Judges

Please visit our Online Registration System to register as a judge!

WHAT DOES A SCIENCE FAIR JUDGE DO?

The Wood Buffalo Regional Science Fair represents an opportunity for local educators and industry scientists to come together and encourage our region’s budding young scientists. We are delighted to have the majority of our volunteers and judges return to the Fair each year. If you are new to the WBRSF, we are certain that you too will find it a highly rewarding and memorable experience.

The judging process at the Wood Buffalo Regional Science Fair is similar to that used at the Canada-Wide Science Fair. Each project will be visited by a minimum of three judges over the course of the judging period. Judges should spend approximately 10-15 minutes with the participant(s) to assess their knowledge of the topic they have presented. Each judge will visit several projects and rank these projects based on the characteristics outlined in our judging rubrics. At the end of the judging period, the WBRSF Judging Committee will total up the rankings for each project and judges will reevaluate the projects in the round 2 of judging to determine the top projects for each age division. (Special Award winners are determined by an independent panel of judges).

Although judges are responsible for selecting finalists, it should be remembered that the primary goal of the Fair is to foster curiosity and encourage all students (not just the finalists) to consider careers in science. It is our hope that the fair will be a very positive experience for everyone involved. One of the main goals of a judge should be to recognize the efforts of each student; every student that submits a project is a winner!

To learn more about the intent of science fairs and the responsibilities of science fair judges, please read The Canadian Institutes of Health Sciences’ guide to judging at science fairs.

YOU BE THE JUDGE

We are currently seeking judges for all age divisions (grades 4-12) and project categories. Judges should be enthusiastic and have a firm understanding of the scientific method. Although this is the only requirement to judge at the Elementary level, a minimum of a B.Sc., experience teaching science at or above a grade seven level, or experience judging at science fairs is required in order to judge at the Junior, Intermediate or Senior levels.

SCHOOL FAIRS

The Wood Buffalo Youth Science Foundation is pleased to assist local schools by locating additional judges for their fairs. Please contact us if you are interested in participating as a judge at a school fair.

New Judges

Please visit our Online Registration System to register as a judge!

 After that you will receive a confirmation email in your inbox asking you to verify, or you may be entered directly into the system. Once on your main page, enter your profile information (required contact information is indicated with a red asterisk). Also, enter your background information, past history with judging and any comfort levels/areas of specialization you may have. Then our chief judge will be in touch with more information as it becomes available.

Register as a Judge

 

At the Fair

Schedule

Friday, April 28, 2017

8:30am – Judges arrive at Grand Ballroom, Shell Place – MacDonald Island Park

8:30am – Judge Orientation

9:00am – Judging -Round One

11:30pm – Lunch in Exhibit Hall

12:30pm – Judging – Round two begins in Exhibit Hall

Expectations

It is hoped that Judges are able to be present for the entire time with us. It is important for consistency across the judging rounds that we have one judge giving a good sampling and ranking of the set of projects. We provide a strong orientation that will make even novice judges comfortable on their first time judging with us. Food and refreshments are provided to all judges. We are very grateful for your contribution and pledge to join us at the WBRSF.