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Science Fairs Competitions & The Philly Contraption Contest

Why enter a Homeschool Science Fair? A science fair gives homeschool students the opportunity to experiment using the scientific method, to practice their writing and oral presentation skills, to observe other students’ experiments and to compete (or not- see Greater Phila. H.S. Fair)  with other students in the area of science.  Plus, it’s fun!


Chester County Homeschool Science Fair

WHEN: Saturday, January 21, 2017 (tentative date)

WHERE:  Calvary Chapel Church in Exton, PA

FOR WHOM:  The CCHSF is open to all homeschooled students, grades K-12.  For Chester County residents 4th grade and up, it is the gateway fair to the bigger science fairs.  That is, by the CCIU rules, in order to enter the Chester County Science Research Competition, homeschooled students must first compete in the CCHSF.


Registration Forms MUST be sumbitted by Saturday, December 31, 2016

All participants receive ribbons.  There are prizes for outstanding projects. There will also be some science activities/demonstrations to participate in or watch when you are not talking to the judges.

For More Information and Registration:  Check out the CCHS Science Fair

Need an extra resource? Check out Western Chester County Science Fair Club Blog

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Greater Philadelphia Homeschool Science Fair 

WHEN: Saturday, February 11, 2017

WHERE:  Springton Lake Presbyterian Church Newtown Square, PA

FOR WHOM:  Homeschoolers and Pa. Cyber Charter School Students in grades K -12

COST: $8 per student ($6 if you register before December 1st)

Registration Forms and Fee due by Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Earlybird Registration and Discounted Fee Due by Thursday, Dec. 1st, 2016

To download a registration form, click here: Registration Form

FOR MORE INFO:  Check out the Greater Philadelphia Homeschool Fair

Because several parents have questioned the necessity of competition and judging, we have created a “non-judged” category of the GPHSF. Students may enter projects to be displayed at the GPHSF but will not have to be interviewed by judges.

Homeschoolers can attend the fair even if they are not participating in it. If your child(ren) cannot participate this year, your family may enjoy going to see other students’ work.  There is no entrance fee if your family just goes to see the projects. FREE!!  This program would make an excellent field trip!

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In grades 6-12 and considering competing further than the homsechool fairs?
Check out this page for more information: Advanced Competition

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George Washington Carver Science Fair

Open to students grades 4-12, in the City of Philadelphia. This includes private, charter, public, Catholic, homeschool, and virtual students.

AGES: students in grades 4-6

WHEN: Wednesday, February 21-Thursday, Feb. 23; Awards Program March 3rd.

WHERE:  Academy of Natural Science of Drexel University

AGES: students in grades 7 -12

WHEN: Monday, March 13-Wednesday, March 15; Awards Program March 24, 2017

WHERE: Temple University Student Athletic Pavillion


Registration DEADLINE:  Complete online registration and mail completed Application and form by MONDAY, JAN. 9, 2017To find registration and application forms, click here: Registration and Application links

FOR MORE INFO:  Carver Science Fair

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Homeschoolers: Build a Rube Goldberg Machine

The Philly Contraption Contest was formerly known as the Philadelphia Rube Goldberg Machine Contest. Elementary school, middle school and high school students from the Philadelphia region will compete to build the best Rube Goldberg-style machine that accomplishes the assigned task: Water a plant.

What is a Rube Goldberg machine?  It’s a machine similar to the game “Mousetrap” that was popular when I was little.  Basically it is a machine that uses lots of funny, complicated, and clever steps to perform a very simple task.  Mythbusters created a RubeGoldberg Machine on one of their Christmas episodes.  You can check out their machine by clicking on this link:

Here are the details for the contest:

WHAT:  Philly Contraption Contest (Machine must water a plant.)

WHERE:  Friends’ Central School located at 1101 City Avenue in Wynnewood,  PA

WHENSaturday, March 18, 2017


  • High School Division
  • Middle School Division  (Ages 11 – 14)

TEAM SIZE:  Each team must have at least 3 members, a maximum of 12 members.

REGISTRATION BEGINSNow!  Registration is currently open.

REGISTRATION FEE:  $100 (which is refunded upon participation!)

PRIZES:  Cash prizes and other awards

FOR MORE INFO:  Please click on this site:

TO REGISTERPhilly Contraption Registration


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