Why Should I Volunteer?

The Science Fair program in Hawaii is the primary activity of the Hawai'i Academy of Science (HAS).  It serves over 7,000 students statewide in both public and private schools with about 500 students participating in the Hawai'i State Science and Engineering Fair (HSSEF) which is typically held each April.  Selected students from the Hawai'i Science Fair program will then represent Hawai'i at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), the premier student science competition in the world.  The Academy has been proud to serve as the host and organizer of the HSSEF since 1958 and continues to explore ways to improve the program and encourage more participation.  We strongly believe that participation in the Science Fair develops critical thinking skills, helps students become engaged and interested in science, and encourages many students to explore careers in science, engineering, technology, and math.

The execution of the Science Fair program relies on the dedication of an army of volunteers and our judges at the HSSEF are a crucial factor in the success of the event.  In addition to determining those projects that will represent Hawai'i at the Intel ISEF, the interaction of the students with the judges stimulates their passion for scientific endeavors.  We encourage you to contribute your time and expertise to our efforts by registering to be a judge for the Science Fair!

How Does it Work?

As a volunteer Academy Judge you will be asked to attend the Round 1 judging session at the Hawaii Convention Center.  The date for the judging session has not been released yet.  You will be assigned to evaluate approximately 12 projects in either the Junior Research or Senior Research division in selected categories.  The projects are rated based on their written presentations and display boards as well as interviews conducted with the student participants.  Results from the first round of judging will be compiled and a group of semi-finalists will be selected for Round 2 judging in the afternoon.

Please CLICK HERE for more information regarding the judging criteria and techniques for judging a science fair project.

How Do I Register?

Please CLICK HERE to contact the Academy or fill out the form below and someone will contact you.

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