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Sun Valley Students Place at Science Fair

Four Science Fair participants

Sun Valley High School was represented by four ninth grade students at the Delaware County Science and STEM fair on March 8, 2024.     Skylar McCone and Addison Lawler presented their project titled: Venus Flytraps Compared in Different Lighting Environments.  Mahnoor Kahn presented her independent project: How Do Different Building Environments Affect Air Quality.  And Sydney Dauphin entered her What Is In Our Water? Project. They have been working their research projects in Honors General Science since October.

Each year, students in Delaware County are involved in sophisticated research projects that focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics topics in a variety of categories. The Delaware County Science & Engineering Fair embraces a philosophy that students learn science by doing science. In the process, students meet numerous STEM and research standards by learning how to think and develop critical problem-solving skills that they will need for careers, college, and citizenship.

While all of them placed, Skylar and Addison placed third in their category for their team project while Sydney also placed third, qualifying these scientists to move on to the next competition.  All four received their awards at the ceremony on March 14.  The third place winners qualify to compete in the Delaware Valley Science Fair on April 3 in Oaks, Pennsylvania.

The Regional Competition

Each year, 900 to 1,000 students in grades 6th through 12th from Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Delaware make new discoveries that could change their lives forever as they participate in the Delaware Valley Science Fairs (DVSF). Scholarship and prize money are awarded to student winners. DVSF takes top high-school winners to the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) competition in May to compete for more than $4 million in scholarships and awards. Top middle-school winners go on to the Thermo Fisher Junior Innovators Challenge (Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering for Rising Stars) national competition.

Founded in 1949, The Delaware Valley Science Fairs, Inc., is a non-profit organization sponsored by area companies, foundations, universities, and individual donors. One of the oldest and largest Fairs in the country, DVSF embraces a philosophy is that students learn science by doing science. In the process, students learn how to think and develop critical problem-solving skills that they will need for careers, college, and citizenship. 

We are #penndelcoproud of these students and their effort to explore science and compete with students around the area, and hopefully, the world!