About Intel NWSE

2013 Middle School Best of Fair winner Cole Fuller from Bend Science Station.

The Intel Northwest Science Expo is the state-level science research competition for Oregon.  It is affiliated with the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and the Broadcom MASTERS.

The Intel NWSE has been held for 5th through 12th grade students since 1984. The competition has grown from about 100 high school students in 1984 to 809 middle and high school students in 2015. Students compete in categories encompassing all the scientific disciplines, engineering, computer science and mathematics.

At the high school level, six projects are selected from Intel NWSE participants to compete at Intel ISEF, held each year in May. These expenses-paid trips are the highest awards given. In addition, one life science best of fair award and one physical science best of fair award is selected, awards are given for the best projects in each of the fifteen categories, scholarships from public and private Oregon universities are given, and dozens of organizations sponsor special awards.

Intel NWSE 2015 Statistics

High School Students 237
Middle School Students 572
Total Students 809
High School Projects 179
Middle School Projects 435
Total Projects 614
New Adult Sponsors 39
Total Adult Sponsors 120
New Participating Schools 11
Total Participating Schools 80
Special Award Sponsors 49
Total Awards Given 437

Total Judges


The highest middle school award is best of fair, and two projects are chosen each year. The top 10% of 6-8th grade students receive nominations to the Broadcom MASTERS. Of those that apply 30 are selected to compete in the National Competition in DC. Awards are given in each of the 15 middle school categories and many organizations sponsor middle school special awards.

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