WSSEF Awards

WSSEF Awards:

All projects in Grades 1 to 8 are eligible for the awards listed below.

For Individual Projects, the Judging Division is the grade level.

For Team Projects, the Judging Division is as follows: Primary Teams (Team Projects in Grades 1 to 3), Intermediate Teams (Team Projects in Grades 4 to 6) and Junior Teams (Team Projects in Grades 7 to 8).

Every Individual or Team Project is evaluated by WSSEF judges against the judging criteria. Judging is done by interviews with students, reviewing project displays and examining project results. For more information on judging, see judging criteria.

Students in Grades 1 – 8 can be rewarded with:

  • First Place: Blue Ribbon and First Place Trophy
  • Second Place: Red Ribbon
  • Third Place: White Ribbon
  • Honorable Mention: Green Ribbon

Best of Category Award for each Judging Division (see definition of Judging Division above): One project among the First Place recipients in each Judging Division will be selected to receive the Best of Category Award.

 

Grades 9 – 12 WSSEF Awards:

All projects in Grades 9 to 12 are eligible for the awards listed below.

Every Individual or Team Project is evaluated by WSSEF judges against the judging criteria. Judging is done by interviews with students, reviewing project displays and examining project results. For more information on judging, see judging criteria.

Judges will be assigned to judge all Individual and Team Projects within a Judging Division. Senior Projects (Team Projects in Grades 9 – 12) are considered a separate judging division and not broken out by the subject matter areas like Individual Projects. However, Team Projects will be judged along with Individual Projects by subject matter area judges which mostly closely relate to their project.

The Judging Divisions for Grades 9 – 12 are:

Students in Grades 9 – 12 can be rewarded with:

  • First Place: Blue Ribbon and First Place Trophy
  • Second Place: Red Ribbon
  • Third Place: White Ribbon
  • Honorable Mention: Green Ribbon

Gwen Croswaite Washington State Science Student of the Year Grades 1 -6

In honor of the WSSEF Founder, this award recognizes an exceptional student of science in Grades 1 – 6.  The student chosen to receive this award has demonstrated ambition and ability beyond their peers in their grade level.

C.J. Croswaite Washington State Science Student of the Year Grades 7 – 8

Gwen Croswaite founded this award in recognition of her son who was a science fair student and later retuned to judge for 25 years.  The award recognizes an exceptional student of science in Grades 7 – 8 demonstrating ambition and ability beyond their peers in their grade level.

People’s Choice Award

This award is presented to the best student presentation from Grades 1 through 6 as chosen by their peers and attendants. All students entered in the fair, their parents and their teachers were eligible to vote on this award.

Washington State Science & Engineering Fair Science Teacher of the Year

The Washington State Science & Engineering Fair is proud to present this award to an outstanding science or engineering teacher from a participating school.  Nominations are encouraged by students, parents, a principal, department head or peer.  The nomination packet preferably includes letter(s) of endorsement and a teaching biography or resume if available.  Click HERE to nominate your teacher for this award.

Washington State Grand Championship Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards

High school individual and team projects are both eligible to earn the WSSEF Grand Champion Awards (Gold, Silver and Bronze). The top projects (either individual or team) are selected during the first round of judging. The candidates identified for further consideration during the first round of judging will be interviewed and ranked by the Grand Champion Awards Judging Team to determine the Grand Champion Award recipients. The top three projects identified by the Grand Champion Awards Judges will win the WSSEF Grand Awards (Gold, Silver and Bronze).

WSSEF selects individual projects to compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). In addition, WSSEF may elect to send one team project, another individual project or a student observer. All students selected for ISEF will be announced at the Awards Ceremony. Students selected need to meet after the awards ceremony for further instructions; inability to do so may prevent your attendance at ISEF. Students are required to complete the ISEF registration process by Tuesday following the fair.