We need JUDGES!

sciencepalooza! – Saturday, February 6, 2021

sciencepalooza! is a science fair exclusively for students in the East Side Union High School District (grades 9-12). It encourages first-time fair participants and over 600 students are expected to participate this year.

Would you like to make an impact on a students’ academic lives? For just a few hours of your time on a Saturday, you could volunteer to judge a high school student’s science fair project.

“Speaking with the judges was my favorite part of the science fair this year! He gave me insight on how to make it better for the Synopsys Championship competition; he knew all about water purification!” — student Jose V., 2019.

This year, we are completely virtual, so we need your help more than ever! It just takes one Saturday morning for you to make a huge impression on a student’s life: having their project be judged by a professional such as yourself would validate all the hard work that students experienced developing an idea, working hands-on independently, and ultimately creating a virtual display for you.

This experience can be enriching for both the volunteer judge and the student. We value your time and look forward to having you serve as a judge at this year’s Sciencepalooza 2021!

sciencepalooza! You Should Know:

  • Judges will be provided with suggested questions for students and all necessary scoring information.
  • The majority of projects are at an introductory level and entered by ninth graders.
  • The projects are either experiments or investigations.
  • The projects need to be evaluated by someone familiar with the scientific method.
  • Up to three students may work on the same project.
  • Judges will work in pairs and will review and score around 15 projects.
  • Each pair of Judges will choose one Einstein Award Winner (most outstanding project) and two Galileo Award Winners (projects that deserve honorable mention)

sciencepalooza! Judge Application:

sciencepalooza! 2021 shirt design
As in previous years, this year we will be providing all judges with a glow-in-the-dark Sciencepalooza 2021 shirt (this year, available in men’s AND women’s sizes). Here is a preview of what you will be receiving in the mail after judging day:

Synopsys Championship

March 10 – 11, 2021

As of right now, the Championship may take place virtually or at the San Jose Convention Center – South Hall (between Market and Viola).

The Championship will begin accepting judges in fall 2020. Learn more about what it takes to be a judge on their website.


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