Student Information

 2018 Fair Schedule at the San Jose Convention Center – South Hall

Wednesday March 14Registration Day setup (volunteers only)AM
Wednesday March 14Student Registrationnoon to 6 PM (doors close)
Thursday March 15Judging Day set up and Judge RegistrationAM
Thursday March 15Students at their display boards for Judging1:30 to 6 PM for high school
2 to 6 PM for middle school
Thursday March 15Public Viewing
5 to 6 PM
Students are expected to stay until 6 PM when the Fair is over and judging ends.

Parking and Student Drop Off

Parking may be tight in the convention center area. There is no free parking at South Hall. Please see our website parking info.

Parking Map at the Fair

Students and their project may be dropped off at the curb on Viola St. next to the sign STUDENT DROP OFF. However cars may NOT dwell on Viola.If a parent wants to come into the Exhibit Hall to help their student, they’ll need to find a nearby public parking lot, and meet the student at the Information Desk inside. Parents can make arrangements to contact the students (by cell phone) if they want  to pick the student up at the same sidewalk location.

Preparing for Registration on Wednesday, March 14 (project check in)

Please review this information about your project display board
Project Display Rules and Helpful Hints for Project Display

Registration will go much smoother and FASTER if each project has the following completed Additional  Forms, available on the Forms page:

  1. The 2-page Compliance Checklist may be printed and filled out by hand.
  2. The Abstract is a Word document that can be downloaded, completed, saved and printed. Middle School projects generally need 10+ copies; High School students need 15+ copies. One copy gets attached to the application. The other copies are for judges to pick up at the display board.
  3. Two copies of Form 1C are required for all RRI projects (grades 9 to 12 projects mentored by a professional research scientist/engineer). One copy stays with the application; the other copy gets taped to the desk in front of the display board.
  4. A signed Informed Consent Form for each participant if your project used human subjects and the forms are required on Form 4 by the SRC reviewers.


What to Expect on Judging Day, Thursday, March 15

  • Wear your name tag (received at Registration March 14).
  • You are expected to be at your project display between 1:30 – 5:00 PM for high school students and 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM for middle school students. Don’t come too early, because we won’t open the doors to South Hall prior to 1:25 PM(senior high) or 1:55 PM(junior high)! [However, students who need to complete compliance requirements must come 30 minutes early.]
  • Leave a note (with a time indication) at your project if you have gone to the restroom.
  • You may be asked to stay by your project from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM so that we can complete judging. If not, this is your chance to view other projects at the fair. Projects are open to public viewing between 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM.
  • Judges will probably come to speak with you one at a time. Some Judges represent Category Awards (1st, 2nd, HM in scientific category), while others are looking for Special Award recipients, and all are really important. Please ask category judges (wearing blue ribbons) to sign your Compliance Checklist.
  • There may be long periods when no one is there to judge your project. Bring a good book or homework to read while sitting quietly.
  • Bring bottled water. You can bring food if you think you will be hungry, but keep your project area tidy. Food will not be sold/available.
  • Dress for success. You are encouraged to dress as neatly and professionally as you can. Don’t forget to wear your name tag.
  • Remove projects from 6:00 to 6:30 PM only. Boards removed before 6 may be disqualified.

SYNOPSYS CHAMPIONSHIP public viewing 5–6 PM on March 15

Notice Regarding Fair Attendance

  • Students must be present at the board to be judged.  If on a restroom break, students should leave a conspicuous note at their board with an estimated time of return.  For team projects, at least one of authors must be present before judging will be allowed.
  • Students represent their school to the public during viewing time 5-6 PM.
  • Students are expected to stay until 6PM when judging is over and fair ends. If they must leave before 6, students must be signed out by their parent or legal guardian.


Judging by Project Category and Field of Study

Judging FAQ for Students

The codes used to assign project numbers may have changed. For more information on Categories, Fields of Study and project numbers, go to

  • Students must choose a Category and Field of Study for their project. An accurate choice of the Field of Study increases the likelihood that your project will be assigned to judges who understand and appreciate your project.
  •  For Category Awards, projects will be judged by category in groups of about 8 to 12 projects by a team of at least two judges. Projects are judged with projects from similar fields of study.
  • Projects done at home, school or in the field (non RRI) continue to be judged by grade and category. Grade 11 and 12 projects may be judged together to improve the quality of judging.
  • Projects (grades 9 to 12 only) done at Regulated Research Institutions (RRI) are judged by category only. (Category judging in the California State Science Fair and Intel International Science and Engineering Fair is not done by grade).
  • Awards will be given in four categories. The overall % category awards given remains the same (about 30% total) as previous years.
  • All MIDDLE SCHOOL projects must be done in the school, home, or outdoor field.  No projects will be admitted for work done in a research institution.
  • HIGH SCHOOL projects may be done in a Regulated Research Institution (RRI) such as a university, college, or professional research institution, provided all rules regarding their use are followed.  High school students should list their Teacher/Adult Sponsor as their sponsoring high school teacher, and their RRI supervisor as their Mentor.

The Synopsys Championship Awards Ceremony will be held on April 8, 2018

The winners list will be posted on the web site after the fair.
Why aren’t the results posted immediately?



Please read the Intel ISEF Rules and Guidelines before you start your project.
  • As an Intel ISEF affiliated fair, the Synopsys Championship follows Intel ISEF Rules and has adapted the forms that appear on the ISEF web site.
  • SCVSEFA web pages provide information about requirements and procedures that are specific to the Synopsys Championship.


Please review all of the information links in the left menu under the category of Students to learn how to find a project and apply online for the 2018 Synopsys Championship.

Please go to the Rules and Registration tab or Online Registration link to begin participation in the 2018 Synopsys Championship.




Student Clinic slide presentation

Engineering_Workshop_2018 slide presentation