Science Fair

North Museum Science & Engineering Fair

The NMSEF serves as the only Lancaster County’s Regional Science Fair that is free of charge to the students and schools that is affiliated with the INTEL ISEF International Science Fair Competition.

Winners of the North Museum Science & Engineering Fair advance to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the world’s largest international pre-college science competition.

How You Can Help!
Sponsor and support student scientists who are innovators changing the world for the better. Attend the NMSEF at Spooky Nook Sports Complex for an event you won’t want to miss! Public hours, March 22nd, 4:00pm-6:00pm, Awards ceremony @ 6:30pm. Volunteer There are a zillion volunteer opportunities to pull off this massive event. Join in the fun and change the world.

get involved


how to get involved

To participate, interested students need to recruit a teacher or other qualified adult willing to assist with research and registration. Once you are registered, your teacher or adult sponsor will assist with the necessary forms to allow you to begin researching your proposal.

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Archimedes Initiative Project Ideas

If you are interested in competing in the 2017 North Museum Science & Engineering Fair (NMSEF) and are not already participating through your school, please contact Andrew Garner at or 717.358.4605 before October 14, 2016.

Safety and Display Protocol

get students involved

By sponsoring interested students with research and registration, you open the door to the future! Be sure to register yourself, and you’ll be given the link to register your students for this regional competition.
Attend the 2017 Kick Off meeting on September 7, 2016, RSVP for details at

Safety and Display Protocol

want to judge the north museum science & engineering fair?

The North Museum invites interested professionals in science-related fields to register as qualified judge for the Fair. Use the link to provide us with your credentials and to receive information about being part of this county wide, internationally affiliated competition!

science fair calendar

·         Wednesday, September 7, 2016 NMSEF 2016 Kickoff Meeting

 ·         Friday, September 30, 2016, TEACHER ONLINE registration deadline

 ·         Monday, October 3, 2016, STUDENT ONLINE registration begins

 ·         Friday, October 21, 2016, STUDENT ONLINE registration deadline

 ·         Friday, October 28, 2016 by 5 PM, all project paperwork due at the North Museum

 ·         Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 5:00 – 7:00, the NMSEF Project Review night for SENIOR LEVEL PROJECTS. One representative from each high school must attend!

 ·         Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 5:00 – 7:00, the NMSEF Project Review night for JUNIOR LEVEL PROJECTS. One representative from each middle school must attend!

 ·         Friday, December 9, 2016, last day for student proposal re-submission

 ·         Friday, January 13, 2017, NMSEF allotment notification to your school

 ·         Friday, February 3, 2017, List of students status sent to schools for edits.

 ·         Friday, February 10, 2017, final student participant list due

 ·         Friday, March 3, 2017, final project title with categories due from each school


 ·         Wednesday, March 8, 2017, Judges training.

The following events will be held at Spooky Nook Indoor Sports Complex

 ·         Wednesday, March 22, 2017, the North Museum Science and Engineering Fair, public hours, 4pm-6pm, Award Ceremony (6:30P) 

science fair news


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Sr. Champion: Shohini Banerjee, 11, Warwick HS, Geolocating Active Shooters Using Proximity and Multilateration Algorithms
Jr. High Reserve Champion: Katie Haefner, 8, St. Anne School, Going Green with Greywater
Grand Champion: Marissa Witmer, 11, Solanco HS, Reducing the Risk of Alzheimers for Type II Diabetes Patients
Jr. High Champion: Gaurav Mittal, 8, Manheim Township MS, The Road to Pollution-Free Electricity- Where Drivers are Rewarded
Senior Reserve Champion: Sneha Mittal, 11, Manheim Township HS, PAC Clone with p53-GFP Fusion Gene - A Safer Vector for Cancer Gene


The North Museum Champions of Science Dinner is a celebration of the latest in local science. Student champions and first place award winners from the North Museum Science & Engineering Fair display and explain their projects. At the 2016 event, attendees enjoyed an inspiring presentation by featured speaker, Shree Bose, a current undergraduate at Harvard University, Girl Start Ambassador, Congress for Future Physicians Student Ambassador, and winner of both the 17-18 year old age category and the Grand Prize of the first ever Google Global Science Fair in 2011.


Congratulations, Ned Bushong of Lancaster Country Day School, the 2016 recipient of the North Museum Board of Directors' Prize for Excellence in Science Education!

Hempfield senior wins second place award at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

May 2015 – At the Grand Awards ceremony for the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair, Lancaster student and North Museum Science & Engineering Fair Senior Champion Maya Rao won a second place award for developing an inexpensive water quality test. The ceremony was held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Friday, May 15. Rao won her second place award, beating out over a hundred entries in the Earth and Environmental Sciences category, with her project, “Bacterial Counts Using Nanocomposites”. In addition to the award, Rao received $1,500 and an asteroid will be named in her honor. Rao is a senior at Hempfield High School, and is the daughter of Rao and Padma Sankarmanchi of Mountville. Rao was honored for her work developing a system using an old iPod case and some easily accessible raw materials to measure bacteria in a water sample. It would cost less than $1 to recreate her model. That’s a huge savings when compared to current options that cost $20 to $40. Full Article

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