Judges & Judging

  1. Philosophy of Judging
  2. Call for Judges
  3. Registration
  4. Judges' Schedule
  5. Judging Form
  6. Judges' Workshop Handout
  7. CWSF and IISEF Judges Training Presentation Handout

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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Call for Judges

If you think you might be interested in judging, but would like to know more, have a look at our Call for Judges. This document might also be helpful to give to a boss or colleague, when discussing with them the opportunity to judge at the Science Fair

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We have begun the process of assigning judges to projects, and can no longer accept registrations to judge at the BASEF 2003 science fair. However, if you would like to be added to our email list for judging updates on this and the next BASEF fair, and you agree with the BASEF judging philosophy described above, then please click here to register on-line to let us know of your interest in judging at a future BASEF science fair.

Registration Form

You will receive a personal acknowledgement by return email from the Judging Committee soon after you register. Be sure to include your email address.

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Judges' Schedule

Thursday, April 3th, 2003
8:00 Meeting of Category chairs and judge in chief.
8:30 General welcome and introduction.
8:45 Category meetings with all judges and category chair persons.
9:00 Begin preliminary judging without students present.
11:30 Meeting with category chair person, discussion of preliminary judging; report findings to judge in chief.
11:45 Start of Judges' luncheon.
1:00 Begin judging with students present; recommended judging interview time is 10 -15 minutes per project.
3:30 Tally of scores; report to Category chair persons.
4:15 Judge in chief, category chair and awards committee meeting.

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Judging Form

Projects are judged using a five-part form designed to help judges focus their impressions and to weight the judging criteria. Click here to open a copy of the judging form in a new window.

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Judges' Workshop Handout

Each year we have provided a Workshop on Science Fair Judging in preparation for judging at our science fair. This is written especially for new judges, but also serves as a useful refresher for those who may not have judged with us for a few years.

In case you were unable to attend any of this year's Workshops, or just want a quick refresher, you can download the Presentation handout document (in Adobe Acrobat format) by clicking here.

CWSF and IISEF Judges Training Presentation Handout

BASEF volunteers have presented material on our Judges Training process at both an Intel IISEF 2002 Delegates' "ShopTalk" session in Louisville Kentucky, and at the CWSF 2002 Delegates' Workshops, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.