Virtual 2021 Fair Resources

This page will explain the extra judging requirements for the 2021 Virtual WSSEF Fair under the “Judging Requirements” and “Special Award Video” milestones in STEM Wizard software.


Virtual Project Board

The virtual project board is to give the judges information about your project including any important graphs or results.  The virtual project board should contain the information normally displayed on a physical project board at an in-person fair.

Create your virtual project board as a pdf for the judges.  You can use Goggle Slides or PowerPoint and save or download the file as a pdf file.  Your pdf should explain the most important data about your project.  Do not depend upon slides to be your presentation. Your oral presentation during the judging session is vital to your success.

Keep in mind that judges will be viewing your virtual project board on their computers.  Please make your slides are easy to read online with little need to scroll or enlarge.  It is not recommended to create a whole project board on one slide like you might if you were actually printing it out as one flat project board.

The following virtual project board pdf link is an excerpt from International Science and Engineering (ISEF) drafted guidelines from the Society for Science and the Public and will be used for next year’s ISEF.  These guidelines can be used to help you create your virtual board and to give you suggestions.  Younger students will not be expected to need as many slides to explain their project as older students.  High school students, if selected for ISEF, will be required to submit up to 12 slides per the ISEF guideline.

Click Here: Virtual Project Board Tips

The QUAD Chart is another helpful ISEF suggestion to present information to judges.  Students may choose to make a Quad Chart as part of their virtual project board or to use it during the virtual interview.  The Quad chart is not required it is offered as another way for students to convey information.

Click Here: QUAD Chart Virtual Project Board Guidelines


Log Book or Scientific Journal

Students should select five of the most important log book or scientific journal pages and create a pdf copy of the pages for submission.  You can take a picture or scan your handwritten pages to create a pdf of your work.

If your log book or scientific journal was done electronically, then submit the entire electronic version.  For example, a log book or scientific journal for a project primarily using programming computer code or a math project might be electronically rather than handwritten.

Judges are looking for a progression of your work or important results a student finds while doing their project.


Student(s) Picture

Picture of the Student for identification purposes during judging.  Teams need to combine pictures of all team members into one pdf.

** Student pictures may be displayed during award ceremony.


Special Awards

Special Awards for the 2021 Virtual Fair will be judged by video.  Students who wish to be considered for a special award need to upload a 3-minute video presentation of their project.  Special Award Judges will review your video and abstract to select special award recipients.

Special Awards are optional.  The WSSEF Category Awards (1st, 2nd, 3rd and honorable mention) are based on the Fair day judge interviews.

Details on where to upload the video are on the “Special Awards” milestone in your STEM Wizard student registration account.

Click HERE for instructions to upload to Flipgrid

When uploading your video on Flipgrid, there are editing tools available.

Two special award questions are being asked to find projects using a significant amount of metrics and statistics.

For statistics, answer yes if your project needed an extensive use of statistics to complete the project.  Projects must include enough analyzed data to make the results statistically significant.

For metrics, answer yes if your project has multiple uses of the metrics system to complete your project. Only consider answering yes if your project used the metric system in more than a couple calculations or measurements.  Only having a few measurements in meters or liters does not qualify for the special award.


Fair Day Virtual Interview

WSSEF will be using Zoom and Zoom breakout rooms for judge interviews.  Students are required to attend an orientation meeting via Zoom on Thursday night before Fair day.  Students should download Zoom to their computer, laptop or phone prior to student orientation.  Links to orientation, Fair day interviews and award ceremony will be sent by email using the STEM Wizard email system.

A schedule showing your judging interview times will be published several days before fair day. Interviews will be 10 minutes for grade 1 – 6 students and 15 minutes for Grade 7 – 12 students.

Students should prepare a presentation that leaves enough time for questions.  Judges may interrupt presentations with questions.  Students are allowed to share their screens during their presentation.

A short YouTube video on screen sharing tips: