Become a Science Fair Judge
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What do Science Fair Judges do?
Science Fair Judges typically work in pairs to review categories of projects and invite eager students to share their research. Judges objectively evaluate students' efforts and provide constructive feedback. Most of the time judges are assigned to their preferred categories or interests.
Judges begin the day by attending a brief meeting and training session where they learn tips and tricks to make the day a fun and exciting experience for all involved. New judges are paired with experienced judges so there is no worry about what to do.
At the conclusion of the training session the pair is assigned a group of projects to evaluate, including judging score sheets for each project. Judges are given time to explore the exhibit hall and review projects before student presentations. Then when ready, judges call students to present their work.
Students meet waiting judges at their project boards and make brief oral presentations. During each presentation, judges listen carefully and make notes about the presentation. At the conclusion of the student's presentation, judges typically ask follow-up questions about the project before dismissing the student back to the holding area. After the interview, judging pairs collaborate to complete the score sheets. When all of the assigned projects have been scored, the judging pair will finalize scores and decide who takes 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the assigned category.
Good listeners with positive attitudes are a must. Otherwise, just about any responsible adult who can interact positively with adolescents can be a science fair judge. Because students are expected to describe their work to the "average citizen", specialized knowledge about a particular scientific discipline is not required, although judging pairs usually include at least one person with a working knowledge of science and scientific research principles. College students, retirees, and current professionals from just about any field make great judges.
Including the initial briefing, judging science usually requires 2 to 4 hours of your time. Judges are excused after their assigned category evaluation is complete. Of course judges are welcome to stay for the duration of the fair as well.
Saturday, February 1, 2020
Judges arrive at 8:30 AM and most will be finished by 11:00 AM
Jefferson High School
4141 Flowing Springs Road
Shenandoah Junction, WV 25442
Friday, March 6, 2020
Judges arrive at 10:00 AM and most will be finished by 1:00 PM
A few volunteers needed for secondary judging to conclude by 2:00 PM
Ranson Civic Center
432 West 2nd Avenue
Ranson, WV 25438
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