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Student Programs

Throughout each school year, DCIU holds a number of student competitions and events in a range of subject areas. Student competitions enhance learning through improving teamwork and collaboration, enhancing social and emotional learning, and increasing student motivation.

Delaware County Science and Engineering Fair

Each year, students in Delaware County are involved in sophisticated research projects that focus on science topics in a variety of categories. The Delaware County Science Fair embraces a philosophy that students learn science by doing science.

Grade range: 6-12 

Governor's STEM Competition

The Governor's Office and the Pennsylvania Department of Education present an annual themed competition focused on exposing students to STEM related jobs, skills, and concepts.

Grade range: 9-12

Making a Difference Awards

The Making a Difference Awards are an annual event sponsored by Delaware County's Right to Education. Local Task Force. The event recognizes outstanding individuals who champion inclusion. 

Math 24 Challenge

The 24 Challenge is a tournament-style competition organized around the 24 Game. Millions of students in more than 20 countries have participated since 1988. Over a period of months preceding the event, teachers use the 24 Game in their classrooms to help students hone their mathematics skills. Then schools or districts hold playoffs to determine which students will advance to our County-wide Championship Event!

Grade range: 4-8

Reading Olympics

Reading Olympics is a year-long competition for students in grades 4-12.  Students read 40 books throughout the year with a culminating game-show style event at the end of the year bringing together teams from across the country.

Grade range: 4-12 

Scripps Spelling Bee

The annual Delaware County Intermediate Unit Spelling Bee takes place in the early spring of each year. The champion of the spelling bee represents the Delaware County area in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. 

In addition to improving students' spelling skills and increasing their vocabularies, spelling bee participation provides valuable experience in developing poise - a necessary skill for success in public speaking, performing arts, and athletics.

Grade range: K-8

STEM Design Challenge

Students are given a theme and challenged to build an object within that theme using K'NEX building materials. At the challenge, they will present a narrative report, submit blueprints/cost sheets, and build their object within an certain time limit.

Grade range: 4-8