Congratulations to Junior Grand Champions


Grand Champion
Julia Toyer, 8, Maureen Smith, Harrisburg Academy
Testing What Substances Will Help a Mix of Berries and Leaves Compost the Fastest

First Runner Up
Parimala Rajesh, 8, Heather Castle, Cumberland Valley Good Hope MS
Cell Phone Radiation Barriers: Do They Really Work?

Second Runner Up
Varnika Udhayakuma, 8, Heather Castle, Cumberland Valley Good Hope MS
Fat in Foods and Its Effects on Your Body

Congratulations to CASEF’s ISEF Finalists


Grand Champion Winners 2019

Senior Division

Adele Shirmer, 12, Kathy Becker, Susquenita HS
Beetles Beware: Effects of Various Biopesticides on Callosobruchus maculatus Behavior

Christian Gasdaska, (middle) 11, Kathy Becker, Susquenita HS
Aerodynamic Bicycle

Dev Lochan, (far right) 10, Nicole Reed, Cumberland Valley HS
Taking a Step Toward Solving the Foot Crisis: Reducing Joint Impact with Magnetic Levitation

Alec Warren, (2nd from left) 12, and Liam Douglas, (far left) 11, Lakshmi Shrikantia, Harrisburg Academy
Developing and Simulating Self Driving Car A.I. Without Need for Traffic Lights

Alternate Grand Champion

Planariidae as a Model System for Studying Neurological Aspects of Allergy Response: Year Three of an Ongoing Study
Cheyna Warner
Central Dauphin HS

Thank you to our sponsors


CASEF is proud to be partnered with Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC), The Donald B and Dorothy L Stabler Foundation,

 Dauphin County Office of Community & Economic Development, Penn State College of Medicine & Hershey Foods, UGI Utilities, Phoenix Contact, USA, Inc. and the John Crain Kunkel Foundation.   We are supported by the following community-minded businesses: Penn State Harrisburg, Shippensburg University, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP, GANCOM/Gannett Fleming, Fastsigns Mechanicsburg, KCI Technologies, Foundation for Enhancing Communities, Giant Foods, & Sheetz

In addition, thank you to the individual donations of teachers, judges, parents, and community members who support tomorrow’s scientists.

CASEF’s home is HACC


             Capital Area Science and Engineering Fair  home is HACC 
We will be holding the 2018 and 2019 Fairs in Blocker Hall on the Harrisburg HACC Campus.
Our physical address is:  221 Blocker Hall, HACC
                                         1 HACC Drive
Our new email address is (effective now).  Please make these changes in your email address book.  The Whitaker Center email is no longer valid.

Regular schedule for Fair Week

FAIR  March 4 – 7  HACC  *Despite weather, on reg schedule

 NO setups tomorrow on judging day.

Monday  March 4   Set-up: Students projects and all other materials- forms, Lab books, science paper, board, etc.    4pm – 7pm  Mandatory Certification*

*ALL students need to enter through the Select Medical Building and cannot leave until the project has been certified, without certification, it will be disqualified. It takes about 20-30 minutes to complete the process and all students must be checked in by 6:45pm.

Tuesday March 5   Judging:  8am – 11am  Judges Review Projects (No students near projects- in am only)

               8:30am – 11am  -HACC opportunities for students

              12:30pm – 2pm  Student Interviews

                8am – 2pm Special Award Judging

                4pm  Grand Champion Call-back NotificationWednesday March 6  Grand Champion Judging 9-11amThursday March 7  5:30  Jr (grade 7 & 8)7:30 (grades 9-12) Award Ceremony  Evan PE Center                                 You must be present to receive award(s)  They will NOT be given to teachers, siblings, parents, team mates or other students                                ALL PROJECTS MUST BE REMOVED AFTER CEREMONY – anything left after 10pm will be recycled – nothing will be stored for later pick up.The fair is open to the public  Wed 11 – 8 and Thursday 8 -7:30

70th Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Arizona, May 12-17, 2019

Next Deadline

January 8, 2019  (Tuesday) 4pm Deadline for ALL project entries – Electronic Inventory Forms Due. Last date for postmarked school registration

End of Year Donations- Give Locally

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to all! If you follow us on FB, consider an end of year donation. We’re looking for $19.57 as it represents the year that the Capital Area Science Engineering fair first started in 1957. 

Consider helping Tomorrow’s scientists by supporting your local science fair now. Thank you for your support.

Also, it’s never too late to join and select a non profit, tax deductible organization like ours: Capital Area Science Engineering Fair. We’ve expanded from 7 counties to 38, to include every county of PA in the science fair program. This means that every student in PA has the potential to be part of the International Science Engineering Fair which has over 80 countries and 1800 student finalists from around the globe.  Be part of this exciting process and donate now.

Thank you and Season’s Greetings!

We are a officially certified and on the PA EITC Innovative Educational Program

Upcoming Deadlines

January 8, 2019  (Friday) 4pm Deadline for ALL project entries – Electronic Inventory Forms Due

              Last date for postmarked school registration

January 12, 2019 (Saturday) 9am Category Selection Committee

emails sent regarding omissions and corrections

January 17, 2019  11:59pm  (Thursday)  ePOSTMARK DEADLINE for corrections/omissions

                                        STEMWIZARD closes

Science Fair Project Ideas

It’s time to start thinking of ideas for the science fair this year. The best ideas are when you think of a problem. Whether the problem is around the home, your neighborhood, school, or state; think of a way to solve that problem and test it. These are the types of projects that do very well with the judges.

To get started, look through the pages on How to start a science fair project and explore the internet, professionals, library, etc for more information. Good luck.

Our State Library has a maker space workshop that offers free resources to teachers, students to sign out. Check our links to the right.