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Bremerton hosts state science & engineering fair

Seventh-graders wait patiently to have their individual projects judged at the state science and engineering fair last weekend in Bremerton. - Colleen Smidt
Seventh-graders wait patiently to have their individual projects judged at the state science and engineering fair last weekend in Bremerton.
— image credit: Colleen Smidt

It was two days filled with science of all kinds.

Students from more than 120 different public, private, online or homeschool programs gathered at Bremerton High School last weekend for the 57th Annual Washington State Science and Engineering Fair (WSSEF).

Broken into two parts, participants in first through sixth grades are judged on Friday while grades seven through 12 are judged last. All of the projects are reviewed by the WSSEF judges and participants are then interviewed against set criteria to determine their overall placement, as well as “Best of” category.

Angela Martin from Bellevue, who lacked her partner for their team project thanks to the flu, found Bremerton to be “very interesting to experience.” “I like the diversity of the people and the location,” Martin said.

The science fair also is an opportunity to market the city of Bremerton. A packet of information on local sites to see is provided to each participant. Mayor Patty Lent, the Bremerton city council, officials of the Bremerton School District and local business owners help to put the fair together and attend.

And those who participate in the fair answer questionnaires regarding the length of their stay, the hotels and the entertainment dollars spent.

Bremerton School Board Member Dave Rubie has been an advocate for the WSSEF for a number of years and serves on the organization’s board.

“I know how much work goes into these projects, with student, parent, advisor and teacher all involved in the mentoring of these students,” Rubie said.

Special awards are judged during a separate round and run the gambit of topics. Winners are awarded financial scholarships for college, certificates, plaques and cash awards.

For more information on the Washington State Science and Engineering fair as well as the submission rules and requirement go to www.wssef.org.

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