Congrats to Claire and Karthik for competing at ISEF!

11th grade student Karthik Yegnesh has the #1 ranked Mathematics research project IN THE WORLD!

Karthik’s awards include:

  1. $5,000 for Intel ISEF Best of Category Award (in Mathematics)
  2. $3,000 for 1st place Intel ISEF Grand Award in his category
  3. Trip to China (“Intel Foundation Cultural & Scientific Visit to China Award” partnering with China Adolescents for Science & Technology, CAST)
  4. Asteroid naming (MIT, Lincoln Laboratory, Ceres Connection) submitted to IAU (International Astronomical Union; minor planets have been discovered by LINEAR, Lincoln Near Earth Asteroid Research program, operated by MIT)

ISEF will also award his participating school (MHS) $1000 and his feeder fair (DVSF) $1000


A minor planet will also be named in recognition of his sponsor/teacher (yours truly, Mr. Robert Helm)

Grand Awards are listed here



The Captain Planet Foundation will fund as many projects as its annual resources allow.

All applicant organizations or sponsoring agencies must be exempt from federal taxation under the Internal Revenue Code Section 501, in order to be eligible for funding (this includes most schools and non-profit organizations).

September 30th- typically for spring and summer projects
January 31st- typically for fall and winter projects

The Captain Planet Foundation primarily makes grants to U.S.-based schools and organizations with an annual operating budget of less than $3 million.  International requests NOT being considered at this time.

Grants are made for activities that conform to the mission of the Captain Planet Foundation and MUST have all four of the following to be considered for funding:

  • Be project-based;
  • Projects must be performed by youth;
  • Projects must have real environmental outcomes;
  • Be based in the United States.

Grants from the Captain Planet Foundation are intended to:

  • Provide hands-on environmental stewardship opportunities for youth;
  • Serve as a catalyst to getting environment-based education in schools;
  • Inspire youth and communities to participate in community service through environmental stewardship activities.

Captain Planet Foundation will accept small grant requests for amounts between $500 – $2,500. Preferential consideration is given to requests who have secured at least 50% matching or in-kind funding for their projects. (Projects with matching funds or in-kind support are given priority because external funding is a good indicator of the potential for long-term sustainability of the activities). Captain Planet Foundation may choose to fund a portion of the project budget that best fits within the foundation guidelines or contact an applicant for further discussion.

(Note: Please do not contact the office for information about the status of your application.)

Restrictions on Use of Funds

Captain Planet Foundation funds MAY NOT be used for:

  • Capital or building campaigns, purchase of real estate, or endowments
  • General operating expenses or staffing salaries
  • Beautification or landscaping projects
  • Travel costs or Field trips that are not an essential part of the proposed project (if included, identify the purpose of the field trip above, under “project activities.”)
  • Scholarships
  • Expensive equipment that can only be used once, used only by a small number of children, or is principally being purchased for the general use of the school or organization beyond the stated needs of project.
  • Promotional items such as t-shirts, flyers, postcards, or signage


Apply for a Grant



Q. How can I submit my application?

A. The Captain Planet Foundation only accepts grant proposals through our web portal. Click Here to register your organization. If you cannot submit your grant proposal via our web portal please contact grants@captainplanetfdn.orgPlease Note: Grant proposals will not be accepted in the mail without prior permission.

Q. How will I know if my grant has been awarded?

A. Captain Planet Foundation will notify your organization via email with a decision (either way) in Mid-May for the grant round ending January 31st and Late-December for the grant round ending September 30th  Your organization can also follow the progress of your grant proposal through the CPF web portal.

Q. If my organization’s grant proposal was not selected for funding, how long do I need to wait before resubmitting the application?

A. If your organization’s grant proposal was not selected for funding your organization must wait one grant round before resubmitting the grant proposal. For example, if your organization applied for a grant in grant round ending January 31st, 2012, you must wait until the grant round ending January 31st, 2013 to resubmit.

Q. If my organization’s grant proposal was selected for funding, how long do I need to wait to submit another grant proposal?

A. If your organization’s grant proposal was selected for funding your organization must wait two grant rounds before submitting another grant proposal. For example, if you applied for a grant in the grant round ending January 31st, 2012, you must wait until the grant round ending September 30th, 2013 to submit another proposal.

2017 PJAS States Competition Information

2017 PJAS State competition:  Congratulations to all the first place winners at PJAS Regional 1B. You are invited to make the trip up to PSU from Sunday May 14th to Tuesday May 16th.  Here you can share your research with the rest of the state.

PJAS States Roster

Sponsors will be sent out data fields to fill out, right now all they have are general packages and costs.  Each student must have three copies (3) of each listed below

(9 pieces of paper total)

  • PJAS State medical form
  • behavioral (conduct) code
  • and registration form – the medical forms and code of conduct can be found here.  PJAS States Registration form is here.

Cost for the trip…

  • $15 Registration fee (housing/meals/participation)
  • $70 Transportation fee.

Make one check out to Methacton School district for $85.  Bring the check and the 9 forms to Mr. Helm’s room A213 by Wed March 22.


2017 MCSRC Results

This year’s MCSRC was held at the Floy Lewis Field House of Ursinus College. The first, second, and third place winners from each category in Divisions A-D and the first and second place winners in each category in Division E are being sent on to the Delaware Valley Science Fairs April 4th-6th. In addition to category competition, the DVSF Fair offers lots of opportunities for receiving special awards from a variety of different organizations and companies.

The Awards Assembly will take place on Friday March 10th.

MCSRC results (winners listed by project number)

2016 ISEF States (DVSF) Winners

Congratulations to all those who won prizes and awards at DVSF at the Convention Center here in Oaks!


Special shout-out to Junior Shayan Farmand and Sophomore Karthik Yegnesh for qualifying for the International ISEF in Phoenix, Arizona in May!

Here is a full list of all the awards given out.

Google Science Fair 2016, Now Accepting Submissions

*Copied from Arusha Asif article of  Tech News Today*

Submit your Scientific idea and try your luck for $50,000 educational scholarship

The 2016 Google Science Fair has begun to accept submissions from February 23. Along with Virgin Galactic, Scientific American, LEGO Education, and National Geographic, Google invited innovators and explorers to make the best use of the platform through their engineering and science intellects.

There are seven different prize categories apart from the Grand Prize for the winner. The winner will receive a $50,000 Google scholarship. If a group wins, the value will be equally divided amongst members. The Scientific American Award receiver will receive $15,000 educational scholarship and a year-long mentorship program, along with a Scientific American Cruise.

The National Geographic Award winner will receive $15,000 educational scholarship, year-long mentorship, a 10-day expedition to Galápagos Archipelago. The LEGO Award winner will receive mentorship for a year, a $15,000 scholarship, a trip to LEGO Headquarters, custom LEGO brick build, and a chance to visit LEGO Denmark.

The winner of Virgin Galactic Award will also receive mentorship, educational scholarship, and the opportunity to go on a tour for Virgin Galactic, Mojave Air, and Space Port. The recipients of the Community Impact Reward will receive $1,000 educational scholarship along with mentorship from Google Science Fair partners, and will visit Global Finalist Event in Mountain View. Winners will be selected from the following regions;

  • The Middle East and Africa
  • Asia Pacific
  • Europe
  • Latin and North America

The Inspiring Educator Award winner will receive $5,000 gift card from LEGO and $5,000 classroom grant. All 16 finalists will receive LEGO educational backpack with an additional LEGO MINDSTORM Education EV3 core set plus charger, a 12-month subscription to Scientific American (digital and print). They will also receive a National Geographic 12-month subscription, giveaways from Google, and fun swag by Virgin Galactic.

Panel of Judges

The judges for the Science Fair will be:

  • Dr. Adam Rutherford
  • Pelle Petersen
  • Mariette DiChristina
  • Beth Moses
  • Steve C. Cowley
  • Stephan Turnipseed
  • Dr. Tom Insel
  • TH Culhane
  • Dr. Frances Colon
  • Lillan Lykke Spiertz
  • Olivia Hallisey
  • Enrico Palermo
  • Pavni Diwanji
  • Shah Selbe

Click here to register, submissions close on May 18.




Asif, Anusha. “Google Science Fair 2016, Now Accepting Submissions.” Tech News Tech News Today, 23 Feb. 2016. Web. 23 Feb. 2016. <>.

PJAS Regionals Results

New-Hi-Res-PJAS-LogoCongratulations to everybody yesterday for competing in the PJAS Regions fair at Souderton Area High School.  Out of the 40 who participated, 31 attained a 1st award and the average score was 4.2. Those who received a 1st award are moving on to the PJAS State Competition at Penn State University in May (learn more here).

Thank you all for your help yesterday.  Your service and leadership was on display for the entire fair to see. Stop in A213 this week if you want to discuss.

Here are the results: 2016 MHS PJAS Regionals Results




Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Sciences Summer Program

Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is pleased to announce that the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Sciences (PGSS) at Carnegie Mellon University is now accepting applications from talented high school juniors for the summer 2016 program. PGSS is an intensive, five week summer residential program which emphasizes cooperative learning and hands-on laboratory research, for talented high school students. The goal of the program is to encourage Pennsylvania’s youth to pursue careers in STEM related fields.

Accepted applicants will receive a full scholarship to the program.

  • Dates: June 26, 2016 to July 30, 2016
  • Location: Carnegie Mellon University
  • Application Deadline: January 31, 2016

Eligibility and application is located at:

PBS Emperor Science Award

Love Science?

Enter the Emperor Science Award program for a chance to work alongside a mentoring scientist!

Winning students will be paired with university-level research scientists for the opportunity to explore the world of science and become part of the next generation of cancer researchers!

Who should enter?

Students in grades 10-11 who are curious about exploring careers in science and cancer research and care.

Why enter?

Unique opportunity to build a mentor relationship, work one-on-one on an important cancer research project, and create valuable experiences for your educational resume!

What will you win?

100 students will be paired with a mentoring scientist to collaborate on a multi-week* cancer research project, plus receive a  free Google Chromebook and $1,500 for project expenses.

How Do I Enter?

   Talk to your teacher and check out the Official Website.
   Write your 750-Word Essay.
   Submit your Entry.


“Cancer has been referred to as the emperor of all maladies and millions of people around the world are looking for a cure. In America, over 1600 people die each day. Tell us why scientific research is so important in helping to find a cure for cancer. And if you could be a scientific researcher, what would you study and why?”


More Information:



*Research projects are 8-12 weeks and will be completed during 2016 timeframes: Jan-March, April-June, July-September.