IUSD District Science Showcase Celebration on January 8, 2021 by 4p PT.


Assuming that the 21-22 school year allows us to return to normalcy, we will revert to prior year rules and procedures. To minimize confusion, we are describing this year as a Science Showcase.


Please see rules for all students linked below.


2020-2021 IUSD Science Showcase Rules


6th Grade IUSD Science Showcase Parent Letter - 2020-2021

6th Grade IUSD Science Showcase Informational Slide - 2020-2021

6th Grade IUSD Science Showcase Intro Video - 2020-2021

7-12th Grade IUSD Science Showcase Information Resources - 2020-2021



Last Years Information


2020 Science Fair Rules


2020 IUSD Science Fair Results


6th Grade Results


Middle School Results


High School Results



County Information