The 2016 South Sound Regional Science and Engineering Fair is Saturday, March 19. Registration opens Monday, January 11, 2016 and must be submitted by 5:00PM Wednesday, March 9, 2016 for grades 9-12 and by 5:00PM Friday, March 11, 2016 for grades K-8.

Who can participate?

All K-12 students from public, private, and home schools in Pierce, Thurston, Lewis, and Mason Counties are invited to participate. There is no registration fee. Registration opens Monday, January 11, 2016. Grades 9-12 students must register by 5:00PM Wednesday, March 9, 2016 and grades K-8 students must register by 5:00PM Friday, March 11, 2016. Registrations will not be accepted after this date without contacting the Fair Director.

Where is the fair?

The fair is hosted by Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma. Project presentation and judging takes place in Olson Auditorium; awards ceremonies are held in Memorial Gymnasium.

A Brief History of the Fair

The South Sound Regional Science Fair began in 1998. Twelve teachers from Pierce and Thurston counties approached Pacific Lutheran University and requested that PLU host a regional science fair. Since the South Sound Regional Science Fair (SSRSF) began, it has grown in the number of participants. In 2015 there were 498 Kindergarten through 12th grade students from 74 schools in Pierce, Thurston, Lewis, and Mason counties.

Directions to Olson Auditorium:

  • From Highway 512, take the Pacific Ave. (Parkland-Spanaway) exit
  • Go south on Pacific Avenue
  • Turn right onto Garfield Street
  • Turn left onto Park Avenue
  • Turn right onto 125th Street South
  • Proceed until 125th T’s with Yakima.
  • Turn right onto Yakima. Follow the road as it turns to the left
  • Olson Auditorium will be on your right
  • Parking is available in the rear
  • Campus Map

Who sponsors the fair?

The Intel Foundation provides a generous grant of $25,000 to Pacific Lutheran University to cover the costs of planning and staging the South Sound Regional Science Fair. The grant also includes funding for travel for the Intel ISEF finalists. Other companies and organizations provide specialty awards and in-kind support for the regional fair.

Who are the judges?

Educators, scientists, community members, military personnel, and other professionals serve as volunteer judges for the regional science fair. They select the outstanding projects in each grade level or scientific category and provide feedback to all students about the quality of their research and presentation.