Welcome! Science Fair – why do it? Many of you who are reading this have already participated in our fair year after year. And for that, thank you. For those of you haven’t yet participated, we are here to help.

Why Should My Students Participate?

Students should participate in science and engineering fairs because it encourages creativity and ingenuity and promotes an inquiry-based approach to learning. Students develop a question, conduct research, analyze data, and share findings. It is an effective way to engage students in applying their knowledge of the scientific method, while further developing skills in areas of literacy, mathematics, and communications. It also promotes positive attitudes towards science and demonstrates to students the relevance of science and research. And if you are still not convinced… it’s also a lot of fun!

What is the Teacher role?

The Teacher’s main role is to sign up as a Teacher for their institution on STEMWizard. This is required before the student researcher can register!

Students can also have their parents be Teacher Representatives! This is an option if the student researcher is homeschooled, or the school does not provide support for the science fair. If you are not a teacher, please list your student’s school as the “school affiliation”. Parents of Homeschool students can choose “Homeschool” as the “school affiliation”.

Some Teachers or Teacher Representatives serve as the “Adult Sponsor.” If you are also the Adult Sponsor: check out the “Adult Sponsor” page for more information.


All high school students attending private, public, charter, parochial, or home schools in King or Snohomish County are eligible to participate in the fair. A maximum of 50 projects will be accepted from each school. Students must first compete in CSRSEF in order to be eligible for the Washington State Science & Engineering Fair.

If you are interested in bringing more than 5 projects to CSRSEF, it is in your best interest to contact the CSRSEF Assistant Fair Director (info@centralsoundfair.org). They will put you on a distribution list that will have useful training and announcements for educators who are supporting multiple students.

Rules and Guidelines

The CSRSEF rules and guidelines are the same as the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair’s (ISEF) standards. Check out the ISEF Rules & Guidelines to learn more.

Science projects should be hypothesis-based and follow the scientific method. Engineering projects should have engineering goals and produce a product.

Many class assignments, senior projects, summer research projects, and displays created for other science competitions can be entered into the fair with minimal changes.

Registration Deadlines

Projects involving human participants, vertebrate animals, potentially hazardous biological agents (ANY microorganisms or viruses), or hazardous chemicals, activities or devices need to be registered online and have submitted paperwork by Jan  15th, 2021.

All other projects need to be submitted by Feb 15th, 2021.

STEM Wizard Registration Process

Our web-based software STEM Wizard allows teachers better access to student work and students will be able to look at the progress of their paperwork in almost real time. Students interested in participating at the state level will have their paperwork automatically sent to the state fair AFTER fair day. Please feel free to reach out and let us know what is working and what you are having trouble with.

Here is a screenshot of what you’ll see when you click the STEM Wizard Registration link. The red circle will show you a drop down menu and yours, of course, is Teacher. Please note: teachers must register first before letting students register (students will select their school and teacher based on the teacher’s profile).

Complete the information.  If you are not a teacher, please list your student’s school as the “school affiliation”.  Parents of Homeschool students can choose “Homeschool” as the “school affiliation”. If your school is missing, contact Fair staff.

One of the cool things about this system is that when students register, students can add their cell phone number and get text alerts for when there’s something updated on their project.

Note: students also will need to know if they are doing their project as a team and the intended category they want to enter (though the category can be changed later with an email to us); you will also need to keep track of your login and password. The registration wizard will prompt students if they need additional forms.

To register as a teacher, please visit STEM Wizard homepage and click Register in the upper right hand corner, or access it by click the Teacher Registration link near the top of this page.

Resources and Event Information

The complete fair schedule [TBA] and answers to frequently asked questions can be found on the What to Expect and FAQ pages. We encourage you to read through this material.