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 21, 2018, 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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If you are interested in competing in the 2018 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 20, 2017.

Safety and Display Protocol

NMSEF Entry Form


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 2018 Kick Off meeting on September 12, 2017, RSVP for details at

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2018 Categories

NMSEF Entry Form

Rules Wizard


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 news



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2017 Grand Champion: Amplifying DNA sequences representative of genetically modified products using PCR, Gaurav Mittal, Manheim Township (registered Independently) Grade 9

Senior Champion: Gold nanoparticles as a colorimetric sensor for E. coli, Aparna Paul, Elizabethtown Area High School, Grade 12

Junior Champion: The effect of various foundations and soils at reducing seismic vibrations., Lilly Heilshorn, Centerville Middle School, Grade 8

Junior Reserve Champion: Shade balls to save water year round, Arielle Breuninger, Lancaster Country Day, Grade 8

Senior Reserve Champion: Neo-esperanto; Universal Language based on mathematical patterns, Edwin Crockett, Ephrata High School, Grade 11



Sunday, April 9 from 3-5 pm

The public is welcome to join us in celebrating the success of our young scientists at this community event. If you missed our public hours last week at the 2017 North Museum Science and Engineering Fair, you will have the opportunity to interact with our top winners (fair champions and first place category winners) from 3-5 pm. Museum admission for that day will be pay as you will, with the funds directly supporting the North Museum’s STEM education outreach efforts, like the North Museum Science and Engineering Fair. Note: The North Museum will be open for our normal Sunday hours from 12-5 pm and will be running SciDome shows for $4/show admission. 


Congratulations, Laurie Hess of Warwick High School, the 2017 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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