Judges should sign up for an account on this website and then edit their user account. This is done by viewing the user account and clicking the Edit tab. The Judge Info will be listed below in a secondary tab list along Account and Personal Information. The Judge Info tab will be visible only if you have been assigned the Judge role. You may also apply for this using the Apply for Role tab. The judge role requires approval, so send an email to the webmaster if you have not been approved.
The Judge Info fields let us know things like if you can judge this year and what areas you can judge or want to judge. In general, you need to fill most of this in only once. Whether or not you can judge this year will obviously change from year-to-year. We will reset your judging availability selection after each fair so you only need to log in and indicate whether you can judge before the next fair.
The Judge Info fields are divided into three sections. The top is when you can judge. The next provides us with your general background. The last section provides your preferences for judging specific categories. For the latter, you may indicate your preference for a category, your ability to judge a category, or your preference for one of your other selections.
We will try to assign you to judge a category that you prefer, followed by one that you are able to judge. In general, every judge can judge the Elementary or Junior division. Elementary division judging occurs on Monday. Junior division judging occurs on Sunday. Senior division judges should plan on attending both the Sunday and Monday sessions. Senior judges MUST attend the Monday session because this is when the students will be available for interviews. Judges who can attend both sessions will be given preference for judging the Senior division if that is their highest preference.
The Elementary division has a single category. The Junior division is divided into Physical and Biological. A Junior division judge will be assigned to only one of these categories.
The Senior division has a number of categories. A judge may be expected to judge multiple categories because the distribution of the student projects varies each year. Senior division judges will be assigned to a judge group. Each judge in the group will judge the same set of projects. Each group will look at all the projects within one or more categories. For example, the Engineering judge group might judge the mechanical and electrical engineering projects that are in different categories. Typically, environmental and biological topics are grouped together. The idea is to keep the number of judges in the judge groups about the same so they judge about the same number of projects. This allows everyone to maximize the amount of judging time for each project.