About the 2018 Synopsys Championship

The annual Synopsys Championship showcases students in the Santa Clara County of California who will become our future scientists, technology experts, engineers, and mathematicians. This regional competition celebrates achievement by middle and high school students supported by their parents, teachers, and schools.

Through the annual Fair competition, hundreds of the area’s students are challenged to go beyond their classroom studies to do independent project-based research. They work independently or in teams to address questions in the fields of Computer Science, Environmental Science, Medicine & Health, Chemistry, Biology, and a half dozen other categories.

The Synopsys Championship is affiliated with the Society for Science & the Public, and selects projects which go on to compete and win in other state and national competitions, including the prestigious Intel International Science & Engineering Fair. But whether or not a student wins, every student is celebrated and encouraged by the hundreds of other attending students, parents, teachers, mentors, sponsors, judges, and members of the public.

The 2018 Synopsys Championship will be held Thursday, March 15th at the San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, California, with PUBLIC VIEWING from 5 to 6 PM.

Students will present in junior (6th – 8th grade) and senior (9th – 12th grade) divisions in multiple areas of study. Fair participants are drawn from public, private, parochial and home-schools in Santa Clara County.

The Synopsys Championship Awards Ceremony will be held on April 8, 2018, at the Campbell Heritage Theater at 1 PM for middle school award recipients and 3:30 PM for high school award recipients.

Why Enter the Championship?

  • All students have an opportunity to present their work to the public, other students, and some of the approximately 500 category and special award judges.
  • All participants receive a commemorative pin and certificate.
  • First place, Second place, and Honorable Mention merit prizes are awarded by SCVSEFA for projects in the Junior and Senior Divisions.
  • Selected Grand Prize recipients advance to an all-expenses-paid trip to the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, May 13-18, 2018.
  • Projects in the Junior and Senior Divisions are selected to be eligible to compete in the California Science & Engineering Fair in Los Angeles,  April 23-24, 2018.
  • Selected winners in the junior division are eligible to further compete in the Broadcom MASTERS Competition, October 2018 in Washington DC.
  • In addition, over 60 area companies, private, professional and governmental organizations present Special Awards based on each organization’s criteria.