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"Science fair judges I spoke with are in agreement about the merits of volunteering their time. Duffy says that “the best part is sharing in the excitement of a student who is proudly sharing his or her research.” Former Janssen scientist Ray Sweet, who serves on the DVSF board of directors, says he always is “astounded by the maturity, intellect, accomplishment and interest of students of all ages.
The fairs have an added benefit of inspiring the next generation of scientists. Sweet points out that serving as a judge is “about supporting students and being a face-to-face role model for them.” Duffy agrees, adding that discussing their research with professionals from different scientific backgrounds challenges the students to think about their experiments in different ways. And, she says, “the judges learn about what types of research excite our future scientists.”
By all accounts, serving as a judge comes with a big payoff. Volunteering “is just a rewarding, positive experience all around,” says Hicks. For Sweet, the fairs represent something even bigger: “A constant reminder that all is not lost in the world.”
Why you should be a science fair judge by By Geoff Hunt
Science fairs provide innumerable benefits to students, which encourage their educational and even social development
Create their own learning experiences and innovations, just as scientists do in the real world.
Design displays to communicate the stories and information of their science projects.
Participate as a community and support and encourage (mentor) their fellow students at the fair.
Learn from other students and interact with adults and improve presentation skills by answering questions from visitors.
The mission of the Quinte Regional Science and Technology fair is to encourage, foster enthusiasm, develop self-confidence, inspire and support an interest in science, technology and engineering for the youth in our area and to provide our students with the opportunity and skills to foster a lifelong love of science.
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