We’re headed into science fair season and the good news is that we’re seeing numbers of students involved that we haven’t seen in 20 years. I think this is the influence of the new science standards but it’s hard to say for sure. In any case, science fairs are one of the best ways to get students in grades K-12 engaged and passionate about science and engineering. But science fairs can’t grow without a proportionate increase in community support. Each year, the students tell us that what they enjoyed the most was the opportunity to meet and converse with their judges: practicing scientists and engineers.
There are three opportunities for Puget Sound engineering society members to get engaged in the next month or so.
1) I’m the head judge for the Kent School District Middle School Science & Engineering Fair, Saturday Mar 15, at Kent Meridian High School. Last year this fair attracted 220 students and 72 were motivated to go on the state competition where they won more awards than any other school district. I need thirty to forty judges and currently I only have about a dozen. If you can spare about 6 hours to help (free lunch!), please send me a note firstname.lastname@example.org You will be investing in the future.
2) Kent Short, head judge at the Central Sound Regional Science & Engineering Fair (Sat Mar 8 at Bellevue College) advises me that he needs about 5 additional judges in the following categories: Electrical and mechanical engineering, Energy and transportation engineering. If you can help on Mar 8, contact Kent at email@example.com
3) Mark your calendar for April 4-5, the Washington State Science & Engineering Fair at Bremerton High School We expect a deluge of students this year and we need 250 judges. The head judge is Mike Huey firstname.lastname@example.org and the registration site is https://www.wssef.org/reg/judge.php