About Us

The Eastern Washington Regional Science & Engineering Fair (EWRSEF) is an annual science and engineering competition for 6th-12th grade students in Spokane, Whitman, Lincoln, Stevens, Ferry, and Pend Oreille Counties. The EWRSEF encourages and rewards innovative student research and provides professional scientists and engineers the chance to interact with some of the best and brightest young students.

  • Support effective STEM education to ensure future economic vitality and quality of life in the state, region, and nation.
  • Provide a continuous supply of highly trained technologists to meet the workforce demands of Washington State’s STEM driven economy.
  • Provide and maintain resources to help K-12 schools in Eastern Washington Counties build the capacity needed to increase competency in STEM education.
  • Encourage business leaders, scientific institutions, and K-12 educational institutions to support and encourage the study of STEM fields.

Participation in science fairs stimulates students’ interest in science and technology while simultaneously promoting the development of communication, decision making, evaluation of alternative solutions, and critical thinking.

The EWRSEF is an affiliate of the Washington State Science & Engineering Fair (WSSEF) and the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).

Eastern Washington Regional Science and Engineering Fair (EWRSEF) is incorporated with the Secretary of State of Washington as a WA Non-Profit Corporation,  UBI Number 604-176-688, and is registered with the Internal Revenue Service with Employer Identification Number (EIN) 82-3018413.

Some facts about the EWRSEF:

  • Participants must reside in an Eastern Washington County – Spokane, Whitman, Lincoln, Stevens, Ferry, Pend Oreille.
  • All projects must have an adult sponsor – this can be your teacher, a scientist, or another adult with a science background.
  • Eligible students must be in grades 6-12.
  • All participants can advance to the Washington State Science and Engineering Fair .
  • Select winners in grades 9-12 will be eligible to attend the International Science and Engineering Fair!
  • Select winners in grades 6-8 will be eligible to attend Broadcom MASTERS.
  • Students need to keep and display a chronological research journal.
  • Students can work individually or with a two to three person team.
  • All projects must be displayed on a poster board.
  • Participants will explain their project to judges then answer questions.
  • Lunch is not provided.  There will be places to buy lunch on campus.

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to common questions about registration, forms, mentors, scientific review, project display, event information, judging, and disqualification can be found here.

Important dates and day of schedule

Important deadlines for registration, project review, etc can be found here; in addition, you can also find the tentative fair schedule for the culminating event.


Some awards are listed on the Awards page. Descriptions of all awards will be given out on fair day.


Award winners and news from previous years.