But not even the most optimistic of them anticipated the huge crowd the event attracted to Dollarhide Community Center yesterday afternoon.
The Center's large auditorium was filled with dozens of science fair exhibits - projects created by students from every CUSD school as part of the annual competition.
Mayo Elementary featured their Teknolokids - their very own all-girl "Geek Squad" - students that help classrooms with IT and other tech support.
Compton HS showed off all their Robotics competition trophies. In fact, there were several CUSD schools showing off their Robotics clubs and programs. Robotics has taken CUSD by storm becoming one of the most popular STEAM classes and activities.
One of Dominguez HS Robotics Teams poses in front of their robot and their trophies. The team includes: Renato Mendoza, Daniel Torres, Ricardo Onesta, Kevin Arrietta and Christian Lopez.
Below right, Christian shows an excited (and future robotics student) Emily Romero and her family how their robot works.
"This is an excellent event and I think we should do these kinds of events more often," said parent Rosie Aguilera. "The students of this district are not exposed often enough to technology on this kind of scale because of a lack of resources and programs. I’d like to see this happen at every school."
"I think it's amazing," said Taneka Sheppherd, who has 4 of her kids in the district. "It's a big change from what I remember." Taneka grew up in Compton and attended CUSD schools. "My kinds are happy, they’re interacting with lots of kids from other schools. My daughter loves science so I like the science fair."
"Phenomenal, awesome event," said CUSD Board Member Margie Garrett. "Parents are engaged, students are engaged, teachers, staff – the whole community is engaged now!"
Brittney Wyatt, a member Compton Early College HS' inaugural class said she and classmate Keishon White were enjoying themselves. "This is lots of fun and we're learning a lot."
Like the event organizers, Superintendent Brawley was also caught off guard by the community's incredible response to the event.
"Great turnout! It exceeded our wildest expectations and we’re looking forward to doing it again next year and what that will bring."