Science Fair projects encompass far more than building volcanoes or solar system models...
The students are involved in sophisticated research projects that focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) topics in 13 different categories, Team Projects, and (for 6th – 8th grades) Consumer Science
Each year, 900 to 1,000 students in grades 6th through 12th from Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Delaware, make new discoveries that could change their lives forever as they participate in the Delaware Valley Science Fairs (DVSF). Nearly $6 million in scholarship and prize money is awarded to students winners. DVSF takes top high-school winners to the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) competition in May to compete for more than $4 million in scholarships and awards. Top middle-school winners go on to the Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering for Rising Stars) national competition.
Founded in 1949, The Delaware Valley Science Fairs, Inc., is a non-profit organization sponsored by area companies, foundations, universities and individual donors. One of the oldest and largest Fairs in the country, DVSF embraces a philosophy is that students learn science by doing science. In the process, students learn how to think and develop critical problem solving skills that they will need for careers, college and citizenship. Our mission is to bring parents, teachers and industry together to stimulate and nurture young people so that they can grow and develop into contributing members of the community by providing the scientific work force needed for the future. We provide mentoring and teacher training to facilitate participation in this activity. DVSF is an Affiliated Fair for the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).
DVSF and COVID-19
As I’m sure you are aware COVID – 19 has forced many events and companies to take unprecedented action to try and “flatten the curve”. Unfortunately, DVSF is the kind of event that poses some of the greatest risk to the population. Our participants come from all over the Delaware Valley as do many of our judges. By bringing together populations from so far afield we would hasten the spread of the virus and put more of the general population at greater risk. Adding to this is the fact that the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center is being forced to close for 2 weeks and potentially longer. Also, the CDC is recommending that events with over 50 or more people should be canceled for the next 8 weeks. So, it is with a heavy heart that I must deliver the news that we cannot hold the Event as we have in the past.
Our students have worked hard on their research projects and it is a sad turn of events that they will no longer be able to get face to face feedback from working scientists, healthcare professionals, and engineering judges. We feel strongly about still providing the opportunity for the students to win scholarships and awards that are available. As of now, DVSF is NOT cancelled. We are currently preparing for a "Virtual Fair". This solution, while not ideal, will still allow for students to have their research critiqued and for prizes to be awarded. Data from our Regional Fairs is still coming in. Once we receive their winners, we can proceed with the next step. All those students who were chosen to proceed to DVSF by their regional fairs will be contacted individually by email. The email will contain instructions and web links to allow for students to upload their documents for the judges to review. Unfortunately, we are cancelling Special Awards for 2020. We currently do not have the technology, personnel, and time to also try to do something virtually with our 68 Special Awards Organizations.
We thank you for your continued support and understanding during this time.
Volunteers will not be needed this year. We thank all those who signed up! Hope to see you next year.
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Some reasons why research projects are important
Congratulations to The Regeneron Science Talent Search (STS) Semi-Finalists From DVSF
Neil Deshmukh, Moravian Academy, Bethlehem, PA
Sofiya Lysenko, Abington High School, Abington, PA
Rhea Malhotra, Moravian Academy, Bethlehem, PA
Kelly Qiang, High Technology High School, Lincroft, NJ
Albert Xing, Charter School of Wilmington, Wilmington, DE
Jessica Wang, Council Rock High School, South Holland, PA
Sophie Zhang, High Technology High School, Lincroft, NJ