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since 1974

Showcasing the Best of Young Scientific Minds

The Waterloo-Wellington Science and Engineering Fair is an annual event that brings together the best of the young scientific minds of the region. WWSEF is open to Senior Elementary and High School students from Waterloo Region, Wellington County, and Upper Grand District School Board. Grade 7 to 12 home-schooled or students from schools that do not run science fair programs are also welcome as individual entries.

Winners at our regional fair go on to the Canada-Wide Science Fair. Thereafter they can apply for, or be invited to, international events.

Each year we have approximately 200 projects involving 300 students from about 30 different public, separate and independent schools in Waterloo Region, The Upper Grand District School Board, and Wellington County.  Independent entries are accepted if they meet our criteria.

The WWSEF is supported by the members of the community who encourage the development of our youth along scientific paths.

Science Fair Exhibitors with their Project Board
Council Members with Fair Winners

The Volunteers Behind the WWSEF Fair

The Waterloo-Wellington Science & Engineering Fair is run by a group of volunteers called the WWSEF Council.

Led by our Director, these individuals help make the fair happen through efforts such as event organization, program creation, fundraising, procurement of judges, social media and website management.

A list of our Council Members is provided below. Should you have any questions or queries, check out our FAQ page or contact our Council Members directly.

Lois Peterson
Director & Secretary

Lori Jones

Bill Proctor

Heather Turnbull
Assistant Registrar

Stefan Idziak

Quincy Almeda
Assistant Judge-in-Chief

Wendy Shaw
Ethics Chair/Officer

Vince Campolongo
Awards Co-Chair

Karen Sooley
Awards Co-Chair

Hayley Rutherford
Communications & Social Media

Louis Silcox
Fundraising & Development

Steve Seifried
Safety & Regulations

John Ritchie

Brenda Lee

Carolyn Winkel

Matt Simone

Matthew Schmidt

Nitish Bhatt

Marina Ilyas

Stuart Nicholson
Member at Large

Youth Science Canada Distinguished Service Awards

Science Fairs in Canada involve about 8000 volunteers annually.  Volunteers and staff who have made outstanding contributions, through innovation, long service, and/or leadership are eligible to receive this award.

The following WWSEF volunteers have been so recognized.

1994   Jack Candido       1994   Steve Little       1995   Bill Proctor       1996   Jim Stevens       1996   Louis Silcox       2002   Joe Prokipcak

2009   Jim Forsyth       2010   Arthur Prudham       2018   Stefan Idziak       2021   Lori Jones      2023  Maureen Hinan     

2024 Wendy Shaw     2024 Lois Peterson


Discover WWSEF's Impact on Our Community

Young people, because of their curiosity, are natural researchers. The Waterloo-Wellington Science & Engineering Fair helps them satisfy this curiosity through the organization of data gathering, analysis and presentation in areas such as Engineering, Life Science, and Physical and Mathematical Science. The projects, produced as a result of this curiosity, are evaluated by expert judges.

Every year, the WWSEF touches the lives of many youngsters in the following ways:

  • WWSEF provides guidance for the project process with manuals.
  • Over 3000 youth complete projects at schools and about 300 come to our Fair.
  • Strict rules for safety and ethics apply to all projects.
  • Strengths and opportunities for improvement are assessed.
  • Awards and prizes are presented. These include cash, medallions, scholarships and trips to the Canada-Wide Science Fair.
  • Our Fair Day afternoon program develops leadership in environmental education and research
Science Fair Program with Hunger Poverty Exercise