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: Wednesday, October 16, 2019

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: Thursday, December 12, 2019

Time: 9:00 AM -12:30 PM

Location: Beckman Center





Science fair

Sponsored by Irvine Public Schools Foundations in partnership with Broadcom Foundation, 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.


39th Annual Irvine Unified School District Science Fair


Project Drop-Off:

Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Time: 2:30 - 6:00 PM

Location: Northwood High School Gym


Project Judging:

Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Time: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Location: Northwood High School Gym

*Only Students Allowed In The Gym During Judging


Open House Reception

Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Time: 5:00 -6:00 PM

Location: Northwood High School Gym


Awards Ceremony

Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Time: 6:30 - 8:00 PM (Both ceremonies will be held at the same time.)

Location: Northwood High School Gym for 6th  Grade Students

                    Northwood High School Theater for Middle and High School Students


2020 Science Fair Rules


2020 IUSD Science Fair Results


6th Grade Results


Middle School Results


High School Results



Last Years Information


2019 IUSD Science Fair Results


6th Grade Results


Middle School Results


High School Results


Irvine Ranch Water District Awards



County Information