Fall Meeting 10/1/19 & Workshop 10/5/19


We have had to change the date of the fall teacher meeting.  It will be Tuesday  October 1 at 4 pm in Blocker 212 on the Harrisburg HACC Campus.  There are several by-law change recommendations from the board that will need membership vote.  We will also spend more time on the changes and expectations for the fair to clarify some of the bigger issues we had last year.  THe meeting is expected to run about 90 minutes.  Please try to attend or send a representative from your school/district.

We will also be offering a workshop on Saturday, October 5 from 8:30 – 11.  We will have sessions on  SRC/IRB, Statstics, Rules and Forms, and TONS of FREE resources.  We have invited the State Library, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, PA Biomedical Research Society, PA Dept of Environmental Resources CSATS (PSU high school science outreach) and several Science in Motion representatives.  These are all FREE resources for STEM projects ideas and materials.
Please RSVP no later than September 15 to director@CASEF.org
Valerie Knowles, Fair Director

Valerie KnowlesCapital Area Science and Engineering Fair DirectorUSPA01

The Regeneron Science Talent Search 2020 Application is now open!


The Regeneron Science Talent Search is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors.

The Regeneron Science Talent Search (Regeneron STS), a program of Society for Science & the Public, recognizes and empowers our nation’s most promising young scientists who are creating the ideas that could solve society’s most urgent challenges. 

Each year, approximately 1,800 students enter Regeneron STS, submitting original research in critically important scientific fields of study. Unique among high school competitions in the U.S. and globally, Regeneron STS focuses on identifying, inspiring, and engaging the nation’s most promising young scientists.

Three hundred scholars are selected based on their exceptional research skills, commitment to academics, innovative thinking, and promise as a scientist. Each scholar and their school receives $2,000. From that select pool, 40 finalists are then invited to Washington, D.C. in March to undergo final judging, display their work to the public, meet with notable scientists, and compete for $1.8 million in awards. The finalists are each awarded at least $25,000, and the top 10 awards range from $40,000 to $250,000.

In 2017, Regeneron became only the third sponsor of the Science Talent Search, increasing the overall awards distribution to better reward the best and brightest young minds. Through its 10-year, $100 million commitment, Regeneron nearly doubled the overall award distribution to $3.1 million annually, increasing the top award to $250,000 and doubling the awards for the top 300 scholars and their schools to $2,000 each to inspire more young people to engage in science.

The Regeneron Science Talent Search 2020 Application is now open!

  • Deadline: November 13, 2019 at 8pm Eastern Time

Get started now.

CASEF Champs at Phoenix ISEF


The CASEF Fab Five in front of the Wall of Fame where every finalist’s name is listed.
Left to right: Christian Gasdaska, Liam Douglas, Dev Lochan, Adele Shirmer, and Alec Warren

Follow our ISEF Finalists on facebook this week!


Follow us through Intel’s Science Engineering Fair Week as CASEF’s finalists meet and greet hundreds of fellow finalists from around the world, as well as, listening to Nobel prize winners, and are interviewed by experts in their field! We will be posting photos every day!

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

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