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GENERAL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
REGISTER AS A GENERAL VOLUNTEER
WHAT DOES A JUDGE DO?
Judges are responsible for evaluating projects in their assigned category, which will be decided during Judges Orientation prior to the Fair. They must provide clear and impartial feedback to each student they interview. Judges may be assigned in teams of three to allow for multiple disciplines to review projects that may cross disciplines.
Judge duties include:
1] Review each entry in your assigned category and take notes during the Project Board review as well as the Interview.
2] Complete and return scoring sheets to your Team Lead by the specified time.
WHAT ARE THE JUDGING CATEGORIES?
HOW MUCH TIME WILL IT TAKE?
We estimate that judges may devote a maximum of 5-8 total hours for judging during the scheduled days of the Fair.
The Judges Orientation is typically scheduled for prior to the Fair and will take approximately 2 hours, where judges will be trained on the judging process and encouraged to review student project boards without students present.
You can also view the entire list of ISEF Categories here.
The categories listed below are those that will be used at the Fair. Many projects could easily fit into more than one category. We require that the students review the entire listing of the categories before choosing a their registered project category. This is entirely the student's discretion. Please do not suggest to the Judge Team Leads that a project is better suited to a different category during the Fair. Category decisions are final prior to the event.
Scientific Process Categories:
Engineering Design Process Categories:
Tentative Fair Schedule
What to Expect the Day of the Event
The day of the STEM fair is always exciting! We have so many different activities for all attendees, parents included, to participate in! The times of the programming are subject to change, but the main features of our Fair are the following:
TENTATIVE JUDGES' SCHEDULE
6:30PM - 8:00PM....Judges' Orientation and Dinner
Activities to include: Judge duties presentation, category matches and mock judging after dinner is served. You will also receive project abstracts to review & you are invited to preview projects after orientation.
8:00PM-9:00PM....(Optional) Project Preview - Students are not present
7:00AM-8:00AM .... Judge's Check in
8:00AM-9:00AM .... Judge's Project review
9:00AM-1:00PM .... Category Judging Interviews, Special Awards Judging Interviews & Grand Prize Judging Interviews
*Snacks and a breakfast buffet will also be provided; however, if you have special diet needs, please plan to bring your own snacks and/or a small meal.
Exact dates and times are to be released.
If you have signed up as a volunteer judge, you should have been contacted by Fair Staff for details regarding
your virtual judging appointments the week of March 15-21, 2021.
Also be sure to check out Judge's Orientation at the button below!!
You can click on the links below to access the forms and documents you will need to review as a volunteer judge.
All are formatted as PDFs for ease of download if you would like!
Rules for Judges
Register to Judge here!
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