The parental role in the WSSEF:
Give encouragement, support and guidance.
Make sure your child feels it is his or her project. Make sure
the work is primarily the work of the child.
The WSSEF strives to recruit and train a group of highly
qualified, motivated, and compassionate judges. The judges
dedicate themselves to judging impartially and uniformly. Your
consideration of this is appreciated. At your request, judging
procedures will be explained; however, judging of specific
projects will not be explained. In all cases the decisions of
the judges are final.
Please insure that your child has a book, gameboy, mp3 player or
some other quiet activity to help keep them busy while waiting
for the judges.
Realize the main goal of a science fair project is to help your
child use and strengthen the skills he or she has learned and
develop higher level skills. The main goal should not be the
ribbon, prize, etc.
The parents are responsible for the entrant's transportation to
and from the fair.
Food will be available on site.
o The full schedule can ve viewed here
Parents and adult friends of the exhibitors are invited to view
the exhibits during the open viewing times. See schedule for
posted times. Where judging teams are interviewing an entrant at
his or her exhibit, please respect their need for quiet and
privacy. If it interferes with the judging, this privilege may
be suspended at any time.
Students will be released by grade when all the judging is
complete for the grade. Your patience is appreciated.
Being totally a volunteer organization the WSSEF depends heavily
on volunteers prior to and during the fair. Volunteers are also
needed throughout the year for various tasks and projects as
well. If you are interested in serving on the board of
directors, please notify a board member in person, by e-mail or
go to the
Please check the
Frequently Asked Questions
page where many of your questions may have already been
Do not worry or get upset if your child doesn't win a prize at
the science fair. The skills the child has gained are worth all
Help your child begin to plan for next year.
For directions to the WSSEF visit the
Recognizing Your Student's Achievement
Participation in the Washington State Science and Engineering Fair (WSSEF) is an accomplishment for which your student should be recognized and congratulated. A short news article in your local paper, radio or television, PTSA or school newsletter, church or scouting bulletin, or family letter celebrates the effort your student has made and inspires other families to pursue their interests.
WSSEF has found through experience that the most reliable way to get local news media to cover a student’s achievements is for a parent or teacher to contact the local media directly. To help you get information to newsletters, etc., we have created a sample press release. Download the appropriate electronic copy, edit to suit your student, and then submit.
Parent Press Release