Gila County Science Fair: Judges Needed


While the competition day may be three months ahead, Gila County School Superintendent’s Office staff need to recruit judges much sooner - looking forward to the Gila County Regional Science Fair on March 5, 2020 (a Thursday). You don’t have to be a scientist, researcher or lab tech to judge the science fair. What attributes are ideal? As one described it last year: “an ideal volunteer judge should be curious, open-minded, a good listener, and willing to engage and encourage our young folks. If you’re reading this article – you probably possess these qualities!”

Volunteer judges with experience in any of the science, engineering and agricultural fields listed below are especially prized; but any enthused adults willing to help judge are welcome. The competition morning March 5 begins at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast and a short orientation for the judges; then they’ll spend the morning from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. walking the exhibit hall to review projects - including personal interviews with science fair participant students from 10 a.m. ‘til Noon. Science fair exhibits open to the public for viewing at 1 p.m., with trophies and ribbons awarded after 1:30 p.m.

Students may enter exhibits in a range of categories from astronomy and animal sciences to behavioral and social sciences; biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology; biomedical and health sciences chemistry; computer science, earth and planetary science, computational biology and bioinformatics engineering; earth and environmental science; embedded systems, mathematical sciences, energy; chemical medicine & health sciences; plant science, engineering robotics and intelligent machines system software.

Science Fair projects are judged based on age of the participating student; division, and sub-category. First-place winners are eligible to compete at the State Science and Engineering Fair.

For more information contact Vanessa Barajas at the Gila County School Superintendent’s Office at [email protected] or 928-402-8788

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