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Lehigh Valley Science and Engineering Research Fair

2016 Fair

The 2016 Fair had close to 500 projects entered. Close to 300 projects were set up for judgine this year.

2017 LVSF Information

The 2017 fair will take place on Friday, March 10th (set-up and registration) and Saturday, March 11th (competition) at Lehigh University, Goodman Campus Rauch Field House, 123 Goodman Drive.

The fair is facilitated by its proud sponsors, Lehigh University and Insaco, Inc., teachers, and parents. Teachers volunteer their personal time to prepare their students for this special day; this is above and beyond the call of duty and is greatly appreciated. The judges are also volunteers, who spend their own time interviewing these bright and talented young people. Faculty and staff also contribute their time to provide hands-on learning experiences for these young people.

The purpose of the Science and Engineering Fair is to increase awareness in the areas of mathematics, science, technology, and engineering, and motivate area students in grade 6-12 to pursue careers in these fields. Sponsored by Lehigh University and Insaco, Inc., the fair is held once a year in Rauch Fieldhouse at Lehigh University and has approximately 250 participants each year. Winners have the opportunity to participate in the Delaware Valley Fair and potentially, the International Science and Engineering Fair.

PLEASE NOTE: No Micro projects are permitted for the middle school students. This includes yeast and mold projects!

Important Dates

Friday, November 18, 2016 - Submission deadline for all required forms are due to: (copies only please - students should keep originals)

Friday, January 13, 2017 - Deadline for final version of forms, notification of dropouts and electrical needs.

  • For the safety of the students and to comply with federal, state, and local laws, any incomplete application will not be permitted to participate

Friday, March 10, 2017 - Registration, project set-up, and safety check for all students from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

  • If the student is unable to attend registration, someone else (parent, teacher or friend) can set up on the student's behalf. Projects MUST be set up Friday night - no exceptions. Bring your log or research book on Friday.
  • Parents and teachers may view projects during this time.

Saturday, March 11, 2017 - Day of fair from 12:15 PM to 5:00 PM

  • Teachers and parents are NOT permitted on the floor during judging on Saturday. A separate area will be set up for parent and teachers who wish to attend. The public may view projects on Friday evening during the registration and set up time. All students MUST set up their project in Rauch Field House on Friday, March 10th 2017 between 4:00 PM and 8:00 PM. If the student is unable to, a parent or teacher can set up on the student's behalf. Projects will NOT be allowed to be set up on Saturday morning. NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE.

Judges Information

On Saturday, March 11, 2017, 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Lehigh University and Insaco, Inc. will sponsor the annual Lehigh Valley Science and Engineering Fair at Lehigh University’s Rauch Field House. Success of the event is due in no small part to the tremendous effort of our volunteer judges. Over 300 Lehigh Valley students in grade 6 through 12 will display the results of their research projects. The goal is to generate and maintain interest in science and engineering. By doing independent research, science comes alive for these students and becomes more than a dull classroom experience.

We are interested in recruiting one hundred and fifty (150) judges for the 2017 science fair. Science and engineering professionals with a minimum of a bachelor of science degree to help evaluate these projects. Judges will meet with the students and listen to them describe their work. Then, judges will have the opportunity to make suggestions, offer guidance, and support. Fair judges may be one of the only “professional” scientists or engineers these students have ever met. In one day, judges can do more to encourage young people to follow careers in science and engineering, than you ever dreamed.

Participating judges will find this experience extremely rewarding. Please volunteer one day of your time to help encourage a young scientist or engineer.

The Lehigh Valley Science Fair takes place at the Rauch Field House on Lehigh University's Goodman Campus located in Saucon Valley.

Judges should plan on arriving between 8:00 and 8:30 Saturday morning.  A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided for all judges.

Judging generally concludes around 3:00-3:30 depending on the number of projects and the size of the judging group. Detailed information will be sent to registered judges approximately 7-10 days before the fair.

If you are interested in serving as a judge for the 2017 competition to be held on March 11, 2017, please complete this online form. (Form available in the fall.)

For more information about judging the LVSF please contact:
Robert Haines, Head Judge
Insaco Inc.
P.O. Box 9006
Quakertown, PA 18951-9006
(215) 536-3500 FAX (215) 536-7750

If you have any questions, please email Mr. Haines at


Delaware Valley Regional Science Fair

The mission of the Delaware Valley Regional Science Fair is to bring parents, teachers, and industry together to encourage and nurture students so that they grow and develop into contributing members of the community. The philosophy is students learn science by doing science. The fair provides a forum for students to present their scientific work and interact with scientists as well as receive feedback on their efforts. Students are awarded, scholarships, cash prizes, and other non-monetary recognition for their work. Each year, first place winners from the Lehigh Valley fair go on to participate in the Regional fair.

LVSF Mission Statement:

The mission of the Lehigh Valley Science and Engineering Research Fair is to increase awareness in the areas of mathematics, science, technology, and engineering, while motivating students in grades sixth through 12th to pursue careers in these field.