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, in partnership with Broadcom Foundation, annually, this event prepares 6-12 grade students for their science fair project. 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. 

Informational Flyer
Informational Video

Date: Wednesday, September 13, 2023
Time: 6:00PM – 7:15PM
Location: Learning Center next to Creekside High School

21st century career conference

Sponsored by Irvine Public Schools 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, 2023
Time: 9:20 AM -11:50 AM
Location: The Beckman Center | UCI

Science Fair

IUSD Science Fair Parent/Student Information Video  (link coming soon)
Science Fair Informational Flier

This year IUSD 6th-12th grade students will be provided the opportunity to explore their STEM passions through participation in IUSD’s annual Science Fair.  Students who choose to participate will submit a Google Site containing a digital presentation, video and brief abstract.

Sponsored by Irvine Public Schools Foundation in partnership with Broadcom Foundation, a virtual fair, in which all projects will be available for public viewing, will be live beginning December 20, 2023.  Projects that are chosen to advance to the 2024 Orange County Science and Engineering Fair (OCSEF) will be notified. 

For all students in Grades 6-12, participation in the Science Fair will be optional and completed outside of school hours.  Support will be provided by mentor teachers at each site.  Students may complete individual projects or work in groups of up to 3 people. 

A Canvas course providing detailed instructions, resources, and examples is available to all students. Teacher mentors and Science Specialists will provide the link to students.

Digital project submissions for all students participating in the IUSD District Science Fair are due no later than December 1, 2023 at 4 p.m.

Please see the Science Fair Rules for additional information.  

Important Dates

  • September 13, 2023, 6:00-7:15 p.m.: Ask a Scientist Night
    Location: Creekside Education Center

  • September 8, 2023: Deadline for 6th Grade Students to submit Intent to Participate to Science Specialists
  • December 1, 2023: IUSD Digital Project Submission Deadline
  • December 20, 2023: IUSD Virtual Science Fair

OCSEF Resources

OCSEF provides additional support for students interested in participating in a Science & Engineering Fair.

Please see this informational flier for FREE Summer opportunities with OCSEF.