Posted by: arbeam | January 24, 2015

Navy League Member Support needed for the Washington State Science Fair

Navy League Urgently Needs Your Help with the WA State Science Fair

Navy Leaguers,

Again this year, in alignment with the national Navy League objective of supporting initiatives in Science, Engineering, Technology, and Math (STEM), your local Bremerton/Olympic League Council is sponsoring multiple awards at all grade levels at the WSSEF. We are also assembling an esteemed judging team to help with general judging and to identify the Navy League award recipients.

Members of the Bremerton/Olympic Peninsula Council of the Navy League of the United States who volunteered as judges for the 2014 Washington State Science and Engineering Fair gather group photo. Back left to right: Warren Giss (guest), Bob Satterthwaite, Helen Miller, Dave Ellingson, Lauren Lomax, Carolyn Dankers, Bob Lamb, and Lewis. Front to right: Kevin Torcolini and Louis Mejia.

Members of the Bremerton/Olympic Peninsula Council of the Navy League of the United States who volunteered as judges for the 2014 Washington State Science and Engineering Fair gather group photo. Back left to right: Warren Giss (guest), Bob Satterthwaite, Helen Miller, Dave Ellingson, Lauren Lomax, Carolyn Dankers, Bob Lamb, and Lewis. Front to right: Kevin Torcolini and Louis Mejia.

Quick Facts about the fair (go to www.wssef.org for more details):

  • March 27-28, 2015
  • Bremerton High School
  • Estimated 600 student entries and 100 teacher in attendance from across the state
  • Two Awards Ceremonies hosted by Bremerton Mayor, Patty Lent
  • Concurrent science film festival
  • Feeds science fairs at the national and international levels

  First, we are looking for volunteer judges. The fair is expecting about 600 student entries this year. Past experience has shown that if we’re going to give our own awards, we would need judges in each of the four grade categories, plus two just to concentrate on collecting input for our awards.

Being a judge is rewarding, it instills new hope in the future of science. One of our judges from 2014 recalled, “The experience exceeded all my expectations. I was amazed by the evident raw talent and the brilliant young minds, some as young as eight years of age whom we were privileged to interview, half a dozen of these students with whom we interfaced will undoubtedly be the Wernher Von Braun’s or Stephen Hawking of tomorrow. Thank you; America’s future somehow appears brighter after spending two days with some of the brightest and the best.”

Not to mention the complimentary food and drinks provided the judges both days….

Or the free Navy League polo shirt you get to wear to the fair and with pride for years afterwards….

If you’re available and interested in being a judge for both days of the fair, as well as attending at least one prior training session*, you too can make a positive contribution! There are 17 different science areas from which you can choose, as well as specific grade brackets. Contact Kevin Torcolini at (360) 981-7637 (ktorcolini@wavecable.com) for information about how to become part of the Navy League judging team and then register with the fair (http://wp.wssef.org/judge-volunteer/).

Second, we are also seeking your financial support. Your local Navy League Board has committed a large chunk of scholarship funds to the fair awards, but it will not be enough to cover all the costs of the sponsorship at a level necessary to fully leverage the visibility and branding this venue will offer us. The fair offers an unprecedented opportunity for outreach to youth and educators across the state, especially for our Sea Cadet program. Community leaders like to “be seen” at this event, and substantial media coverage is anticipated. Hard-to-impress Board Member Tom Danaher had only one word to describe this fair–“Big!”

Please consider a special contribution to the Navy League to cover the costs of the sponsorship. There will be a fish bowl at the 10 February and 10 March luncheons if you can provide financial support to our STEM initiative. Or contact Kevin Torcolini at (360) 981-7637 (ktorcolini@wavecable.com) if you can’t make the luncheon or want to make a more substantial contribution by check and receive a receipt for tax records. Contributions can also be mailed to: Bremerton Navy League PO Box 5719, Bremerton, WA 98312.

In 2014, “being there” approach to supporting the WSSEF was greatly appreciated by the fair staff and recognized as a positive discriminator. Caroline Stein, WSSEF Sponsorship Coordinator, said after the fair: “Having individuals from our sponsoring organizations actually attend and participate in the fair, especially as judges, significantly enhances the experience for our students. They are all so excited about their projects and are thrilled to have an attentive adult to listen to them explain their work. Navy League judges all attending in Navy League shirts was a nice touch that helped the students understand to whom they were talking and demonstrated a sincere interest in supporting the fair.”

If you’re still unsure if this is important enough to get involved, listen to what a parent had to say about her child’s experience. “He worked so hard on his school Science Project and his participation in the Fair was a bit of a whim. We had no idea what he was getting into. But, we had a sense that one who works hard on something should share their results; and in so doing he was rewarded-rewarded mostly by having people who care and really listen to what he did, inquire more deeply and ask probing questions. The judges, the fair-goers and the other scientists!!! Thank you so much for such a positive experience.”

Thanks in advance for your consideration,

Your Board of Directors

* Exact dates and times of advance training TBD; back-up sessions held the day of the Fair.

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