S^4 Super Summer Science Search™

For all questions, please ask on Google Classroom or email s4@cupertinolibraryfoundation.org

8/5/19 Top 10 notified via email

We have notified everyone via email whether they have made top 10 or not. If you did not receive any notifications and are wondering where you stand, email s4@cupertinolibraryfoundation.org.

Please join us at the Award Ceremony on 8/18/19 (Sun) from 3:00-5:00 in Cupertino Community Hall for a science fair style presentation from top 10 and presentation from top 3!

8/1/19 Review in progress

Thank you all for your hard work and submission for this summer! Your amazing work is being reviewed from Teen Advisory Council and we will announce soon.

Please join us at the Award Ceremony on 8/18/19 (Sun) from 3:00-5:00 in Cupertino Community Hall to see presentations from this year’s winners!


7/14/19 Study Session #3 Update

Presentation Slides:

  1. Youtube Video instruction Study Session 3
  2. Reminder: need to fill out the form for Interviews & Program Room visits!

6/29/19 Study Session #2 Update

Presentation slides:

  1. How to write the paper + MLA format  Study Session 2
  2. How to do database research SCCLD_Research_CLFS4_2019
  3. Handout SCCLD Community Room Policy & SCCLD_Research_CLFS4_2019_Handout

6/15/19 Study Session #1

Presentation slides:

  1. Program Room Requirement:
    S^4 19- Program Room – Carrie
    Study Session 1
  2. Program Room Visit Handout: 2019- 06- 11 Program Room Visit Handout
  3. Interview Handout:2019- 06- 11 Interview Handout

6/1/19 Kick off Session Update

Register for the S4: 2019 Registration Form

Presentation from Kick off Session: Click Here

Google Classroom code: m4sofo7


Enter the 2019 S^4 Super Summer Science Search Contest!


Our mission is to provide middle school students (grade 6-8) a self-guided program to reconnect and re-inspire interest in the STEAM areas in the summer between school sessions. The program empowers participants to identify a problem around them, research library databases to create a solution, conduct both quantitative & qualitative data gathering and analysis, write a research science paper and create a YouTube video for presentation. Teams are encouraged to have maximum 3 people in each group, and this will also encourage additional collaboration between peers. Through the S4 program, students will practice the following skillsets:

  • Identifying problems
  • Data Gathering
  • Data Analysis (Quantitative)
  • Interview (Qualitative)
  • Research paper writing
  • Presentation (YouTube video)

S4 program Is a self guided program but provide additional resources and support for the participants throughout summer:

  • Study Session – Teen Advisory Council (“TAC”) run, in-person meeting that explore variety of topics, including: topic selection, library database search, MLA format, how to write a science paper, and how to put together a YouTube presentation. There will be 3 study session between June and July. We will be recording the study session this year and make it available online for all.
  • Virtual Office Hour – Between S4 info session and submission deadline, we will be holding virtual office hour for participants to ask general or questions specific to their project. This is an enhancement to students who cannot attend study session in person due to schedule conflicts.
  • Teen Library Desk- We have coordinated with librarians to anticipate frequently asked questions from S4 participants and created specific pathfinders in the library resources to jump start students’ topic research

Study Schedule

Date & Time Location
Kick off Info Session  Saturday June 1st, 2019 3:00-5:00pm Cupertino Library Courtyard
Study Session #1 Saturday June 15th, 2019 3:00-5:00pm Cupertino Library Story Room
Study Session #2 Saturday June 29th, 2019 3:00-5:00 Cupertino Library Story Room
Study Session #3 Sunday July 14th, 2019 3:00-5:00pm Cupertino Library Story Room
Study Session #4 Sunday July 21st, 2019 3:00-5:00pm Cupertino Library Story Room
Paper deadline Wednesday July 31st, 2018 11:59pm
Judging period August 1st – August 11th, 2019
Award Ceremony Sunday August 18th, 2019 3:00-5:00pm Community Hall


  • $300 for 1st Place
  • $200 for 2nd Place
  • $100 for 3rd Place


Registration Information


S^4 Super Summer Science Search was introduced as a pilot project to a limited number of 6th, 7th and 8th classes at Cupertino, Kennedy and Lawson middle schools in 2012.

Teachers have included the S^4 Super Summer Science Search project as part of their curriculum to satisfy a number of the Science Content Standards for California Public Schools.

Databases available for S^4 Super Summer Science Search include science and technology resources made available through the Santa Clara County Library.

In 2013, over 200 students registered for the contest, then called S3. The contest name was updated to S^4-Super Summer Science Search™ in 2014, and was just as popular as the year before. The goal for 2015 is to increase registration by 20 percent.


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