The 4th Annual Whatcom County Science and Engineering Fair was held on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at St. Paul’s Academy’s Markell Hall, 1509 East Victor Street, Bellingham, Washington from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There were 55 students from grades 1-11 who submitted projects for the fair, representing more than eight different schools, including public, independent and home school students.

St. Paul’s Academy organized this regional fair with sponsor support from E-Resources, The Spark Museum, and The Foundry, providing Whatcom County students an opportunity to participate in a local juried event.

Students could enter projects to the fair within the Intel International Science Fair (ISEF) standards, which is a helpful test run before the 59th Annual Washington State Science and Engineering Fair (WSSEF is April 1& 2, 2016) that requires the established ISEF standards. This year the fair was also open to entrants interested in submitting non-ISEF science projects, engineering and Maker Space projects, collections, and demonstrations. All projects were reviewed and volunteer judges interviewed students. All participants received a t-shirt, certificate, medal, and awards were given for the top projects.


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The fair was “Open to the Pubic for Viewing” from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. followed by an “Awards Ceremony” from 2:45 to 3:30 p.m. This allowed community members to interact with the projects and students.

“I’ve done the science fair for the last three years, which is a college level process and experience. I am finally getting a grasp of how to go from a hypothesis into procedure, which eventually leads to detailed data tracking, and results,” said Cameron H., an eighth grader from St. Paul’s Academy. It has turned into a fun interactive community event. “It’s cool. You can make friends,” said Wade L. from Blaine Primary School. Anna Sophia F., a 6th grader from Fairhaven Middle School, received the gold award last year and her topic after asking her Dad questions about networks. As a result, she came back with a presentation on “AI Accuracy.”

Overall winner Evan M. from St. Paul’s Academy presented the question, “Would the Mt. Baker Wilderness be a good place to reintroduce wolves?” He chose this topic because he likes wolves and went onto explain, “They are an important part of balance in nature because they keep ungulate populations down, which helps plants.”

The results were the following:

Best by Grade category sponsored by Sparks Museum:

K-4, Matthew B. | St. Paul’s Academy

5-8, Evan M. | St. Paul’s Academy

9-12, Ivy C. & Cora L. | St. Paul’s Academy


Engineering / Maker:

Gold, Max S. | St. Paul’s Academy

Silver, Remy T. | St. Paul’s Academy


Scientific Experiment:

Gold, Evan M. | St. Paul’s Academy

Silver, Anna Sophia F. | Fairhaven Middle School

Bronze, Cameron H. | St. Paul’s Academy


Collection / Observation

Gold, Stewart W. | St. Paul’s Academy

Silver, Taylor B. | St. Paul’s Academy

Bronze, Logan R. | St. Paul’s Academy

Demonstration / Model

Gold, Celeste F. | Northern Heights Elementary

Silver, Luke P. | Bernice Vossbeck Elementary

Bronze, Jayden G. | St. Paul’s Academy


Gold, Evan M. | St. Paul’s Academy

Silver, Anna Sophia, F. | Fairhaven Middle School

Bronze, Cameron H. | St. Paul’s Academy


For more information, regarding how to get involved next year and help be a judge or sponsor next year’s event contact Science Fair Coordinator Theresa Wines: . 

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