Comparing science fairs to the Olympics, the Delaware Valley Science Fairs are the qualifying trials.
For months, students in grades 6-12 researched inquiry-based projects and perfected their presentations to compete on a local level. Now, these bright students will be competing on the regional level on Wednesday, April 1, with the hopes of making it to the international level in May.
Like the Olympics, the stakes are high for students – nearly $1 million in scholarship and prize money will be awarded at the Delaware Valley Science Fairs. Past winning research projects include rocket engineering, green buildings, breast cancer research and seismic faults. There are no volcano models or solar system models among these entries from Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and the state of Delaware
Sixteen winners from Delaware Valley Science Fairs will win an all-expense paid trip to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fairs in Reno, Nevada
. High school freshmen through seniors from 65 foreign countries and 48 states will compete for scholarships and prizes valued at more than $2 million.
“We are very excited about the caliber of students and their projects competing at this year’s Delaware Valley Science Fairs,” said DVSF Executive Director Henry Disston. “The students have dedicated many hours to hands-on research and preparing for this event. The projects’ depth and scope are eye-opening.”
Across the board these entries are groundbreaking and as elaborate as any college or professional scientific research, feeding a student’s natural curiosity and paving the way for great scientific careers.
For 61 years, the Delaware Valley Science Fairs have stimulated interest in science, engineering and technology among middle and high school students in the tri-state region. DVSF’s philosophy is that students learn science by doing science. Its mission is to bring together parents, teachers and industry leaders to motivate and nurture young people’s curiosity in science and problem solving as we build lifelong learners. For more information, visit www.DVSF.org
University of the Sciences is once again proud to be a major sponsor of the Delaware Valley Science Fairs by offering scholarships to the winners in the 11th grade Marie Curie Science Fair division. In addition, the University supports the DVSF with an in-kind donation of public relations assistance, as well as offering workshops for parents and teachers.