Delaware Valley Science Fairs (DVSF) was founded in 1949 and
incorporated as a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization in 1993, making it one of the oldest fairs in the country. It is now also one of the largest. The fair was designed as a vehicle for stimulating interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) among students in middle and high schools in the tri-state area. The philosophy behind the fair is that students learn science by doing science. DVSF provides an opportunity for students to excel and reach their full potential fostering intellectual curiosity and creative problem solving – essential skills for future innovation. The fair is very similar to ISEF Regionals (MCSRC), but on a much larger scale.
To compete in this fair, you must have qualified when competing at the regional competition, MCSRC (The first, second, and third place winners from each category’s grade). The rules and guidelines for DVSF are the same as those for other ISEF fairs.
The competition requires a tri-fold display board, log book and research report. Students compete against other students in their category. On the actual competition day, the category judges usually come by the projects and interview students. The first, second, and third place winners of the 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade fairs qualify to compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (International). These winners are selected from the 13 first place category winners from each grade (9-12).
The tri-fold follows standard ISEF rules. Additionally, please follow the Check-in Procedures Sheet for detailed project display information. Electrical hook-up is not available.
When you arrive, you must pick up your badge, project number, and forms at the registration table. Your badge must be worn at all times. Please follow the check-in procedures, and be sure to get your project checked by the DVSF Display and Safety Committee (blue jackets) before you leave.
An awards ceremony will take place a few days after the competition. There will the prizes and places be announced and handed out. Additionally, there are category awards, wining cash prizes, special awards, the potential for scholarships.
*See the general ISEF Fairs page for more “general” information regarding the fair.