For divisional judging, you will be given 20 minutes per project: 15 minutes for the interview (after which a bell will ring), and 5 minutes to write comments and move on to the next student. While you will be part of a judging team, you will visit projects individually and then convene at the end of the round to complete your rankings as a group. Students will receive a schedule at the beginning of the fair that tells them when they can expect a judge, when they need to be by their projects in case a judge is looking for them, and when they have guaranteed time off to participate in other quiet activities at the fair.
Many students have been working hard for many months in preparation for this fair, and they will find their discussions with you to be a highlight of their three days at UBC. Many students look up to their judges as role models - as the type of student or scientist they would like to become. While this is a competitive science fair, our first priority is that all students have a positive judging experience.
Your role as a judge is not only to evaluate the merit of the projects, but also to provide helpful, constructive feedback as an expert in your field. Please acknowledge the strengths in each project you visit and phrase suggestions constructively. Detailed feedback and critique should be provided on written comment sheets that will be delivered to the students on the final day of the fair. Many students are disappointed if they receive only positive feedback and yet do not win a gold medal; please do provide constructive feedback that will give the student some idea of how the project might be strengthened.
The projects will be evaluated based on three major criteria: scientific thought, originality and creativity, and communication.The most weight is given to scientific thought and original and creativity. The project display and presentation are important in that they should demonstrate the student’s ability to communicate concepts, methods, and results relevant to the work presented. The prettiness or flashiness of the display is of far less value in the ranking process. The judging criteria is derived from the same criteria applied to the Canada-Wide Science Fair (http://cwsf.youthscience.ca/node/2225)
The exact score weightings are as follows:
Scientific thought (50%): The judges will evaluate the scientific thought in the design, analysis, and interpretation of the work. New, original experimental research will get marked on a higher level than projects that duplicate existing work.
Originality and creativity (33%): The judges will determine whether the project shows a novel approach and uses creativity in its design. Did the student think outside of the box to answer the research question or develop a new prototype, or was there limited imagination put into the project?
Communication (17%): Communication is evaluated based on four components: the visual display, the oral presentation, the project report with background research and the logbook. It is important to note that the project report is not mandatory at the GVRSF. The display, report, and logbook should be logical, self-explanatory, complete, and reflect the student’s scientific skill. The oral presentation will be evaluated based on the student’s enthusiasm, ability to effectively communicate findings, and ability to answer questions.
Remember that the students will show their scientific thought and creativity through their presentations!
After Round 1, a second round of judging will take place to ensure consistent ranking of the projects across judging teams. You will be provided with further instructions when you receive your judging assignment and when you arrive at the fair.
There are several types of projects, challenge categories and grade levels. More details can be seen here:
Judging forms used at the Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair are available in the "Quick Resources" box above if you would like more information on how judging at our fair works!
More information about project evaluation can be found in our Judging Booklet.
We ask that each judge provide written feedback for the student on the form provided. These forms will be given to each student after the Awards Ceremony on Saturday. You should have sufficient time during the judging process to ensure that this feedback is specific and complete.
Please acknowledge what was done well and provide constructive suggestions for improvement or future work.
Gold, silver and bronze medals, and honourable mentions will be awarded to the overall best entries in each age category. As well, entries to the Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair are eligible for Provincial Awards.
The British Columbia Provincial Awards Program is administered by the Science Fair Foundation BC and is available to all participants of British Columbia Regional Science Fairs. Please see the 2015 British Columbia Science Fairs booklet: http://www.sciencefairs.ca/
As selected by the Judging Committee, the top Regional Science Fair entries will be invited to an expense-paid week at the 2016 Canada-Wide Science Fair in Montreal, Quebec from May 15 to 20, 2016.