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Lehigh Valley Science and Engineering Research Fair

2019 LVSF NEW DATE: March 15 & 16

Teacher/Sponsor Information Session:

Wedensday, September 12 2018

RSVP Today to attend one of the Information Sessions

(Sessions are for Adult Sponosors from Lehigh Valley Schools. Parents are not invited to attend.)

2019 LVSF Timeline:

  • November 14 - Project Submissions Due
    • All projects must be submitted with complete paperwork
      • Projects without research plans will not be accepted
  • December 6 (Tenative) - SRC Meeting
    • All projects will be reviewed by the SRC at this meeting
  • December 17 (Tenative) - Status Report 1 Emailed
    • Statuts Report 1 will be sent to all sponsors
      • Check participant’s name, grade, category, title
      • SRC comments will be on this report
      • If you do not receive a report, please contact Jill Forrest (jsf212@lehigh.edu or 610.758.4802)
  • January 11 - Status Report 1 Modifications Due
    • All updates, changes and modifications made based on the SRC comments are due
    • Please send changes by fax 610.758.5124
    • Participants name should be on every page sent by fax
  • January 18 - Status Report 2 Emailed
    • Status Report 2 will be emailed to all sponsors
    • Check participant’s name, grade, category, title
    • There should be no more changes or forms needed at this point
  • January 25 - Status Report 2 Modifications Due
    • Final deadline for submitting any outstanding forms
    • No changes or forms will be accepted after this date
  • February 1 - FINAL Status Report Emailed
    • Sponsors will be emailed the final report
    • Students will be listed as Approved or Disqualified
    • No changes or forms will be accepted

2019 Science Fair Weekend Agenda:

Friday, March 15, 2019 - 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. This is the only time allowed for anyone other than participants, judges and fair officials to be on the floor.

Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 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 15th 2019 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 16, 2019, 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 this year's 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 2019 competition to be held on March 16, 2019, please complete this online form. (Form available in the fall.)

*Teachers from participating schools may not participate as a judge. If you have a child or other family member participating in the fair you are not eligible to judge.

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 rah@insaco.com

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.

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