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Oregon State Fair - Science competition

Who: Middle school grade students (6th, 7th or 8th grade level - currently enrolled)
What: Science & Technology Competition
When: Monday 08/31/09
Where:  Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem, Oregon
Why: To foster Science & Technology education and innovation

The 2009 competition will comprise of middle school students currently enrolled in the 6th, 7th, or 8th grade. The middle school grade competition will be a derivative of the current competition guidelines developed by Intel Northwest Science Expo (NWSE). The guidelines set forth by Intel NWSE were selected due to the familiarity and program awareness by Oregon Science Teachers.

There are several changes for the 2009 science competition. In 2008, the competition was open to 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. In 2009, the science competition will be open to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. The categories have also been expanded to cover more competitive categories. In addition, the science competition will be entirely open-class. There is no longer a requirement to roll-up from a county fair.

More information (guidelines and forms) can be obtain online at

Intel NWSE 2009 Awards

Thank you sponsors, teachers, parents, judges, volunteers, staff and students for a great science fair. 

Click on the title of this blog to reach the attached results.

Physical addresses & volunteer registration

Peter Stott Center is located at 930 SW Hall, Portland 97201. All Middle School events are there.

Smith Memorial Student Union is located at 1825 SW Broadway, Portland 97201. High School exhibits are on the 3rd floor.  The high school award ceremony is in Hoffman Hall at 1833 SW 11th.

All three locations are on the Portland State University Campus Map.

Non-Judging Volunteer registration is open again, if you select a job, consider yourself assigned and check in at the Stott Center lobby. If you are doing a 7AM job at Smith report to the third floor there for check in.  Please do not select overlapping job assignments.

If you are a judge looking for project abstracts please sign in at Click on the judge main menu and then the abstract button.

Record number of judges

Due to the Oregonian article we have more judges then ever before. All category judging spots have been filled. If you are a member of a local organization, sponsoring a special award, please register by noon on Monday otherwise we can not guarantee you a lunch.

We do still need other volunteers for various jobs.

Thank you!

Intel NWSE updates and needs

We need more people to judge our 300 middle school projects. Middle school judges do not need a degree, but they need a good understanding of the category they volunteer to judge.  Follow the frog at the upper right corner of the page to sign up.

Adult sponsors and students: an SRC report was just sent to all Intel NWSE adult sponsors listing project status. Corrections to middle school projects are due March 20th.  Corrections to high school projects are due March 25th. 

Also we need more volunteers to perform safety checks on the project displays. This is a really fun volunteer job. There is a training video posted in Volunteer Info under the Intel NWSE tab at the top of the page.  Watch the video then follow the frog to online registration.

March 4th is the last day to register online and mail forms

Today is the last day to add or delete a project online. You will still be able to edit project summaries and abstracts and correct spellings or change categories.

For Middle School Projects: Registration MUST be completed both online and on paper. Paper copies of the signed forms and procedures/research plan as well as a check for registration fees needs to be postmarked today March 4th.

PCC Science Expo deadline and delivery directions

The PCCSE deadline for receipt of copies of all ISEF forms and the research plan is this Thursday 2/19 at noon.  If you need to hand deliver the forms they can be brought to Portland State University Science Building 2 room U18. Street address is 1719 SW 10th Ave, Portland 97201.  The registration fee is $10 per project with checks made out to PCC. 
If you can't make it to the office today, you may fax paperwork to 503 725-8299.

Forms include: School registration form, AFOR exhibit form, Forms 1, 1A, 1B, research plan, and any numbered forms required when a project involves humans, animals, potentially hazardous biological agents, research institutions or continuations. Keep your originals! Send copies.

Regional and Intel NWSE deadlines

Each regional fair has its own deadline and fees; your project paperwork needs to be
received by the deadline.

  • Aardvark Science Expo: March 3
  • Beaverton Hillsboro Science Expo: February 6
  • Central Western Oregon Science Expo: February 4
  • CREST: February 25
  • Portland Community College Science Expo: mail by February 17
  • Portland Public Schools Science Expo: February 14
  • Southwestern Oregon Regional Science Expo: February 20

For questions about deadlines, please contact your regional fair director.

Intel Northwest Science Expo - these deadlines are for middle schools who are only
attending Intel NWSE

  • Projects confirmed online and postmarked by February 11th are $5.
  • Projects submitted and postmarked between February 12th and February 18th are $10.
  • Projects submitted and postmarked between February 19th and February 25th is $15.
  • After the 25th the registration fee is $20 per project.

The final deadline is March 4th. No projects will be accepted after that date.

Online Registration vs. Forum Login

With our new website, we have some new features. The forum login allows you to post comments or questions on this website as part of a public forum.  This is seperate from registering for one of the NWSES fairs.

Online registration for fairs is reached by hovering over the green Registration at the top of the page and selecting the appropriate type.  You will be taken to the AFOR registration page where your email address is your login. The direct link is

The Forum login is not an automated system, we personally approve each new account so please be patient.

The 2009 Intel NWSE

The 26th Annual Intel NWSE will be Friday, April 3, 2009, at Portland State University. Online registration is open for judges, adult sponsors and students. All high school projects need to follow the Intel ISEF rules and print the ISEF forms. Middle school students should follow the MS Super EZ Rules.

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