IUSD students in grades 6-12 participated in the District’s 40th annual Science Fair, which was held virtually, from January 29-February 12. During the fair, students presented an impressive array of biological, physical and engineering projects.
Congratulations to all participants, who submitted outstanding projects. IUSD will advance 137 students to the Orange County Science and Engineering Fair and 38 IUSD students will advance to the 2021 Broadcom MASTERS.
Additionally, the Broadcom Foundation launched its inaugural Coding with Commitment Prize this year, awarding it to Dylan Sanchez, from Eastshore Elementary School, for his project, Human Monitoring and Alerting Device, which combines STEM knowledge and computational thinking in a project designed to improve his community.
Melody Yu, from Rancho San Joaquin Middle School was also honored for her project, Smart Crossing Guard Aid, with the Lemelson Early Inventor Prize. This award is provided by the Society for Science to one middle school student at a Fair like IUSD’s Science Showcase that are affiliated with the 2021 Broadcom MASTERS. The award recognizes projects that apply problem solving, entrepreneurial thinking, and empathy to improve the quality of life in a community.
Thank you to the students, families and staff who made this year’s showcase a success. And, a thank you to the IUSD Board of Education and to Superintendent Terry Walker for their support, and to the Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF) for their sponsorship, in partnership with the Broadcom Foundation. Collectively, through this partnership, we share important goals of empowering young people to become STEM-minded critical thinkers who are inspired to become the scientists, engineers, and innovators of the future.