The success of our local, regional, and state science fairs are dependent upon the quality of judging for the fair. We realize that judging a science fair is a large commitment of time and effort, but the rewards are helping to encourage the next generation of scientists for our state and country.
The purpose of the science fair is to give young people the opportunity to be actively engaged in the scientific process of developing an idea, testing the idea and then drawing conclusions and ideas from the results. Along with your role as an evaluator of student projects, you will also have the job of reinforcing that purpose as well as encouraging, motivating, and even sometimes doing a little teaching. Even a participant whose project is of modest quality should feel a sense of accomplishment and be proud of what he or she did. Clearly, you have a critical responsibility in the success of this enterprise.