Call for Judges

Tom Crawford, BASEF 2009 Judge in Chief

If you think you might be interested in judging, but would like to know more, please read the 2009 Call for Judges [60 kb pdf]. This document might also be helpful to give to a supervisor or colleague, when discussing with them the opportunity to judge at the Science Fair.

Philosophy of Judging

Science fairs provide a unique learning opportunity for students, teachers, and members of the community to explore science and to increase public awareness of science and the world we live in. Though science fairs are generally a competition, they also provide opportunity for students to display their creative scientific activity beyond the classroom and in the world. The young person comes into direct contact with the scientific and industrial community within the project development.

The judging official, a member of the scientific community, is an essential piece of this experience. The onus is on the judge to provide an experience that is positive and enriching. The experience of judging contributes directly to the student's learning experience as well as the judge's. All judging interviews should be a positive experience for each exhibitor.

Most students enjoy the chance to talk about their project with someone both knowledgeable and sympathetic who represents scientific authority. This interaction may directly influence the future scientific activity of the student. The judge must be encouraging, positive, constructive in criticism, and should discuss future research possibilities with the student. All students should be treated fairly in the amount of time given to them for interviews, and in the type of comments made. Judging is a difficult task and should be viewed as an individual process with each student. A student's score should be graded independently, using their knowledge, comprehension and foresight as indicators of their mark. This allows students to compete against themselves in the knowledge basis and experience when being evaluated. Only after scoring is completed does relative ranking take place for the competitive aspect of the science fair experience.

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