George Washington Carver Science Fair

About Our Fair

Founded in 1979, The George Washington Carver Science Fair encourages urban youth to pursue academic achievement and careers in science. It is open to all students in grades four through twelve who attend Philadelphia County public, charter, parochial, and private schools, as well as to home-schooled students residing in the county.

Ready to Get Down to Science

To keep our future scientists safe, the 2021 Carver Science Fair will be VIRTUAL for both elementary and secondary students!!!

January 8th, 2021 is the deadline for online applications.
February 22, 2021 will be the deadline for all participants to upload presentation materials.
March 1-5, 2021 judging week.

What will students be submitting?

  • Instead of a poster board, participants will prepare a slide presentation (Powerpoint or Google Slides) that will be converted into a PDF. A template will be provided that students must follow. We will share this template as soon as it is finalized.
  • A digital science notebook (e.g. a Google Doc with the students' notes or a scanned copy of a physical notebook)
  • A short audio or video recording of the student answering a few questions about their project. There will be no live interviews. (1-4 video clips totaling 4 min max)

Judges will review projects beginning the week of March 1st. Results and feedback will be provided by the following week.
Students who qualify for the Delaware Valley Science Fair will participate in April 2021. DVSF will also proceed virtually.

Safety During COVID/Virtual Learning
Students should begin working on their research plans, but before experimentation begins, sponsors must ensure students will be working in a safe and ethical manner.

With so many students learning from home without access to a supervised laboratory, safety in experimentation is an especially urgent concern. COVID itself brings additional risks for any student who is working with human participants.

*Experimentation involving human participants, vertebrate animals, and hazardous biological materials must not begin until the research plan is approved by a Scientific Review Committee. We are forming an SRC now and will soon provide further instructions on how to submit research plans for approval.

*No experimentation of any kind should begin until the sponsor reviews the research plan and signs the Risk Assessment Form.

Finally, please please review the ISEF rulebook carefully and reach out to us if there are any questions.


The George Washington Carver Science Fair would like to thank the following companies and organizations for their tireless support.
With their commitment, students have an opportunity to share ideas, showcase cutting-edge projects,
and compete annually for awards and scholarships.


If you would like to become a sponsor of the George Washington Carver Science Fair
please contact Mrs. Ambra Hook for more information.

For technical questions and support, please contact your event administrator