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 Peninsula Navy 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.
Quick Facts about the fair (go to www.wssef.org for more details):
- Washington State Science and Engineering Fair Mar 23 – 24, 2018.
- Bremerton High School
- Estimated over 1000 student entries and 100 teachers in attendance from across the state
- Two Awards Ceremonies hosted by Bremerton Mayor, Greg Wheeler
- Concurrent science film festival
- Feeds science fairs at the national and international levels
First, we are looking for volunteer judges. The fair is expecting over 1000 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 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 Tom Danaher at (360) 271 4852 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
Please consider a special contribution to the Navy League to cover the costs of the sponsorship. Contributions can be mailed to: Bremerton Navy League PO Box 5719, Bremerton, WA 98312.