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2020 NWSE high school project list

As I did not print a program, here is the list of projects who were entered in the 2020 Northwest Science Expo for High School.

A comment about judging, comment sheets and the level of competition

Having this digital method of submitting projects means that students didn't get to see their competition. Due to intellectual property concerns, I will not be posting any of the applications. Category size ranged from 6-20 projects. In some categories there were up to 4 projects who had already been selected for ISEF from their regional fair. There were also many projects from GBSE and PPSSE who hadn't had any judging experience yet. As a result of this any participant who made the effort was advanced to NWSE. 168 projects were completed for competition. Each project was scored and ranked by 5-6 judges who were required to review all projects in their assigned category. After this ranking, virtual meetings were held where the judges discussed the combined ranking and decided who received the category awards. Each was led by a head judge with no connections to the participants being reviewed. All judges were also required to reveal any conflicts of interest. Decisions were made and forwarded to me. 

2020 Northwest Science Expo High School awards

Congratulations to all the students who worked so hard on a project, and then had to adapt to a new way of presenting it. Here is our 2020 Northwest Science Expo Awards Powerpoint

Thank You Judges!

Thank you to all the judges and especially the head judges for arranging virtual meetings for their teams. Students nominated for Best of Fair or ISEF are being emailed about next steps. All decisions should be in by 5pm today. 

Good luck to all!

All high school award winners will be posted on Friday. I may do a screen cast.

High School submission deadline April 3 end of day

As I have had several students asking. You do have until midnight on April 3rd, however this means my team will not have a chance to check your links before judges see them.

Regeneron ISEF announces cancellation

The Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair announced today that it is having to cancel the event. We will still hold NWSE and select finalists even though all they will receive is dinner and a T-shirt. It is a very nice T-shirt and comes with bragging rights. We also have several monetary awards including $50 for each first place winning project, scholarships from the University of Oregon and Oregon State University and one of our high school Best of Fair winners will receive $1000. So we hope you will complete your online application by April 3rd.

For middle school we still need online judges, please follow the registration links.

FAQ's from students and judges

I have started receiving questions from students, teachers and judges. I will post questions and answers here.

Student questions: High School students must have online application finished by April 3.

0. Can I change my category or title?

NOT ANYMORE. Judges have received their lists with your current title and exhibit number.

1. Where do I submit my written report?

The written report will use the Abstract field. It replaces your abstract. If you are making a video instead, you can leave a normal 250 word abstract in that place. Yes, you can edit that abstract. 

2. How do I know my link works?

The best way to test a link is to email it to a friend or family member outside of your email network. If they can't open it, you need to change your permissions to allow anyone with the link to open it. I will also have a team working to check links and you/teacher will receive an email if your link doesn't work.

3. I don't have a Google folder, what do I do?

2020 Judge Directions

Dear NWSE Judges, 

Here is the judging plan. You are asked to do a couple things in preparation for our first virtual fair.

NWSE High School Virtual Fair Directions

Thank you for your patience as we reworked the Northwest Science Expo into a virtual fair. For High School students here are the directions for what is needed to compete at NWSE this year. By Tuesday March 17th the updates to your abstract page will be available for sharing the required information. The deadline for turning in these items is April 3rd.

Middle School NWSE update

Hello Middle School Adult Sponsors,
Because of the closure of all Oregon schools, I am going to need to focus exclusively on high school for the next several weeks. As a result I am changing the timing of when digital items are needed to May 1st, this hopefully will allow time for schools to be back in session and able to support students in the process.

I will have a middle school specific document available by the end of next week and will share that both through email and on nwse.org, students will be able to access it there and get a head start as boredom sets in.

Even if we are all clear by May, the fair will not have a physical location. I will also be moving all middle school projects to the NWSE MS listing as soon as I can. This will let me recruit judges for a new timeline.

Thank you for your patience.

Stephanie Jones
NWSE director of chaos

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