Young scientists are gearing up for IUSD’s 33rd annual District Science Fair


IUSD’s 33rd annual District Science Fair is set to take place on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at Woodbridge High School.

The fair will once again be brought to you by the Broadcom Foundation, in partnership with the Irvine Public Schools Foundation, and if it’s anything like last year’s event, we’re going to see some pretty impressive projects.

Submissions in 2013 included “Sweet Dreams: How Bedtime Activities Affect Sleep Quality,” “Do The Number Of Fins On A Surfboard Affect Its Ease Of Maneuver?” and, of course, “A Novel Method In Optimizing Monte Carlo Tree Search With Upper Confidence Trees By Divide And Conquer Paradigms And Local Search Optimization In Artificial Intelligence.”

Parents are encouraged to check with their child’s school or science teacher to learn more about specific requirements and deadlines. And you may also want to check in with the rules and regulations for the Orange County Science & Engineering Fair.

In the meantime, here are a tips worth noting:

  • To be eligible for the Orange County Science & Engineering Fair, students must have participated in IUSD’s Science Fair, and they need to inform their science teachers, who must approve each entry.
  • OCSEF limits IUSD to 125 entrants, and county projects will be selected based on student interest, input from the students’ science teachers and ribbons awarded at the district level.
  • Not all blue ribbon winners from the IUSD Science Fair will be selected to participate in the OCSEF, and in fact some red ribbon winners might make the cut. The district’s Honorable Mention winners won’t be eligible to participate unless there aren’t enough blue ribbon and red ribbon winners to fill the 125 allocated slots.
  • The information above is subject to change.

Once again, be sure to check with your child’s school and the OCSEF Rules & Regulations before planning your project. And good luck!