Research Crash Course

Our free, online Research Crash Course consists of 7 classes from January through March with check-ins throughout for our volunteers to provide personalized feedback to students. Santa Clara County, CA: Fridays 4:00-5:00pm


The RC2 Classes will guide middle school students (6th–8th graders) through the process of conducting a research or engineering project for the Synopsys Championship, the regional fair for students in Santa Clara County. There are no prerequisites for enrolling, other than curiosity and a willingness to challenge themselves. Students will learn the necessary skills (including proposal writing, experimentation design, data collection & analysis, basic statistics, abstract writing, and presentation preparation) and gain feedback from mentors throughout this course. The tentative class time is Fridays 4:00-5:00pm, starting January 8th.

Why Research?
  1. Top Reason: It’s Fun!
  2. Many opportunities (e.g. state fair, Broadcom MASTERS)
  3. Gain experience (research + professional skills)
  4. Network w/ peers & mentors
  5. Awards/Prizes
Course Structure
  • 7 online lessons (January – March)
  • 4 student check-ins for personalized feedback
  • Students choose a project they are passionate about
  • Course prepares for presenting at the Synopsys Championship
  • Students should work on their project outside of class time
Course Content (Tentative)
1Intro to Research & Science Fairs
2The Proposal
3Data Collection & Statistics
4Data Analysis
5The Tri-Fold Board
6The Abstract
7Judging Overview
8Celebration & Conclusion (Optional)

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact us at!

What is Project ROPEs?

Project ROPEs is a student-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to introducing students to the opportunities in research and guiding them on their research journeys through our various course offerings.

Do I need prior experience?

The Research Crash Course is an introductory course to guide students through the science fair process, so there is absolutely no prior experience needed. Students should come with a few project topics/ideas that they are passionate and are willing to learn more about.

What is the time commitment for RC2?

The only “required” time commitment are the 7 classes; however, you are expected to spend as much time outside of class as you need on your project, which should be on a topic which you are passionate about.

Is there a fee for the classes?

All of our classes are completely free for students and are done virtually; the only requirements are a device and internet connection. We believe that everyone should have equal access to these opportunities.

Are there costs for doing a project?

Depending on what you are interested in, there may be slight costs associated with getting supplies or basic equipment (as well as a tri-fold board if fairs require them). If you need financial support while taking our classes, please contact us and we can work out a solution.

Who are the course instructors?

Our awesome team of volunteers that teach the classes are all experienced high school science fair alum, having gone through the same process themselves and completed many projects, with various achievements.

Student Testimonials

Here’s what students that attended our 2020 summer Basic Python Workshops said:

“Pretty fun class where you get to learn lots of Python! This class has definitely kept me interesting in computer programming and wanting to learn more!”

“This class is really great since they offer great information and give the best to the class! I think this would be great for anyone that is interested in coding.”

“I learned a lot from this class. I was able to grasp concepts I previously struggled with through the examples and projects in this class.”

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