The Northwest Science Expo System

2019 Team Oregon

2019 Team Oregon

Team Oregon consists of the high school students selected as the top projects at regional and state fairs.

NWSES encompasses seven regional fairs and the Northwest Science Expo, which are affiliated with the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair.  Eligible participants are 5th-12th grade students in Oregon.

Virtual Requirements

For the 2021 Northwest Science Expo the fair will be fully virtual. Both high school and middle school students are being asked to create a Video presentation and digital poster. The research plan and other project forms are also required to be uploaded. These items are shared using a Google folder. 

The Regional Fairs are also requiring ISEF forms and Research plans be uploaded instead of mailed. Regional fairs may be either virtual or in person fairs depending on the situation in Spring 2021. 

We are currently updating the requirements for Virtual Fairs and will post the full information as it becomes available.

Arizona State University - The Sustainability Solutions Science Fair

Announcing the ASU Sustainability Solutions Science Faira virtual awards platform and symposium to advance student projects from grades 6-12.

Now more than ever. creativity and innovation for sustainability is necessary to create a stronger future. The Sustainability Solutions Science Fair invites students from grades 6-12 (including 2020 graduates) to submit their science and engineering projects for an opportunity to win from two prize categories, each with 12 prizes with cash awards ranging in value from $500-$2,500. The submission deadline is August 16th.

2020 Northwest Science Expo Middle School awards

We are please to announce the winners of the 2020 Virtual Middle School Fair.  Congratulations to all participants. Here is our Award PowerPoint. Teachers will be receiving judge comments on Monday.

Middle School Project List with requests for Parents

Hello Middle school students and parents, Please use this Google Spreadsheet to check the status of your online submission. I have started contacting adult sponsors for Best of Fair interview requests. Also I need mailing addesses for all winners to send them their prizes. Actual prizes will be revealed Friday May 29 by 5pm.

Last minute help for online submissions

If you are a parent or middle school student having trouble with the virtual format, complete a written summary and email that and a high resolution picture of your poster to me at with your exhibit number. I will create a link for the poster and add it to your online project. This must be done by 6pm this evening.

Northwest Science Expo Updates

For 2020 the Northwest Science Expo will be a virtual fair. As such the current timelines are as follow:

Qualified High School students have until April 3 to submit electronic applications.

High school judges will review & rank projects online April 4-6, and will meet with their judge groups through phone, email or Zoom at a time determined by each group on April 7.

April 8 students will be contacted who have been nominated for Best of Fair or ISEF.

April 10 Zoom morning interviews between finalist judges and students. 

Middle School will submit electronic applications by May 20 UPDATE

Online review by judges May 21-28. Best of Fair judging May 29. UPDATE

Spellman HV Clean Tech Competition is looking for any 15-18 year old

The Spellman HV Clean Tech Competition is looking for any 15-18 year old with a solution to slow our resource drain, and as we are all virtual until our August Finals, we are still moving ahead!! If you are or know a student looking to address this international issue with innovative engineering and a revolutionary design, this is the Competition for you! In 2020, the Competition is challenging you to help us Reduce Individual Impacts, whether they be in areas with Abundant Resources, or Limited Resources. Contestants research a specific solution to this problem, register for free online in teams of 1-3, and then submit a 5-15 page paper to be judged by an international team of engineers, university instructors and industry professionals! Registration ends on May 8 and papers are due by May 13, so do not delay!

2020 NWSE Press Release

For immediate release

Oregon’s Virtual Science Fair

On April 10, 2020, close to 500 fifth through twelfth grade students from around the state were supposed to gather at Portland State University for the 37th Annual Northwest Science Expo. However, like many event organizers, we realized as schools were shut down in March that we needed to find a new way. A week of frantic emails resulted in adapting our online registration system to accept videos, posters, and much longer project summaries. We also decided to start with high school, and delay middle school to a later date. We didn’t know how much assistance students would receive from teachers, since school was not scheduled to start until days before our new deadline. In fact, on April 1st only 15 high school students had completed the new requirements. Our grand experiment seemed destined to fail.

A Whole Bunch of AP (Advanced Procrastinator) Students

Exciting Scholarship news from Lewis and Clark College

Lewis & Clark College will acknowledge outstanding performances at the Northwest Science Expo with scholarship offers to first place category winners at the high school level. The first place winners in each category at the fair will be offered at minimum a Faculty Scholarship, which is valued at $25,500 for the 2020-2021 academic year, and is renewable each year based on continued academic excellence.  In order to be awarded the scholarship, students must be accepted through our regular admissions process and enroll at the college immediately following high school graduation.  Students may qualify for a larger academic merit based scholarship upon admission to the college; if that is the case, the larger scholarship will replace the Faculty Scholarship.  


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