Save the Date: March 10, 2018
Thank you for taking the time to consider being a judge at the Central Sound Regional Science & Engineering Fair. As a Judge, you have the opportunity to meet many local high school students who are passionate about your field of study. They are eager to share their own work with experts in each field of science. Judges will meet with a number of students in a chosen field, and will assess the quality of work that the students have developed in their project.
Perhaps even more important than the judging itself, the fair is an opportunity for you to have a memorable impact on the lives of some very talented young people. For some students, you are the first professional they have ever met who does a science or engineering job for a living. Part of your role at the Science Fair is to be an ambassador for your profession. Some students’ perceptions of you could influence their career choices. Finally this is an opportunity for the participants to learn and grow; and your wisdom and motivation are paramount to their success.
Q: Who can be a judge?
A: Anyone with college degree or higher in a science field, including professional degrees (i.e. MD, DDS), are eligible to judge our science categories. Engineering judges must possess at least a bachelor’s degree in engineering. High school science and engineering teachers who do not have students participating in the fair are also invited to judge.
We also have a large need for behavioral science judges, as this category is our largest and boasts numbers around 30 each year. Those with degrees in psychology, neurobiology, human behavior, cultural anthropology, sociology, or related fields may judge in this category.
Q: Why register?
A: Even if you have been a judge before, we need everyone to complete the online registration form below so we can ensure an accurate headcount, nametags, and to complete judge assignments for each category.
Q: What is expected of CSRSEF judges?
A: Judges are expected to objectively evaluate student projects using the CSRSEF judging guidelines, which will be provided for you on the day of the fair. In addition, Judges are also expected to provide positive feedback to all participants and participate in deciding on the awards for your category (or special award).
Your presence is required on Fair day from 8 am until 1pm. A lunch will be provided for each judge. When registering, you will indicate the fields in which you are comfortable reviewing projects, and be placed in small teams on the day of the fair. Each team will visit between four and seven projects during the course of the morning. There are three rounds of judging (the last one designed for helping to decide award winners), and there will be times to discuss results and projects with the other judges in your category between judging rounds and during lunch.
More details and additional training will be provided the day of the fair.
Q: Do I have to stay the entire time?
A: You are free to leave after your team finalizes award winners, however, we encourage judges to stay for lunch and the awards ceremony. In general, judges are there 8am-1pm.
Q: How do I prepare?
A: For all judges, we will host a 30-minute training on the morning of the fair. The training is for all judges, including past judges.
NEW in 2018: STEM Wizard Registration Process
To register as a judge, please complete the STEM Wizard registration form. Here is a screenshot of what you’ll see when you click the STEM Wizard Registration link. The red circle will show you a drop down menu and yours, of course, is Judge.
Questions about judging? Contact head judge Kent Short for more information.
Additional Volunteer Opportunities
Are you a BC student or community member who would like to volunteer to help out the Science Fair with event prep? Volunteer Registration will open in late-February 2018.