Washington State Science & Engineering Fair (WSSEF)
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Nurturing young minds to develop new ideas! The Washington State Science & Engineering Fair (WSSEF) in it's 60th year began as the Kitsap County Science Fair in 1957 sponsored by the Bremerton PTA and Olympic College. Today, WSSEF is one of the State's oldest and largest educational non-profit organizations outside the classroom. With your support, we offer an annual venue to all students grades 1-12 to showcase their projects receiving judging and professional feedback for their efforts. Every child at each grade level has the opportunity to earn more than $1.8 million in scholarships, trips, awards and prizes. WSSEF is an educational outreach advocating support to local fairs and ISEF affiliated Regional Fairs. WSSEF is the concept lead for "Team Washington" advancing our top students to national and international fairs, seminars, conferences and other competitions.
WSSEF participation growth steadily continues as proven with a 333% increase over the past five years. That is an outstanding growth for ‘Promoting Future Scientists and Engineers’ to our kids. Kids with a scientific, technology, engineering and math (STEM) focus find out they are not alone – there is a community and scientific network of which they are already a member. In the past year, the WSSEF students were featured in numerous newspaper articles statewide, local television broadcast, Alaska Airlines in-flight magazine and internet journal publications on a global scale. They earned more than $1.8 million in awards and more importantly, they were inspired to continue researching their ideas. The WSSEF collaborated with the five Regional Fairs hosting the top students and their projects to the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF). The WSSEF students were among 1,700 young entrepreneurs, innovators and scientists selected from 77 countries around the world and conversed with Nobel Laureates. When kids participate in the WSSEF they are inspired to excel, to visualize, to dream, to succeed and go beyond society’s norm and their comfort zone into a great world of possibilities. “He worked so hard on his school Science Project and his participation in the Fair was a bit of a whim. We had no idea what he was getting into. But, we had a sense that one who works hard on something should share their results – and in so doing he was rewarded – rewarded mostly by having people who care and really listen to what he did, inquire more deeply and ask probing questions. The judges, the fair-goers and the other scientists!!! Thank you so much for such a positive experience.” ~ G. G., Parent
Your donations provide Washington State’s premiere science and engineering fair venue facilitating more than $1.8 million in 100% donated scholarships, trips, prizes and awards to students’ grades 1-12. Administrative costs are less than 1%. Why? Because WSSEF is volunteer based with 600+ volunteers donating thousands of free labor hours. Join us once and you will revel in the difference your efforts make in the educational future of our students. WSSEF does not carry debt, is not state funded and depends solely on donations and sponsorships. Donate TODAY at the Kitsap Great Give, sponsor an award, volunteer or become a judge!
PO Box 2412
Silverdale, WA 98383