October 23, 2012
For the second time in three years, WSDA member dentist Dr. Michael Huey and the Kitsap County Dental Society have taken home the ADA’s top prize — the Golden Apple Award — for “Excellence in Science Fair Program Support and Promotion,” for their efforts in promoting the Washington State Science and Engineering Fair (WSSEF).
The WSSEF began in 1957 as a local PTA fair, and today is the state science fair. It is open to all students in grades 1-12. This past year, more than 500 students from 19 counties in the State of Washington participated in the annual event in Bremerton, Wash.
Huey, president of the WSSEF and head judge for the event, has been one of the driving forces in the promotion of the fair for years, and is credited with getting nine member dentists to join the team of judges this past year alone. In an event of its size, with so many entries, it is imperative that they have enough judges on hand. Huey explains, “We are always in need of volunteers for the event, whether it’s to be a judge, mentor, or for some other special talent, such as grant writing." Volunteers can sign up online at www.wssef.org, and we’d like to invite all WSDA members to follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/wssef.
The 2013 fair will take place April 5 & 6 at Bremerton High School.
The WSSEF is committed to providing students the tools and the opportunity to conduct scientific and engineering research. Additionally, the Fair provides a venue to the students to present projects to peers and get feedback from experts.
Over one million dollars in scholarships and awards are presented each year. The Washington Oral Health Foundation (WOHF) provides a cash award and an opportunity for the students to present their dental related project at the Pacific Northwest Dental Conference.
This past year, students from Washington State have been featured in Popular Science, and have been recognized by Broadcom Masters, NASA, and at ISEF (International Science and Engineering Fair).