It Happened at the Fair

Thank YOU for attending the 2016 Washington State Science & Engineering Fair!

The Fair was exciting!  Fair attendees were pleased with the improved project area which increases the Fair capacity.  Hundreds of student participants eagerly presented their projects. Also, a hit with the crowd was the earlier Awards Ceremony for grades 1-6.  The estimated overall attendance of 3,000 people including students, judges, volunteers, family members, teachers and the public visitors.  Each and every year the Fair achieves another level of accomplishment due to the students and their ability to meet the challenges of today’s complex world with true scientific research and engineering ingenuity.  The WSSEF judges and volunteers provide a venue to showcase their projects inspiring students to dream, to visualize, to succeed and to go beyond society’s norm and their comfort zone into a great world of possibilities.

Our special guests and activities included …

WA Representatives Jesse L. Young (R) and Michelle Caldier (R), 26th District, WA Legislature joined the festivities and were impressed with the student’s projects.  They recognized that STEM and the WSSEF were imperative to encourage Washington State students towards future science and engineering endeavors.

Mayor Patty Lent, City of Bremerton and Eric Younger, Bremerton City Council President welcomed the WSSEF Award Ceremony attendees.  Greg Wheeler, Pat Sullivan, Leslie Daugs and Jerry McDonald, Bremerton City Council Members, attended the event and leant a hand where needed.  Councilman Richard Huddy served as a first-time judge.  Carolyn Perkins, Bremerton School Board Member, remarked on the superior student projects this year.

Edward E. Wolfe, Chair, Kitsap County Commissioner, joined the festivities and was impressed with the magnitude of the event and all it offers.

Joan Bellant Hanten, Vice President Olympic College Relations, Retired emceed both award ceremonies.  The awards were presented on stage by Eureka Lodge #20, Seattle’s Masonic Lodge for Science Education.

Scholarships, scientific and engineering trips, prizes and awards totaling $1.8 million were earned by the WSSEF student participants.  Including Kitsap County, students traveled from all 39 Washington State counties to participate in this year’s WSSEF.  They arrived by the busload and enjoyed the hospitality of our local citizens and businesses.  Local hotels filled and reported the large number of student groups staying over the weekend were exemplary guests.

Representatives from higher educational institutions traveled to the Fair personally speaking to the students, families and the public about the benefits their universities offer.

  • Andy Fraher, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, AZ
  • Arlene Parkay and Dr. Paul Verrell, Washington State University College of Arts & Sciences, Pullman, WA
  • College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences, WSU, Pullman, WA

Coinciding with the student project judging, other events included the BOXLIGHT Science Film Festival, WSSEF Round Table Seminar “A Successful School Science Fair Program:  You can do this! Really!” hosted by Bruce Murdock, Retired Educator and STEM supporter.  Plus, interactive displays.  All offered free to the public attendees.

Interactive displays from Bonneville Power Administration engineered transmission tower construction projects and a student powered bike generating electricity; Navy League of the U.S. – Olympic Peninsula and The Historic Ships joined forces and presented numerous creative projects that sparked the imagination; Lake Washington HAM’s Radio joined with the North and South Amateur Radio Clubs offering the public world-wide communications via HAM radio;  Olympic and Tacoma Astronomical Societies demonstrated aerodynamics with stomp rockets and a invited everyone to look though their telescope and view the sun.

Plan to Attend the Washington State Science & Engineering Fair next year on March 31 & April 1, 2017!