About Our Fair
Founded in 1979, the George Washington Carver Science Fair (GWCSF) encourages urban youth to pursue academic achievement and careers in science. It is open to all students in grades four through 12 who attend Philadelphia County public, charter, parochial and private schools, as well as to home-schooled students residing in the county.
The fair is named in honor of the late George Washington Carver, a scientist, inventor, artist, musician, and great humanitarian. Since its inception, over 37,000 students have participated in the George Washington Carver Science Fair and have, in many cases, moved on to compete in the Delaware Valley Science Fair and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.
strive to win first, second and third place medals, as well as special awards. Winners are encouraged to enter the Delaware Valley Science Fair and other regional and national fairs. GWCSF is an opportunity to gain recognition, interact with scientists and educators, and test growing scientific skills. Students may also apply for summer scholarships. View more information on how to be a student participant.
Parents and guardians
help their children pursue an interest in science and gain recognition from the educational and scientific community. GWCSF offers opportunities for you to meet other parents and teachers interested in motivating students in the sciences.
are recruited from a variety of institutions, including scientific, medical, higher education and corporate—all in the Philadelphia area. Judges also volunteer from the Philadelphia School District as well as neighboring county public school systems. As a judge, you’ll help motivate young scientists and to build their confidence. View more information on how to be a judge.
For more information about the George Washington Carver Science Fair.