Discovery (formerly South Sound)

Regional Science and Engineering Fair

All award packages are mailed. If you find any errors or have questions contact us at: scifairdir@plu.edu

Executive Committee Reorganization

We would like to announce a few changes that will take place at the beginning of our new fiscal year on July 1st, 2022.

Don Pruett has retired from the positions of Discovery Fair Director and Board Chair. Don is one of the founders of both the non-profit South Sound STEM Fair Alliance (2020) and before that of the South Sound Regional Science and Engineering Fair (SSRSEF). He has over 25 years of experience with STEM fairs at the regional and school district level and will be dearly missed.

Marisa Peloquin has been elected as Board Chair. Marisa has three years of experience as Vice Chair and several years as a judge at SSRSEF. She is a retired U.S. Army colonel and currently serves as an elected Director, University Place School District.

Gary Wick has been elected Fair Director, previously serving as Treasurer. Gary has 14 years of experience in many roles with SSRSEF and Discovery Fairs (DRSEF). His work experience includes Research and Development at Weyerhaeuser, Program Manager for ELDEC (Aerospace Electronics), and Information Systems for the food processing company Continental Mills in Tukwila.

Ron Morris, MD, remains the Board Secretary. Ron has served on the executive committee for SSRSEF and Discovery and has a background as a family medicine physician with forty years of clinical medical experience. This includes ten years of experience in hospital and clinic management, development of medical provider organizations, and medical quality improvement.

Congratulations

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. Registration for the 2023 STS will open on June 1 and Close in November. Follow these links for details on this year’s winners and on STS.

Top 10 including project descriptions: https://www.societyforscience.org/regeneron-sts/2022-sts-winners/

All finalists including project descriptions.

Brief Info: https://www.societyforscience.org/regeneron-sts/application-requirements/

We will post more later.

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. https://www.societyforscience.org/broadcom-masters/2021-top-300-masters/

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. https://washacad.org/2022-ajas-awardees/

Discovery is Growing

Awards:

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 scifairdir@plu.edu. Our mailing address is on the Contacts page. Please look at the list:  2022 Awards

Geography:
  • 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.

Partnership

The South Sound STEM Fair Alliance, in partnership with Pacific Lutheran University, continues to sponsor the fair. We look forward to the possibility of returning to some form of in person fair at PLU.

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
    Zoom.
  • 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

Virtual
  • 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. https://www.societyforscience.org/isef/
Name
  • 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: scifairdir@plu.edu