Since the mid1970s, University of the Sciences has played a vital role in the Delaware Valley Science Fairs. This year, an estimated 1,000 local student scientists who have excelled at 13 regional science fairs representing more than 250 schools in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and the state of Delaware will participate in the 65th annual Delaware Valley Science Fairs (DVSF) Wednesday, April 3 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA.
DVSF features independent research in 15 scientific categories by students in grades 6-12 who have completed Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) research projects. “The stakes are high for students and the competition is tough,” explains DVSF Executive Director Henry Disston. “The caliber of presentations that we see at this level is unprecedented. This not your average science fair. 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 and future innovations. These students hold the key to tomorrow’s innovations.” Past winning research projects include cancer research, rocket engineering, green buildings, breast cancer research and seismic faults, to name a few.
Making the competition more demanding, the students are competing for scholarships and prizes totaling more than $3 million. Drexel University, University of the Sciences, Harrisburg University, and NJ Center for Science, Technology, and Mathematics at Kean University are among the prestigious area colleges and universities offering full and partial scholarships; and cash prizes, awards and trips are being given by 64 professional societies and organizations. In addition, a total of 15 winners from DVSF will earn an all expense paid trip to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, AZ, from May 12 to 17, where 1,500 high school students from 70 countries, regions, and territories will showcase their research as they compete for more than $4 million in scholarships and awards.
University of the Sciences will host the Annual Winners Recognition luncheon on Saturday, April 27. This is the only time the DVSF winners will be together to present their projects before leaving for the international competition.
For 65 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 or call Henry Disston, Executive Director-DVSF, at (215) 895-5840.