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Following are frequently asked questions regarding the WSSEF.

 

1. How do I get entry forms?
2. Where can I get the latest WSSEF flyer?
3. When can we set up our display?
4. When does judging start?
5. When does judging end?
6. How many judges will there be?
7. Do I have to stay by my project after I've talked to the judges?
8. What are the awards for the WSSEF?
9. When can I pick up my project?
10. Why can't I have plants, animals, food, soil, or water as part of my exhibit?
11. How do I become a judge?
12. I don't want to judge; can I still volunteer?
13. How can I create an award or make a donation?

How do I get entry forms?
Please go to the registration page and follow the instructions. If you have any problems please contact registration@wssef.org back to top

Where can I get the latest WSSEF flyer?
Click here to download the PDF version of the flyer.              back to top

When can we set up our displays?

Grades 1 to 6 Individual  and Team Projects

Registration is Friday Noon to 3 p.m.  All projects in Grades 1 6 must be registered (checked in) by 3p.m. and have the project set-up by 3:30.  The display area will be closed between 3:30 4:15 p.m. for the judges to view projects without students.

Grades 7 to 12 Individual and Team Projects

Registration is Friday 7:30 9:30 p.m. All projects in Grades 7 - 12 must be registered (checked in) by 9:30 p.m. and have the project set-up by Saturday morning at 8:30. The display area will be closed on Saturday between 8:30 9:15 a.m. for the judges to view projects without students.

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When does judging start?

Grades 1 to 6 Individual  and Team Projects

Friday 4:30 p.m.

Grades 7 to 12 Individual and Team Projects

Saturday 9:30 a.m.

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When does judging end?
This is a hard question to answer. We try to be completed with judging by 9:00 p.m. Friday and 3:00 p.m. Saturday. However, our success is dependent on two factors. The first is the number of entries and the second is the number of judges. When every entry in a category has been judged, an announcement will be made releasing that category. Every attempt is made to judge and release the younger students first on Friday night.                       back to top

How many judges?
A team of judges will interview every student at least once. Teams of judges are made up of a minimum of two volunteers. The team goes through a training session prior to judging. Additionally, several other teams who are judging for special awards may also interview some of the students.         back to top

Do I have to stay by my project after I've talked to the judges?
Yes! It is very important to stay with your exhibit until your category or grade is released. Besides the WSSEF judges, there are a number of other judging teams that may judge you. The WSSEF judging team may also come back and ask additional questions.                     back to top

What are the WSSEF awards?
Please see the Awards page.                             
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When can I pick up my project?
Projects can be picked up between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Saturday. All projects must be left until then so awards can be placed on them. If projects are removed before awards are made, the student will NOT receive their awards. If for some reason you cannot be there to pick up your exhibit, the Fair asks you to make arrangements with a classmate or friend. Exhibits left behind after 6:00 p.m. will be considered abandoned and disposed of accordingly.               back to top

Why can't I have plants, animals, food, soil, or water as part of my science project exhibit?
These items and others are prohibited by the International Science and Engineering Fair rules, which we abide by. For specific prohibitions see the Exhibit Requirements on the Rules Page.               back to top

How do I become a judge?
Every year the WSSEF faces the challenge to get qualified judges. If you are interested in judging, please email or see the Judges page.                back to top

I don't want to judge; can I still volunteer?
Being entirely a volunteer organization, the WSSEF depends heavily on volunteers prior to and during the fair. Some of the volunteer opportunities available during the fair are check-in table, registration, building security, runner, and answer desk. If you are interested please email or see the Volunteers page. back to top

How can I create an award or make a donation?
Please email or see the Sponsors page.                      back to top

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