Why Should I Volunteer to Become a Judge?

The Hawai'i Academy of Science (HAS) has organized the Science Fair Program in Hawaii for over 60 years. Over 7,000 students statewide in both public and private schools participate in science fairs across the State, with about 500 students advancing to compete in the Hawai'i State Science and Engineering Fair (HSSEF). 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 success of the Science Fair program relies on the support of all our volunteers. Judges have the most important role of the HSSEF. Not only do judges determine those projects that will represent Hawai'i at the Intel ISEF, their interactions with students may influence their passion and perseverance for scientific endeavors in the future. We understand how busy life can become. But, if you can contribute your time and expertise to our efforts by registering to be a judge for the Science Fair, we and our young scientists and engineers will be forever appreciative.
 

How Does it Work?

As a volunteer Academy Judge, you will be asked to attend the First Round of judging at the Hawaii Convention Center. It is important to register as a Judge prior to the Fair. We will begin communicating information several months prior, and updates up until the day of the Fair. All judges 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 the Second Round of judging in the afternoon.

Judging criteria and techniques for judging a science fair project will be distributed to all judges prior to HSSEF. Assigned projects and Abstracts will be available for all Academy Judges to review approximately a week before HSSEF.
 

How Do I Register?

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

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