Judges Needed for Austin Energy Regional Science Festival 2020

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Science Fest - Project Judging

Science Fest is a competition for students from 23 school districts as well as private, charter and home schools in 12 counties who are advancing from their local schools. Junior (middle school) Division and Senior (high school) Division students submit their projects in one of 17 scientific categories, covering both Life and Physical Sciences as well as Math and Engineering. Judging is competitive and the top three winners in each category from both divisions advance to the state fair at Texas A&M in College Station. The overall top six projects in the Senior Division, called "Best of Fair", advance directly to the international competition.

Because judging is competitive, we need subject matter experts to evaluate the projects. About 7-8 projects are assigned to each group of judges (typically consisting of 3-5 people). After a group has interviewed their assigned students, team members discuss the merit of each project and jointly determine the ranking. Seniors are judged in the morning, Juniors in the afternoon. It is a 2-4 hour commitment, depending on the amount of students in each category. (The Junior Division Chemistry, Engineering, and Physics categories tend to be rather large, for example, and have to be done in two rounds.) We offer orientation sessions in the weeks leading up to the fair.

Judging for next year's Junior/Senior fair will take place on Thursday, Feb 20, 2020 at the Palmer Event Center. Students will register and set up their projects on Wednesday, Feb 19, and projects will be available for previewing that night without students present. Links to the abstracts will be made available the week-end prior to the fair.

Elementary students are judged on Saturday, Feb 22, 2020; judging is not competitive and every project receives either a 1st, 2nd or 3rd place ribbon.

Judges Qualifications:

Junior Division: Undergraduate (3rd year and above) and graduate students, as well as professionals with either a degree or 3 years of experience in the applicable science category.

Senior Division: Graduate students, professionals with either a degree or 5 years of experience in the applicable science category.

Elementary Division: Adults with a good general education and the ability to talk to young children.

To register, go to http://www.sciencefest.org/volunteers; for questions, please contact ingrid.weigand@austinscience.org

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About Austin Science Education Foundation


704 W. Gibson, Austin, TX 78704, US

Mission Statement

The Austin Science Education Foundation will promote students’ knowledge of and involvement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math by enabling participation in the Austin Energy Regional Science Festival, and supporting students selected to advance to the ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair and the International Science and Engineering Fair


The Austin Science Education Foundation (ASEF) was established to support the Austin Energy Regional Science Festival. ASEF will recruit judges and volunteers for Science Fest; conduct a mentor program for students from under-represented populations, raise funds and assist with the overall management of the event.


Thu Feb 20, 2020 - Sat Feb 22, 2020
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM  


900 Barton Springs RoadAUSTIN, TX 78704



  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Mathematics
  • Research
  • Robotics
  • STEM


  • People 55+
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  • Driver's License Needed
  • Orientation or Training
  • Judging at the Junior/Senior level (middle/high school) lasts about 4 hours; at the Elementary level, 2 hours
  • The ability to interact with students, serve as a role model and encourage them to stay involved in STEM.

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