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2016/2017 Chester County Science Research Competition
Super Nova Sponsor: CCRES
 
Now in its 29th year, the Chester County Science Research Competition (CCSRC) is dedicated to encouraging, supporting and developing scientific inquiry and discovery through individual and team science projects conducted by elementary, middle and high school students. We believe that students are the foundation of our nation's future. Their understanding and accomplishments in science and technology will prepare them to become the leaders of tomorrow and successful citizens in our technologically advancing society.

We believe:
  1. The Chester County Science Research Competition sponsored by the Chester County Intermediate Unit provides an opportunity for students to pursue inquiry-based science through problem solving, planning and conducting research investigations, and using appropriate tools to gather and analyze data.
  2. Inquiry-based science is an integral part of science education.Students doing experimental research exemplify the true nature of science. It is our belief that participation in the CCSRC both compliments and better prepares students to take the high-stakes Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) in science education.
  3. Through the utilization of the rules established by Science Service for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, we provide a safe and flexible learning environment that promotes creativity, investigation and critical thinking.
  4. The Chester County Science Research Competition also provides an opportunity for students to present their projects to professional adults and scientists as they communicate the results of their investigations at the local, regional, national and international levels.
  5. Specifically, the CCSRC recognizes and honors participating students from all Chester County schools at an annual regional science fair. We also provide an opportunity for finalists from the Chester County Science Research Competition to compete at the Delaware Valley Science Fairs (DVSF). For those students who are successful at the DVSF, a trip awaits to Intel International Science and Engineering Fair(ISEF).
  6. It is our belief that the Chester County Science Research Competition and its affiliated fairs encourages students to pursue careers in science, technology, mathematics, and/or engineering by providing a forum for developing academic skills, conducting independent scientific investigation, writing research papers,speaking, preparing an organized display, and utilizing the scientific method.
Over 500 aspiring young scientists annually turn out for the Chester County Science Research Competition. 
 
Join us for the 29th annual Chester County Science Research Competition!
 
Science Fair Workshop
Need a little guidance and support? Check out our Family Science Fair Workshops!

When: November 5 - 10:00 a.m. to noon OR November 9 - 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Where: Chester County Intermediate Unit, 455 Boot Road, Downingtown, PA 19335
How do I sign up? Register here! 
 
 
Lucy Balian Rorke-Adams Fair (Grades 6 through 12)
2016 Rorke-Adams Award Winners

When:
March 6, 2017 (snow date: March 8, 2017) 
Where: University of Valley Forge - Capeci Hall
• Arrival and Set Up 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
• Judging 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
• Dismissal 1:00 PM
• Open House 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
• Breakdown and removal of projects after 7:00 PM

Awards Ceremony: Monday, March 20 at Downingtown West High School
Only those students who have an award designation attached to their project board are asked to attend.
There will be a mandatory meeting for all students advancing to the Delaware Valley Science Fair immediately after the grades 6 - 12 awards program. If you do not attend, you will not be permitted to go to the Del-Val Science Fairs.

Jonas Salk Fair (Grades 4 and 5)
 
When: March 7, 2017 (snow date: March 9, 2017)
Where: University of Valley Forge - Capeci Hall

The "Competition Day Schedule" is as follows:

  • Arrival and Set Up 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
  • Announcements 9:45 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Judging 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Dismissal 1:00 PM
  • Open House 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Breakdown and removal of projects 7:00 PM

Awards for Grades 4 & 5 will be distributed during the Open House.

Students compete in the following scientific categories:
  • Behavioral and Social Science
  • Biochemistry
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Consumer Science
  • Earth & Space Science
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Mathematics
  • Medicine & Health
  • Microbiology
  • Physics
  • Zoology
  • Team

Students are judged in categories at seven levels:
Level A - 12th grade students
Level B - 11th grade students
Level C - 10th grade students
Level D - 9th grade students
Level E - 6th, 7th, & 8th grade students
Level F - 4th & 5th grade students
Team Projects - 4th through 12th grade students


Applications will only be accepted from participating public and non-public schools where the CCSRC School Coordinator has met all the necessary requirements. All projects and related questions should be directed to your CCSRC School Coordinator.

Cyber schools are encouraged to participate and are required to follow the same protocol as the public schools. All students must reside within Chester County to participate.

Homeschool students who live in Chester County may participate in the Chester County Science Research Competition through the Chester County Homeschool Association. Please contact Margaret Greene.

The Chester County Science Research Competition is a feeder fair for the Delaware Valley Science Fairs.



For more information:

Contact: ScienceFair@cciu.org or 484-237-5053.

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