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. 

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Date: Tuesday, September 10, 2024
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, March 13, 2025
Time: 9:20 AM -11:50 AM
Location: The Beckman Center | UCI

Science Fair

IPSF & Broadcom Logo

Sponsored by Irvine Public Schools Foundation in partnership with Broadcom Foundation, the IUSD Science Fair provides 6th-12th grade students the opportunity to explore their STEM passions. Students who choose to participate will submit a Google Site containing a digital presentation, video and brief abstract.  

All students will submit their projects by December 3, 2024 at 4pm PTProjects will be judged during a live interview session on the evening of December 11, 2024 at the IUSD Learning Center. 

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.

Please see the Science Fair Rules for additional information.  

Important Dates

  • Tuesday, September 10, 2024: Ask a Scientist Night
    Location: Creekside Education Center

  • September 6, 2024: Deadline for 6th Grade Students to submit Intent to Participate to Science Specialists
  • December 3, 2024: IUSD Digital Project Submission Deadline
  • December 11, 2024: IUSD Science Fair Interviews and Judging
  • January 15 & 22, 2025: IUSD Science Fair Awards Ceremonies (by invitation only)

OCSEF Resources

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


***2023-2024 Science Fair Google Site is LIVE; please click here to view***