WELCOME TO THE SUSSEX COUNTY SCIENCE FAIR
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. 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, which may qualify these students to participate at the next level, the Delaware Valley Science Fair (DVSF) held in Pennsylvania. The winning science fair projects as determined by the judges of the Sussex County Science Fair are final decisions and can not be appealed. Students who participate and win in specific categories there 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.
With the closing of the Biden Center for major renovations, the 2014 Sussex County Science Fair is moving to the Sussex Academy located at 21150 Airport Road, Georgetown Delaware 19947.
Important Timelines for Teachers and Students Regarding the 2014 SCSF
15 October 2013: Contact the SCSF committee to let us know that you plan to participate.
15 December 2013: Submit any projects needing prior approval of the SCSF committee. For more information about the type of projects that need prior approval, go to the home page of the SCSF website look under the heading SCSF Rules. The required forms can be found under the heading Registration Rules.
14 January 2014: SCSF entry forms should be submitted. They may be mailed to our courtesy box at Cape Henlopen High School or to “Sussex County Science Fair PO Box 570 Nassau, De 19969”. DO NOT FAX ANYTHING TO CAPE!! This is an infringement on their courtesy, and those forms may be lost or even end up in the trash!
6 February 2014: ISEF forms should be submitted. Please check for completeness before submitting!
2 March 2014: Set-up project displays between 2:00 and 4:00 PM.
2 March 2014: Public viewing of the projects between 4:00 and 6:00 PM
3 March 2014: SCSF judging of projects and student interviews. Students/teachers should arrive at the Sussex Academy and be at their posters for their interviews with the judges by 9:45 AM.
3 March 2014: Awards Ceremony at 1:00 PM
The 2013 SCSF that was held at the Biden Center in the Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes, Delaware on the 4th of March. The keynote speaker was Shailen Bhatt the Secretary of the Delaware Department of Transportation.
Eighty-five science fair projects were submitted to be judged at the 2013 SCSF. Congratulations to all of our 2013 SCSF winners as well as to all of our Special Award winners. Twelve student projects from the SCSF were sent to compete at the Delaware Valley Science Fair, the next level of competition.
At the 2013 Delaware Valley Science Fair (DVSF), 1007 science fair projects were submitted by 1084 students involving 343 teachers in 242 schools with a total of 420 judges who conferred close to 1000 awards worth approximately $3 million dollars. Fourteen competitors from the DVSF competed at ISEF, which was held in Phoenix, Arizona. At the 2013 ISEF the DVSF team won 9 awards.
The SCSF had two student medalists, at the DVSF, with 6 of the 12 students’ projects receiving at least one award with all six receiving category awards and four students also receiving special awards. The two DVSF medalists from the SCSF are the following:
• Bansri Patel (11th Grade Sussex Tech) DVSF Gold Medal Award Winner.
The title of her science fair project was “Evaluating Behavioral and Developmental Effects of BPA and BPS in a Model Invertebrate C. Elegans”
• Mikayla Ockels (9th Grade Sussex Central High School) DVSF Silver Medal Award Winner. The title of her science fair project was “ Black Gold”
Bansri Patel and Mikayla Ockels science fair projects were one of the 12 projects from the DVSF that competed at the 2013 ISEF. In addition, Bansri and Mikayla also competed at the BioGENEius Fair. Bansri represented Delaware at the National BioGENEius Fair in Chicago and received the fourth place award in the Animal Sciences category. A complete list of all of the 2013 winners can be found in the Awards section of the SCSF website.
The SCSF is administered by a dedicated group of volunteers. It is funded by donations, individual gifts and in-kind support. 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 students and teachers are looking forward again to another exciting year of reviewing and judging science fair projects. All the best to all of the young scientists, engineers and mathematicians who are planning to participate in the 2014 Sussex County Science Fair.