I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.

-Albert Einstein


Our Mission

To inspire the next generation of researchers, scientists, and engineers by providing a state-of-the-art laboratory experience, mentored by industry professionals, with the opportunity to participate in, and lead real research projects.  We believe that our students not only achieve more academically, but become life-long learners that will have a truly positive impact on the world we live in.


Overview

Northwest Nuclear Laboratories is an independent STEM laboratory in Federal Way, Washington for High School aged students.  Our students have the opportunity to conduct real research and engage in engineering projects centered around a nuclear fusion reactor of similar design to those found in major research institutions around the world.  Designed, built, and operated by students since 2010, the reactor and research provides the centerpiece of Northwest Nuclear experience.  However, nuclear science is not all that is explored in our laboratory.  Our biochemistry team uses the reactor for oncology experiments, our electrical engineers and computer scientists enhance telemetry and derive statistical data from the fusion reaction, and our media and communication students educate the world on what we are doing.


What We've Achieved

International

  • 2016 Intel ISEF
    Third Place Translational Medicine
  • 2015 Intel ISEF
    Fourth Place Physics and Astronomy
  • Intel ISEF 2013
    Second Place Physics and Astronomy

 

Scholarships

Northwest Nuclear students have earned over $800K in scholarships from state, regional, and international science fairs during the 6 years of competition.

State / Regional

  • 2016 State Science & Engineering Fair
    First Place Grand Award
  • 2016 State Science & Engineering Fair
    5 teams earned 1st Place Category
  • 2015 State Science & Engineering Fair
    5 teams earned 1st Place Category
  • 2015 Central Sound Region
    First Place Grand Award
  • 2014 State Science & Engineering Fair
    2 teams earned 1st Place Category
  • 2014 State Science & Engineering Fair
    2 teams earned 2nd Place Category
  • 2013 State Science & Engineering Fair
    First Place Grand Award
  • 2012 WSU Imagine Tomorrow
    First Place Grand Award