K-12 Student Events

  • The 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.

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  • 484-237-5098
  • ScienceFair@cciu.org


    • 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.
    • 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 prepare students to take the high-stakes Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) in science education.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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).
    • It is our belief that the Chester County Science Research Competition and its affiliated fairs encourage 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.


  • Behavioral and Social Sciences

  • Biochemistry

  • Botany

  • Chemistry

  • Computer Science

  • Consumer Science

  • Earth & Space Sciences

  • Engineering

  • Environmental Science

  • Mathematics

  • Medicine & Health

  • Microbiology

  • Physics

  • Team Projects

  • Zoology

Judging Levels

  • Students are judged in up to 15 categories within six divisions:

    • Division 12 - 12th grade students 
    • Division 11 - 11th grade students
    • Division 10 - 10th grade students
    • Division 9 - 9th grade students 
    • Division MS - 6th, 7th, & 8th grade students
    • Division EL - 4th & 5th grade students

School Coordinators

  • Science Fair Coordinators School Coordinator Access Only