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Are you interested in becoming a judge?  Please complete this form and our Fair Director will contact you.

Any adult with training in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics with at minimum of a Bachelor's Degree or equivalent can volunteer to judge projects on the fair day.

You can expect to commit to a minimum of 4 hours to view projects and interact with the student participants.  You will first judge projects without the students, and then again, with the students present.  You will be provided with a clipboard or padfolio, judging forms, fair schedule and a pen.  Here is an example of a Judging Form.

It is expected that the judge will remove him/herself from any form of evaluation if the judge has a relationship with the student(s). or a conflict of interest exists.

The Roles of a Judge

The Judging role is multi facetted.  Judging is more than putting scores on paper.  As a judge you will step into a number of roles through the judging day. Fulfilling all of these roles is important for having a successful science fair.  You may not fill all of these roles as a judge when interviewing a student, but through the day you will have the opportunity to exercise all of the roles.

Evaluator

The main role of a Judge is to evaluate the various projects and assign them a score. This is usually done before the students arrive in the morning.  You will be evaluating the project on the basis of what you see.  Quality of work and presentation fit into this function as a judge.

Facilitator

In the afternoon, you get to meet the students.  You will still be evaluating the project, but you will also be a Facilitator, creating an open and positive atmosphere to allow the student to comfortably tell you about their project and the research that they did.  This role is important because quality of your facilitation will result in amount of information you will receive to make an accurate evaluation of the project as a whole.

Counselor

When a student asks you, “What could I have done better in this project?”, you have then stepped into the role of a counselor.  You can make a recommendation of what could have taken the project up to the next level of quality.  If the Student does not ask how they could have improved their project, then it is your responsibility to give the student one growth point for improvement on the project. (no more – no less).

Motivator

An important role of a judge is to give the student some compliments that will make them feel good about their work and motivate them to compete again.  The simplest compliment given to a student can spur them on to future success in life. 

Visit our Contacts Page for our Judging Chair's e-mail address.