Mayor's Challenge

Mayor's Challenge 2022

The 2023 Mayor’s Challenge award period is now closed. 

Solve a Problem for Your City:

The Mayor's Challenge Award is a special award that recognizes projects in the Washington State Science & Engineering Fair that embrace solutions faced by cities and towns across our state. 

Do you have solutions?

Two projects that encompass solutions to City issues will be chosen for funding for the Mayor’s Challenge Washington State Science & Engineering Fair (WSSEF). One project from Grades 9 - 12 and one project from Grades 1 – 8 are eligible. Projects will be selected from WSSEF participants.

How will YOU make a difference solving today’s problems?

All cities have problems that need to be solved to better the community and its residents. In your approach, you may discover a methodology adaptable to solving problems in cities and towns or possibly on a larger scale. Please review the below challenge information to learn about project criteria.

Challenge Criteria

  • All Washington State students participating in WSSEFF in Grades 9 - 12 and Grades 1 – 8 are eligible for this challenge.
  • Projects should comprise solutions to issues faced by the citizens of cities and towns across Washington state. Previous awards have been given for Drone Identification of Noxious Weeds and Water Quality.
  • One project from Grades 9 - 12 and one project from Grades 1 – 8 will each be awarded a stipend for funding of projects.
  • Student/school agrees to the City of Bremerton possibly using the solution/concept, but the student retains their solution or concept ownership.


  • The project must be accepted into the Washington State Science & Engineering Fair (WSSEF).
  • Student(s) are expected to present their project virtually at the WSSEF.
  • Judging for the “Mayor’s Challenge” special award will occur during the WSSEF.
  • Your “Mayor’s Challenge” project is judged using the WSSEF guidelines.

Mayor’s Challenge - Awards & Rewards

In addition to the award, selected projects are eligible for any or all of the following special awards and career boosts:

  • You will receive a City of Bremerton special award certificate.
  • Mayor Wheeler may provide a personal letter of appreciation reflecting on your solution to a City problem. This unique letter would be beneficial for your college applications and future career portfolio.

For more on the Washington State Science and Engineering Fair, visit: