Discovery (formerly South Sound)

Regional Science and Engineering Fair

Registration for 2023 is open
Discovery Fair will be permanently Virtual. See details below.
Registration for Regeneron Science Talent Search is open. Details below.

Discovery Fair will be Permanently Virtual. We know that some value the excitement of an in person fair. There are compelling reasons to move to a virtual format. Here are a few:

  • Equity. Considering the 8 counties we now cover, it is likely that some potential participants would not be able to travel to an in person event.
  • Time demands. Many potential participants face competing time demands including family events, school and community programs. We offer alternate days for interviews for 8-12 students when conflicts arise.
  • Judges. We are able to recruit more knowledgeable judges when they do not have to attend an in person event.
  • Quality of Judging. Our judges do a more thorough job of evaluating projects when they can review the slides in the week prior to interviews.
  • Cost. Few companies are willing to donate to science fairs now. They prioritize their philanthropy for the many needs in our society.

Slides. We will continue to expect projects in the form of slides, not trifold boards.
Interviews: We will continue to interview 8-12 students remotely. K-5 will be evaluated based on submitted slides.

International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)

The delegation from the state of Washington earned more awards per participant than any state in the US. We had an average of 1.3 awards per participant.

Congratulations to Discovery ISEF Nominees:
Aiden Bai was awarded 3rd place in the category Systems Software for $1000
Kevin Shen was awarded 4th place in the category Engineering Technology for $500.
In addition, Kevin won first place in the Air Force Research Laboratory Specialty Awards for the category Engineering Technology $750
Kevin also won the first place Specialty Award offered by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics for $2000.

Broadcom and AJAS Results from 2021. This will be updated for 2022 when results are available.

Broadcom Masters: South Sound participants Kevin Shen and Zain Shariff were selected to the Broadcom Masters 300 finalists out of over 1800 students nationwide. Kevin was nominated by South Sound. Zain was nominated by the Washington State Science and Engineering Fair.

AJAS: Kevin Shen and Nidhi Krishna Kumar were nominated by South Sound and accepted to membership in the American Junior Academy of Science (AJAS). They join Smriti Somasundaram who was accepted last year. The academy honors high school fair participants who are doing outstanding research.

Regeneron Science Talent Search

For those interested:

Registration is now open and closes in November. At this time, Discovery Fair does not work with students who wish to enter the Science Talent Search. However, note that the rewards are significant. If you have questions, please contact us. All 40 finalists receive cash awards ranging from $25,000 to $250,000.

Top 10 including project descriptions:
All finalists including project descriptions.

Discovery congratulates:
Christine Ye, student at Eastlake High School in the Lake Washington School District for first place in the 2022 Regeneron Science Talent Search. Christine’s award is $250,000.
Neil Chowdhury of Bellevue WA for his 5th place finish worth $90,000.

Discovery is Growing


We are increasing numbers and types of awards.

  • 2021 – Over 50 specialty awards.
  • 2022 – Well over 60, with additional cash awards.
  • Increased place awards (1st, 2nd, 3rd and Honorable Mention)
  • International fair nominations for 9-12
  • Broadcom Masters nominations for 6-8
  • American Junior Academy of Sciences Nominations for High School

We are pleased by the progress and are sharing the current list here. However, we are still looking to build this list. If you can donate a specialty award, please do so. All awards will include a certificate which we or the sponsor provide. Awards can carry appropriate names and award criteria. They may be anonymous or attributed to the person, family or organization. If you would like to discuss possibilities, contact us at Our mailing address is on the Contacts page. Please look at the list:  2022 Awards

  • Historically we included Pierce, Lewis, Mason and Thurston Counties
  • We welcome Grays Harbor, Kitsap, Jefferson and Clallam Counties.
  • We welcome homeschool, public school, private school, charter school and on-line school participants.


The South Sound STEM Fair Alliance, in partnership with Pacific Lutheran University, continues to sponsor the fair.

About Us

  • Our Mission is to encourage students in Science, Technology, Engineering and
    Mathematics (STEM).
  • We encourage participants to work on their projects with adults, including family
    members, teachers and mentors. We ask that students identify the contributions made
    by adults. Historically some STEM fairs downgraded projects for suspected adult
    involvement. Discovery does not.
  • We are a Washington State non-profit corporation with IRS tax exempt status.
  • We are an all-volunteer organization.
  • We need volunteers to assist with tasks. We conduct our fair management meetings by
  • South Sound  STEM Fair Alliance, in compliance with US Law does not discriminate in the
    administration of the Discovery Regional Science and Engineering Fair (DRSEF) or any
    other activities on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation or preference, national
    or ethnic origin, color, disability, marital status, age, or religious belief.

More Changes

  • Pandemic uncertainties again are affecting our fair format.
  • 2022 will again be a virtual fair.
  • All regional fairs and the state fair in Washington State are virtual for 2022
  • The International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) is currently a hybrid in person and virtual fair for 2022. This could change to all virtual depending on conditions. Most Washington state fairs including Discovery (formerly South Sound), will send student(s) to the fair virtually.
  • We have been South Sound Regional Science and Engineering Fair for about 22 years.
  • Recognizing our wider geography, we are now officially Discovery Regional Science and Engineering Fair
  • We will gradually retire the name South Sound as communities become familiar with our new name.
Slides, Not Trifolds
  • For 2022 we are requiring a maximum of 12 8.5 x 11 slides. (With some possible extras for 9-12)
  • Easier to submit projects
  • No trifold boards
  • Slides submitted in PDF format
  • Details are on Registration Pages of this website.
Submitting Projects

We are planning to ask participants to upload their forms and projects to our Cloud drive using a link we will provide after registration.

Registration fee
  • We remain an all-volunteer non-profit organization
  • Fund raising has been challenging during the pandemic
  • Most regional fairs around the nation have a fee
  • Our largest expense is affiliation with the International Fair (ISEF)
  • We receive significant benefits in specialty awards from ISEF, not otherwise available
    • Several are for grades 9-12
    • A few are for 6-8
    • None are for K-5
    • Our fee structure for 2022 reflects this allocation.
    • Fees are per participant, not per project.
      • Grades K-5 will remain free to enter.
      • The fee for Grades 6-8 will be $10.
      • The fee for Grades 9-12 will be $30.
      • We will email all registrants with payment options.
      • Scholarship option:
        • Fee will not be a deterrent to fair participation
        • Please contact the fair director if you need financial assistance with the registration fee: