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Information for Judges


This year, we’re welcoming students from multiple regions into one fair. If you live in the Pacific Northwest, Fraser Valley, West Kootenay, South Fraser, Central Okanagan, Central Interior or southern Vancouver Island region, your region is participating in the BC/Yukon Virtual Science Fair.  

If you live in the Cariboo Mainline, East Kootenay, Greater Vancouver, Northern BC, Northern Vancouver Island or Yukon-Stikine region, you can find a link to your regional fair here.

Every year, science fairs offer thousands of students in BC and the Yukon the opportunity to develop original scientific research, innovative projects and 21st Century learning skills. Students who develop science fair projects enjoy project-based learning that extends science beyond the classroom and encourages curiosity about topics of personal interest. The finalists of our provincial/territorial science fairs receive awards, scholarships and recognition for their achievements. Finalist status is also a prerequisite for competition at the Canada Wide Science Fair.
 
Judging is the highlight of the science fair experience for many students. Students love the opportunity to exchange ideas with specialists in their field. In return, most judges find talking with science fair participants to be a very positive experience. The energy, enthusiasm and inspiration students bring to their projects is contagious.


Expectations of Judges

 

Register for judging by the deadline of February 22

Registration information includes contact details and questions about experience, qualifications, preferences (age categories, topics of interest), and availability, and should take approximately 5 minutes to complete.

Judge registration is now closed. 


Join us for judge training during the period of March 1-12

Judge training will occur live during two virtual sessions, with a chance for Q&A: Monday, March 1st at 4 p.m. or Thursday, March 4th at 7 p.m. PST. Live sessions will be recorded and made available for those who would like to attend at their convenience.


Judge projects in two rounds, March 13-21 and April 6-11

In Round 1 Judging (March 13-21) you will review, score and provide feedback on short student videos and project information at a time that is convenient for you. Depending on the volume of submissions received, you may be asked to make recommendations about a subset of projects that should pass through to Round 2 judging to compete for awards and placement at the Canada Wide Science Fair.

In Round 2 Judging (April 6-11) you will interview students via Zoom who have passed through from Round 1, assign final scores, and make award decisions.

We are asking judges to judge a minimum of four science fair projects across Round 1 and Round 2. Each science fair project will require approximately 1 to 1.5 hours of your time in total.

Judge Training and Resources

Coming Soon!

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you so much for your interest in judging at the 2021 BC/Yukon Virtual Science Fair. Judge registration has closed for this year and we are now scheduling interviews with the participants. If you are interested in participating in future events, please consider signing-up for our mailing list to receive the latest information. Subscribe > 
In the event that we receive an higher number of projects than we anticipate and are unable to schedule interviews for every project, some projects will not advance to Ruond 2 juding. In this case, scores will help the Regional Committees select which projects will advance and the feedback will be sent to the students to help them continue to develop their projects.
Parents, guardians or teachers are welcome to observe the interviews with judges.

We would like to respecfully remind anyone observing the interview that their purpose is to gauge the student's understanding of the project and observers should not provide any commentary or feedback during the interview process.

Have Questions?

Contact us at judging@sciencefairs.ca