The region’s top student-scientists will be competing for major scholarship money at the Delaware Valley Science Fairs, the “Olympics of Science Fairs,” which will be held Wednesday, April 6 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks, 100 Station Ave., Oaks, Pa. USciences is once again a proud sponsor of the Delaware Valley Science Fairs through scholarships and in-kind donations.
The event features students in grades 6-12 who have completed science or engineering research projects and have advanced after competing in their local fairs. These bright students are competing at the regional level with the hopes of making it to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 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 (www.dvsf.org). 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.
In accordance with President Obama’s call for winning the race to educate America’s students, the Delaware Valley Science Fairs is promoting STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math).
“Maintaining our leadership in research and technology is crucial to America’s success,” Obama said during a recent State of the Union Address. “But if we want to win the future — if we want innovation to produce jobs in America and not overseas — then we also have to win the race to educate our kids.
“We need to teach our kids that it’s not just the winner of the Super Bowl who deserves to be celebrated, but the winner of the science fair,” Obama added. “That success is not a function of fame or (public relations), but of hard work and discipline.”
Fifteen winners from Delaware Valley Science Fairs will win an all-expense paid trip to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, Calif., from May 8-13. High school freshmen through seniors from 65 foreign countries and 48 states will compete for scholarships and prizes valued in the millions.
“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.”
University of the Sciences will host its Annual Winners Recognition event on its campus where on Friday, April 22, 2011.
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 and future innovations.