The parental role in the WCSEF:
- Give encouragement, support, and guidance.
- Make sure your child feels it is his or her project. Make sure the work is primarily the work of the child.
- The WCSEF strives to recruit and train a group of highly qualified, motivated, and compassionate judges. The judges dedicate themselves to judging impartially and uniformly. Your consideration of this is appreciated. At your request, judging procedures will be explained; however, judging of specific projects will not be explained. In all cases the decisions of the judges are final. View the judge’s scoring sheet.
- Please ensure that your child has a book, tablet, deck of cards, or some other quiet activity to help keep them busy while waiting for the judges.
- Realize the main goal of a science fair project is to help your child use and strengthen the skills he or she has learned and develop higher level skills. The main goal should not be the ribbon, prize, etc.
- The parents are responsible for the entrant’s transportation to and from the fair.
- Concessions, including lunch items, will be available for purchase on site.
- The full schedule can be viewed here.
- Parents and adult friends of the exhibitors are invited to view the exhibits during the open viewing times. See schedule for posted times. Where judging teams are interviewing an entrant at his or her exhibit, please respect their need for quiet and privacy. If it interferes with the judging, this privilege may be suspended at any time.
- Students will be released by grade when all the judging is complete for the grade. Your patience is appreciated.
- Please check the Frequently Asked Questions page where many of your questions may have already been answered.
- Do not worry or get upset if your child doesn’t win a prize at the science fair. The skills the child has gained are worth all the effort.
- Help your child begin to plan for next year.
Recognizing Your Student’s Achievement
Participation in the Whatcom County Science and Engineering Fair (WCSEF) is an accomplishment for which your student should be recognized and congratulated. A short news article in your local paper, radio or television, PTSA or school newsletter, church or scouting bulletin, or family letter celebrates the effort your student has made and inspires other families to pursue their interests.