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

Sponsored by 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.



Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Time: 6:00PM – 7:30PM

Location: Rancho San Joaquin Middle School

2018 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 13, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM -12:30 PM

Location: Beckman Center





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.



32nd Annual Astounding Inventions®



Project Drop-off;

Date: January 25, 2019

Time: 3:00PM – 6:30PM

Location: Irvine Valley College Gym


Main Event:

Date: January 26, 2019

Time: 9:00AM – 2:00PM

Location: Irvine Valley College Gym


Information on this years event


Astounding Inventions - Important Dates 2018-2019

Astounding Inventions Student Rule Sheet

Astounding Inventions Pitch Video Information

Inventor's Notebook

Judging Criteria




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.


38th Annual Irvine Unified School District Science Fair


Project Drop-Off:

Date: Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Time: 2:30 - 6:00 PM

Location: Northwood High School Gym


Project Judging:

Date: Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Time: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Location: Northwood High School Gym


Open House Reception

Date: Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Time: 5:00 -6:00 PM

Location: Northwood High School Gym


Awards Ceremony

Date: Wednesday, February 6, 2019

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 Media Center for Middle and High School Students


2019 IUSD Science Fair Rules


2019 IUSD Science Fair Results


6th Grade Results


Middle School Results


High School Results


Irvine Ranch Water District Awards



County Information