The 2020 South Sound Regional Science and Engineering Fair is Saturday, March 21. Registration begins Monday, January 13, 2020 and closes Wednesday, March 11, 2020 for grades 9-12 and Friday, March 13 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 13, 2020. Grades 9-12 students must register by 5:00PM Wednesday, March 11, 2020 and grades K-8 students must register by 5:00PM Friday, March 13, 2020. 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.

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

A Brief History of the Fair

The South Sound Regional & Science & Engineering Fair (SSRSEF) 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 SSRSF began, over 6,000 young scientists and engineers have participated and displayed their research to the local community and over 70 students have represented the SSRSEF at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair. Many of our participants have pursued college degrees and careers in the scientific and engineering fields.

Who sponsors the fair?

Donations, grants, and in-kind support covers the costs of planning and staging the South Sound Regional Science & Engineering Fair. There is no fee for our students to participate and the students selected to represent our fair at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair attend at no expense to them. Local, regional, and  national organizations and agencies provide awards for our participants.

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.