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    NEW DATE: submit applications by Jan 2 for review at the next SRC meeting

    December 9, 2017

    The FINAL deadline for applications is January 30, but you can avoid the last minute crush and help speed up the acceptance process by submitting your application by January 2. We expect 500 applications between now and the final deadline, but the SRC can review and respond to applications received by January 2 at its next meeting in early January. (Any applications that were received or postmarked by December 1 have automatic priority.)

    Reminder: It is now too late to submit any project that requires SRC pre-approval.

     




    Registration opens December 1 for category judges

    November 30, 2017

    Register beginning December 1 to be a Category Judge at the Synopsys Championship Science and Engineering Fair, which will be held at the San Jose Convention Center on March 15, 2018. We need and welcome judges in all fields of study.

    Category Judges should have a Bachelor’s degree in a technical field or in education (with a concentration in a technical field). We are looking for biologists, behavioral scientists, chemists, engineers, environmental scientists, physicists and others who will enjoy talking to enthusiastic young people about scientific inquiry and engineering challenges. Information about being a judge is linked to the Category Judging page.




    Applications that need SRC pre-approval are due by Nov 30

    November 14, 2017

    The FINAL deadline for projects that need pre-approval is November 30th.

    Please submit applications that require pre-approval as soon as possible. These projects often require extra forms, especially projects involving humans. Submitting at the final deadline may not give us enough time to resolve issues before the last IRB review meeting on December 2.

    If you have submitted an application, especially if you need pre-approval, be sure to come back to the web site and Check Project Status before noon on December 1.  If you don’t find your project listed, contact the Fair Manager immediately using the form on the Contact page.




    Workshops and a clinic in November

    November 7, 2017

    There’s still time to attend an event that will help you prepare for a successful science fair project:
     
    TEACHER WORKSHOP
    Wednesday, November 8, 4:30 – 6:30 PM
    Santa Clara University, Room 306 in Kenna Hall
    SCU Parking information. Two-hour parking is free in the Main Garage with a permit from the university Main Gate. SCU map and directions
    Light refreshments are planned so please let us know if you will attend (by email to fairmanager@science-fair.org).
     
    STUDENT CLINIC
    Wednesday, November 8, at 7 PM
    Oakwood School, 105 John Wilson Way, Morgan Hill
    Students and parents from all schools are welcome.
     
    ENGINEERING WORKSHOP FOR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS
    Monday, November 27, at 7 PM
    Oakwood School, 105 John Wilson Way, Morgan Hill
    Students and parents from all schools are welcome.

     




    2017 Broadcom MASTERS winners are announced

    October 24, 2017

    Congratulations to the Synopsys Challenge middle school competitors who have won First Place awards at the Broadcom MASTERS competition in Washington, DC! 

    • Science Award – First place: Pujita Tangirala, Los Gatos, CA, A Green, Low-Cost Adsorbent for the Removal of Dye from Aqueous Solutions
    • Technology Award – First place: Herin Kang, Los Gatos, CA, Energy Efficient Oxygen Generator Using Micro Algae as an Alternative to Window Ventilation
    • Engineering Award – First place: Andrew Chiang, San Jose, CA, Manipulation of Ultrasonic Force Field

     

    In addition to showcasing their projects for the public, the 30 national finalists also completed a rigorous competition that tested their STEM knowledge as well as their critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration skills. First place winners were awarded $3,500 to support their choice of a STEM summer camp experience in the U.S. Each STEM Award winner also received an iPad. 

    See the press release for a complete list of winners. The Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering for Rising Stars), a program founded and produced by the Society for Science & the Public, encourages middle school students to participate in science fairs, continue their studies in high school and college and enter STEM careers.




    Next deadline for projects requiring PRE-APPROVAL is November 16

    The next deadline for projects requiring pre-approval is receipt by November 16 or with a postmark on or before November 10. The FINAL deadline for pre-approval has been moved up one day to receipt by November 30.

    Please submit applications that require pre-approval as soon as possible.

    • This allows time for an exchange of email about your application, if needed, to get it ready for review by the SRC committee.
    • Projects that require pre-approval often require extra forms, especially projects involving humans. Submitting at the final deadline at the end of November may not give us enough time to resolve issues with required forms before the final IRB review meeting on December 2.

     

    We can see a lot of applications in the pipeline and look forward to receiving them soon!




    2017 Broadcom Masters finalists announced

    September 20, 2017

    Congratulations to our Broadcom MASTERS finalists! The Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the Public announced 30 finalists in this competition for middle school students, where finalists are selected from the top 10% of projects in affiliated science fairs across the U.S.

    Four of the 30 finalists are from the Synopsys Championship and they will present their projects in the final competition October 21-25 in Washington, D.C.:

    Andrew Chiang, 8th grade BASIS Independent School Silicon Valley
     Herin Kang, 7th grade Stratford Middle School, San Jose
     Pujita Tangirala, 7th grade Challenger School – Strawberry Park
     Annika Viswesh, 7th grade Stratford Sunnyvale Raynor Middle School

     

     




    Regeneron Science Talent Search

    September 13, 2017

    The Regeneron Science Talent Search, which is open to high school seniors, will accept applications until November 15, 2017. Last year Regeneron became the new sponsor of this 77-year-old competition in science and math. STS culminates with more than $3 million awarded to the winners and their schools and a public exhibition of projects in March 2018 in Washington, DC. See the Regeneron STS web page for details.




    Teacher workshops in October

    September 2, 2017

    The first workshop for teachers will be on Thursday, October 5th, at Santa Clara University in the Rotunda Room of Guadalupe Hall. The time is 4-6 PM. Renee Fallon (Monta Vista HS and Teach Biotech) and Katy Korsmeyer (SCVSEFA, Teach Biotech and SCU) will focus on science fair project selection, management and quality.

    There will be another workshop on Saturday morning, Oct. 28th, with the location and specific time TBA.




    Championship Clinics in September and October

    August 28, 2017

    Learn about applying to and competing in the Synopsys Championship, the Santa Clara County science fair. Check the complete list of clinics and workshops in September and October.

    Join us on Wednesday, September 13, at 4:30 for a one-hour clinic in Room S-1 at Oak Grove High School.

    If you can, arrive at 3:15 to hear a talk by Carlos Stephens from the SJSU Entomology Museum.  Known as “The Bug Man,” Carlos will share rare insect specimens that range from the peculiar to the beautiful. His talk is the first in a guest speaker series at Oak Grove called “Science in our Society.”

    On Monday, September 18, Valley Christian High School will host a clinic at 6:30 p.m. Room details TBD.