Student Information





Wednesday March 14 Fair Student Registration Noon – 6 PM
Thursday March 15 Students at their Display Boards 1:30 – 6 PM high school

2  – 6 PM middle school

 Thursday March 15 Public Viewing 5 PM – 6 PM

Students are expected to stay until 6PM when judging is over and fair ends. If they must leave before 6, students have to be signed out by their parent or legal guardian. Boards removed before 6 are disqualified. 

Preparing for Wednesday (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 Wednesday, March 22nd, if each project has the following completed Forms:

  1. This 2017-Compliance-Checklist and
  2. Fifteen copies of this 2017-Abstract ready when the projects enter South Hall at SJCC. (Middle School projects need 10+ copies; High School students need 15+ copies.)
  3. 2 copies of Form 1C required for all RRI projects (grade 9 to 12 projects mentored by a professional research scientist/engineer or mentor). One copy gets taped to the desk in front of the display board.  One copy stays with the application.
  4. A signed  Informed Consent Form for each subject (if human subjects were used in your study).

All forms are available on this website (go to Rules and Registration/Application Instructions/Additional Forms).

The 2-page compliance checklist can be printed and copies distributed to students (complete by hand, if desired). The Abstract can be completed in the PDF form, saved and printed. Also the Abstract blank form can be printed and the students complete at their own printer (set their printer margins to print on the Abstract blank form dimensions).

A ‘Master Abstract’ will be collected during registration March 22nd and placed in the student’s Application. Therefore, students must  bring  duplicate Abstract copies for presentation at their display board.

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.

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. Parents can make arrangements to contact the students (by cell phone) if they want  to pick the student up at the same sidewalk location. 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.

Championship Judging Day, Thursday March 15th

What to Expect At the Fair


  • Wear your name tag (received at Registration March 14th).
  • You are expected to be at your project display between 1:30 – 5PM for high school students and 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM for middle school students. Bewtween 5 and 6 PM is your chance to view other projects at the fair.  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 also may be asked to stay by your project from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM so that we can complete judging. If not, you’ll be able to spend this hour looking at other students’ projects. 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 PM to 6:30 PM only. Early removal may result in disqualification.

SYNOPSYS CHAMPIONSHIP public viewing  5–6PM March 15th only

Notice Regarding Fair Attendance:

(1). 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 50% of a team must be present to be judged.

(2). Students represent their school to the public during viewing time 5-6PM.  Students are expected to stay until 6PM when judging is over and fair ends. If they must leave before 6, students have to be signed out by their parent or legal guardian. Boards removed before 6 are disqualified

Parking Map at the Fair



Winners List will be posted here 3/XX/2018.
Why aren’t the results posted immediately?
2017 Awards Ceremony info.

Judging FAQ for Students



Fall 2017 STUDENT INFO to prepare for

Handbook  for Teachers and Students in PDF file format.  2017-handbook

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

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



Student Clinic Slide Presentation Link to be added.

Engineering Project Workshop_2016 presentation.

1. The Synopsys Championship will be held March 14-15, 2018.  This is 1 week later in the school year than previously held.

2. Earlier SRC postmark deadline dates.  Applications to the Synopsys Championship which require SRC pre-approval must be submitted with a postmark deadline of  Nov XX, or the Nov XX hand delivery deadline of 6pm.

3. No human studies (involving survey or direct human participation) will be accepted after the Nov XX postmark deadline or Nov XX hand delivery deadline.

4.  Expanded definition of RRI (see website).

5. New Middle school Application limits  (30 projects/school).

6.  New SSP forms (Intel ISEF Forms) for some projects.


Rules of note:

  • 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. A science project involves a study, hypothesis and experiment.  An engineering project involves an application, design or device and an engineering goal.

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

  •  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. 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.

BioInformatics projects will be classified as belonging in the Biological Sciences category, and will only be accepted from high school students.

We will not be allowing any parent sponsored projects (PSP) at high schools with a participating teacher this year.

See the last page of the 2018 Handbook for additional changes.