Judge / Volunteer

Judges and volunteers are critical to the success of the Fair.  Many opportunities are available.  Help us help the kids!


Become a volunteer

The WSSEF is a non-profit organization which relies solely on volunteers. If you wish to help please contact our volunteer coordinator by contacting the   Volunteer Coordinator here.

Information on becoming a judge for the WSSEF

Judges’ training opportunities

Date TBD:    In person ~ 10 am – noon  1342 NE McWilliams Rd, Bremerton, WA


Date: TBD   Webinar  ~  5:00 – 6:00 pm

Date TBD   Webinar  ~  4:00 – 5:00 pm if needed

Training at the Fair …

During the Fair on Friday ~ 1:00 – 2:00 pm

During the Fair on Saturday ~ 8:00 – 9:00 am

Contact Mike Huey, Head Judge for more information at headjudge@wssef.org here.

Volunteering to judge at the Washington State Science and Engineering Fair is a rewarding and uplifting experience that is best seen when a participant is presenting his/her science project and realizing someone understands and cares about their efforts.  Students across the state of Washington are making amazing discoveries and making the world better around them. 

The Washington State Science and Engineering Fair provides these terrific students a forum to show case their work and earn more than $1,000,000 in scholarships, opportunities and prizes. In 2009, a Washington State student earned “Best in the World ~ Earth & Planetary Sciences” and a trip to CERN Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. All made possible by people like you volunteering to judge at the Washington State Science and Engineering Fair. 

By judging, you are giving encouragement and opportunities for our future scientists and engineers to grow and succeed. An added bonus is that Judges receive the opportunity to experience first-hand the interesting and innovative ideas giving you renewed faith in our future generation.  Click HERE and sign-up to be a Judge.  You will be asked for some contact information, your preferred judging categories, and your availability on Friday (grades 1-6) and/or Saturday (grades 7-12).     Send a message to judges’ recruitment with any judging questions or to volunteer to help with judging.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Judges - Click for answers

Who can be a judge?

Anyone who has a desire to promote the advancement of the sciences and science education. Judging of projects in the high school division will require more specialized knowledge in a particular field where judging of projects in lower grades will be more focused on encouragement for the future.

What is expected of a judge?

To evaluate projects in an impartial manner while applying the judging guidelines and provide positive feedback to the student.  New judges will be paired with more experienced judges.

Where is the Science Fair?

Bremerton High School, 1500 13th Street, Bremerton, WA 98337

When should I arrive at the judging center?

Judges should arrive at 1:00 p.m. on Friday and 8:00 a.m. on Saturday for training. Complimentary meals and refreshments are provided throughout the day for judges.

How do I apply to be a judge?

Click here to go to the online judges registration form.

Who do I contact if I have additional questions?

You may contact judges recruitment here with any additional questions.