CASEF 2016 ISEF Finalists



Left to Right: Pia Alderman, Wesley Sheker, and Alan Hwang.

Congratulations to these three dynamic students who did an excellent job at Intel ISEF this year in Phoenix Arizona May 9-13, 2016. Wesley won 3rd place in his category- Microbiology.


59th Casef Senior Grand Champions Announced


Casef Grand Champions 2016

L to R- Wesley Sheker, Alan Hwang, Pia Alderman

Congratulations! Best of luck at ISEF May 8-13 in Phoenix, Arizonia!

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Wesley Sheker,                       Pia Alderman

Harrisburg Academy               Trinity High School

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Alan Hwang                          Alternate, Maggie Wu

Hershey High School            Hershey High School

Senior Finalists

Clayton Hillson – Delone Catholic “Parental Attitude and Childhood Obesity”

Erica Wang – Hershey High School “Fine-grained Crowd Selection for Mobile Crowd Sensing”

Kim Dudding – Trinity High School “Keeping and “Ion” Roundup

Alternate Grand Champion – Maggie Wu – Hershey High School “Detection of Free Radicals”

Grand Champions:  

Wesley Sheker – Harrisburg Academy “Methylococcus capsulatus in a Bioreactor”

Alan Hwang – Hershey High School “iOS App: Enable an Arduino Controlled 3-D Printer Hand

Pia Alderman – Trinity High School “ Effect of Infrared/UV Light on Dugesia tigrina Regeneration

Junior Finalists:

Jaime Carson – St. Joseph School Mechanicsburg “The Cricket is the Ticket”

Megan Gouldy – St. Joseph School Mechanicsburg “What Dirty Little Secrets is Your Toothbrush Hiding?”

Second Runner-up:   Megean Siedlecki – Good Shepherd School “Solar Fire”

First Runner-up: Megan Holtzinger – Bermudian Spring Middle School “Jack and the Beanstalk”

Grand Champion: Jack Drda – Camp Hill Middle/High School “How Does the Quality of Local Bodies of Water Affect Algal Growth?”

CASEF 59th Awards Ceremony

The 59th Capital Area Science & Engineering Fair Awards Ceremony will begin at 6:45 pm. Feb. 26, 2016.

Science fair projects will be open to the public from noon to the end of the ceremony tonight. Students will be at their projects from 5:30 pm to the start of the awards program. Brett Thackara from WHTM Channel 27 will be our host for tonight. Join us in celebrating our own students in the pursuit of STEM research.

Thank you to our sponsors, special awards donations and scholarships being provided for tonight’s awards which will exceed $ 1 million in scholarships, awards and prizes. Please join us in this celebration!

Online Registration Deadlines & Fair Dates

Feb 24-26, 2016 Casef Fair

Check out Fair Week Link to the right for schedule

Online registration information attached in ZFairs User Manual- How to Register directions (Note: use this link for casef zfair online)

Teachers were notified of corrections and or additions to online forms. These must be completed by this Friday 29, 2016 or be disqualified.

The electronic signing may not work- so hard copies of forms with signatures with signatures will need to be uploaded by the teachers. Uploaded forms MUST BE DONE ONE AT A TIME!

Reminder that Teacher Inventory, Student Entry form and Abstract/ID forms are due in HARD copy in the office by January 12th. These forms are on website under Forms.

Grand Champion Finalists’ Projects


Grace Hwang, Hershey High School, Long Term Effects of Physical Activity and Sleeping Pattern- Grand Champion


Connor Lewis, Mechanicsburg High School, Concrete Solutions- Grand Champion


Agustey Mongia, Hershey High School, A Mathematical Model for Breast Cancer Progression- Grand Champion


Pia Alderman, Trinity High School, Effect of Insecticides and B12 on Regeneration- Alternate Grand Champion


Swati Patel, Central Dauphin High School, Proteomics and Transcriptions During Drought Stress


Madelyn Grossman, Cumberland Valley High School, A Study of Incomplete White Oak Seed Germination


Alan Hwang, Hershey High School, Matchup