Judges Needed for "Virtual" Tri County Science & Technology Fair
Dear Technical Professional: We invite you to judge the "virtual" Tri-County Science & Technology Fair, the only New York State science fair to feature Elementary, Middle, and High School exhibits and scheduled to take place online between April 17-24. Please consider setting time aside to judge some exhibits.
For the fourth consecutive year, the organizers of the Annual Tri-County Science & Technology Fair have chosen once more to conduct a virtual, online fair instead of an in-person event. This allows us to recruit from a wider pool of prospective judges outside the New York Metropolitan area who would not ordinarily be present at n in-person fair.
A challenge for us has always been to recruit enough qualified judges each year, and that is why we are reaching out to you!!
We are looking for judges who have a strong background in the sciences and technology and have experience in teaching, research, and/or industry. Judges should have a deep understanding of their subject matter, be able to evaluate student exhibits objectively and provide constructive feedback. We are also looking for judges who are passionate about STEM subjects and are excited to help students learn and grow. Judging a virtual science fair is a great way to give back to the community and help students develop their skills in the sciences and technology. Judges will have the opportunity to provide valuable feedback on their projects and gain exposure to the latest research and technologies in their fields.
Judging is also a great way to network with other technical professionals and build relationships. Judges will have the opportunity to make connections with other experts in their fields and build their professional networks.
As a judge, you can select up to 10 exhibits to evaluate at either the Elementary, Middle, or High School level across multiple categories of your choice based on your background and expertise. You will evaluate video presentations and documentation submitted online by the students of your assigned exhibits. But unlike an in-person fair, you will not be able to interact with the students to gauge their understanding of their exhibit.
You will have from April 17-24to complete those evaluations remotely at your own pace!
The only qualifications to be a judge are a technical background in one or more of the categories listed in the Background section below and an enthusiasm to inspire children in Science & Technology. Based on the responses of those judges who attended over the years, not only was the fair a lot of fun, but you will be participating in a worthy cause to spread the enthusiasm for STEM projects while still promoting the social distancing demanded of us because of recent events.
Judges Registration will remain open until Monday, March 27!
After submitting your registration, we will send you a follow-up email during the week of March 27 and before April 7 for you to confirm your participation in the "virtual" fair.
Assuming you confirm that you still plan to judge, we will ask whether you:
have a potential conflict of interest with any of the students, schools, or exhibit topics in the fair.
agree to have your contact information included in the Networking Directory that we plan to share with all judges and volunteers of the fair through a private, restricted link
On April 10, we will send you instructions on how you can go online to select the exhibits you wish to judge. You will have until April 14 to make your selections.
On April 17, you will receive an email with an "evaluation package," with a list your assigned exhibits, plus links to online video presentations and documentation from those exhibits.
During April 17 – 24, judges will have the opportunity to evaluate the presentations and documentation from each of their assigned exhibits at their own pace and from their own space over the course of the week.
At any time on or before April 24, and when judges have fully evaluated their exhibits to their satisfaction, they can visit our "virtual" fair Judges' Website to submit their scores.
Background Since 1994, the Tri-County Science & Technology Fair has been the only regional fair in New York State with three grade levels: Elementary, Middle and High School. Most fairs only showcase one or two levels at most, but our fair, featuring students from schools in Westchester, Rockland, and Putnam counties) provides a clear path for students to continue their interest in science and technology throughout their academic careers.
Prizes are given to winners in the categories of: · Biology · Chemistry · Clinical/Social Psychology (HS only) · Earth / Space · Engineering / Technology · Environment · Health / Medicine (ES & MS only) · Health / Nutrition (HS only) · Math / Computers · Medicine and Medical Science & Technology (HS only) · Physics · Physiological/Experimental Psychology (HS Only) · Psychology (MS only)
If you have any other questions or desire more information about judging at the fair, please contact the Judges' Committee at email@example.com or 845-621-1260 x-402.
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