Welcome to the Sussex County Science Fair (SCSF) website. The website is designed to assist students, teachers, mentors and parents in the development of a student's research project in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The website is also a resource for current and prospective science fair judges and those individuals who might be considering volunteering their time, effort and talents to ensure the continued success of the Sussex County Science Fair.

Judges for the SCSF are made up of active and retired members of the community who are science and/or technology based professionals and educators who truly enjoy interacting with the students. All decisions made by the judges each year are final and are not subject to appeal.

All students from grades 6th through 12th throughout Sussex County, Delaware are eligible to participate. Participants at the SCSF are judged for grade level awards as well as Special Awards. Only grade level awardees are eligible to participate at the next level of competition, the Delaware Valley Science Fair held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa. Students who participate and win in specific categories at the DVSF may be eligible to compete at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) that is held each year in a different city throughout the United States.

Because of the closing of the Biden Center to the public in January of 2014, the organizers of the SCSF had to find a new home for the 2014 SCSF. A special thanks to Dr. Patricia Oliphant of Sussex Academy for graciously hosting the 2014 SCSF at their “state of the art” educational facility. The SCSF organizing committee would like to also recognize Dr. R. Bruce Frye for being the key person for facilitating the move to Sussex Academy.

Unfortunately Mother Nature wasn’t quite done with winter since the National Weather Service predicted a significant winter weather event that resulted in all of the schools in Sussex County closing on the day of the Science Fair. This was only the second time in the 22-year history of the SCSF that the science fair had to be cancelled. The staff of the SCSF immediately implemented “Plan B” which was to have each of the science fair projects reviewed by the SCSF staff and judges that were present during the time the students were to register and setup their science fair posters. The SCSF staff members along with SCSF judges Mr. Hugh Ickrath, Mr. Fulton Loppatto, Mr. Frank Gieske and Ms. Sharon Densler were assigned to various projects to review and to individually interview each student. When all of the student interviews were completed the judges got together to review each project and determine the winners as well as possible honorable mentions.

Those science projects that were brought in by a teacher or parent and therefore were not available for student interviews were also reviewed and those students were not penalized for not being present.

At the 2014 SCSF there were 65 science fair projects entries with a total of 24 winners with 19 of the student winners intending to compete at the Delaware Valley Science Fair (DVSF).

You can support the SCSF by:

  • Becoming a member of the SCSF organizing committee
  • Becoming a judge
  • Offering a Special Award
  • Underwriting the cost of purchasing awards, program printing, student lunches or other fair related expenses.
  • Making a monetary donation to the Sussex County Science Fair and mail to PO Box 570 Nassau, Delaware 19969.

If you have any questions or need additional information please go to the Contact Section of this website.

The organizers of the SCSF are looking forward to another exciting year of being fully involved in supporting and encouraging teachers and parents in getting their students to participate in creating science fair projects. In 2014 the organizers of the SCSF will be looking for a new permanent home to hold the SCSF as well as hoping that the new site will be large enough to again permit team science fair projects. All the best to all of the young scientists, engineers and mathematicians who are planning to participate in the 2015 Sussex County Science Fair.