Educational Institutions

Delaware Valley Science Fairs, Inc.

  • Philadelphia, PA
  • http://www.dvsf.org

Mission Statement

During the past 60 years DVSF has grown to encompass 12 regional fairs and now involves more than 10,000 students in the tri-state area. Under the guidance of science teachers or mentors, students identify a problem or question that leads to an experiment using the scientific method and then go about research as an "inquiry-based/hands-on" life long learning experience. Judging provides an opportunity for project evaluation by scientists, engineers, physicians, and educators from both the business and academic communities. The fair is highly organized with very specific rules and controls. DVSF involves research projects is any of 13 scientific disciplines and team projects.

ruling year

1994

Principal Officer

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Mr. Henry Disston

Keywords

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Science Education, Science Fairs

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Also Known As

DVSF

EIN

23-2748891

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Science & Technology Museum (A57)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Program 1

Students compete for modest cash awards, medals, certificates, and scholarships toward college. Drexel University offers over $600,000 in scholarships. DVSF medallists go on to compete at the International Science and Engineering Fair, which involves students from all over the United States and more than 40 foreign countries, staged in different cities annually. Over 50 Professional Societies and Organizations are involved with the program and provide "special awards" for the students.

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DELAWARE VALLEY SCIENCE FAIRS INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Delaware Valley Science Fairs, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Henry Disston

BIO

Henry Disston has been involved with education for over 25 years, both as a classroom teacher and administrator. He began his involvement with science fairs while working at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. In 1993, he incorporated the Delaware Valley Science Fairs (DVSF) and obtained a 501 (c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service. He serves as President and Director of DVSF. The office is housed at Drexel University. Mr. Disston is strongly committed to the philosophy that an "inquiry-based/hands-on" approach to science works. Students learn by doing science. Mr. Disston also serves on the Scientific Review Committee for the International Science and Engineering Fair.

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