Welcome to the East Side Union High School District Science Fair

Important Dates & Times

Welcome to the 22nd annual sciencepalooza!

February 6, 2021 



Our Mission

Sciencepalooza! celebrates diverse and high-quality scientific research and projects conducted by students of East Side Union High School District in San Jose, California.

Our Goals

Sciencepalooza provides equitable access to all students in East Side Union High School District to present their STEM projects in non-judged showcase categories as well as in ISEF-aligned judged categories enabling ambitious students to continue their projects for the Synopsys Championship, California State Science & Engineering Fair, and Regeneron ISEF competitions.

Our Sponsor


Sciencepalooza! is sponsored exclusively by The Synopsys Silicon Valley Science & Technology Outreach Foundation, a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit organization.  

Sciencepalooza FAQs

  • Why is sciencepalooza! virtual (online) for 2021?  With the many challenges our school district, faculty, staff, and students are experiencing during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Synopsys Outreach Foundation continues enabling and celebrating project-based STEM In East Side Union High School District in ways that are safe for all. 
  • What is sciencepalooza!? sciencepalooza! is the annual science fair of the East Side Union High School District of San Jose, California.
  • Who participates? Any student in Grades 9, 10, 11, or 12 who attends an East Side Union high school may participate.
  • What are the categories? Experiment-based project categories include physical sciences, life sciences, and earth/space sciences. Projects are evaluated by judges using an experiment project rubric. Engineering is a separate category with a different judging rubric.
  • Who judges? Judges come from the community—teachers, university researchers and faculty, and industry scientists.
  • Are there prizes? There are prizes in every category, certificates of recognition from community partners, and a raffle.
  • Why should I participate in sciencepalooza!?
    • Personal Passion Project: Doing a science project empowers you to engage in the real work of conducting scientific research that interests you.
    • Preparation for University or Career: Conducting your own scientific research prepares you for laboratory work at a university or a career in a STEM field.
    • Preparation for Life: Working collaboratively with peers, you will gain experience in cooperating on projects, designing plans, solving problems, running tests, meeting deadlines, communicating your findings, and other important life skills.
    • Will I get to see other students’ projects? There will be time for you to visit projects from your friends and students from other East Side schools.
  • Will it help me get to college? Only 2% of high school students compete in a science fair. Writing about your discoveries and challenges in conducting your science fair project enhances a college application.

Thank you to our Special Award Sponsors!

Emma Prusch Farm Park
Best Agriculture Project Award


Evergreen Valley College
Best Citizen Science Astronomy Project
Mineta Transpoartion Institute
Best Innovative Transportation Project Award


Our City Forest
Best Forestry Project Award


Project Ember
Best Collaborative Minecraft Design Award



Resource Area for Teaching
Best Reused Material Design Award


Silicon Valley Education Foundation
Best Data Science Project Award


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Santa Clara Valley Water District
Best Water Issues Project Award


Wildlife Education & Rehabilitation Center
Best Animal Science Project Award
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