Judges needed for eastern Idaho science fair

The Idaho STEM Action Center is seeking judges for the second annual Eastern Idaho Science and Engineering Fair.

The science fair will be on Friday at Idaho State University in Pocatello. Judging starts around 9:30 a.m. in the Wood River Room of the ISU Student Union Building and continuesuntil 3 p.m., with a public viewing from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. and an awards ceremony after that.

Sixty-nine eastern Idaho students with 45 projects between them plan to attend, according to a news release from the STEM Action Center. Judges must have a bachelor’s degree or higher in an appropriate subject to provide scores and feedback to qualify students for awards and to take part in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Categories include biology and environmental science, behavioral and social sciences, engineering, math, computer science, and physical sciences such as physics, astronomy, chemistry and materials. Previous judging experience is helpful but not required.

“Judging is an extremely important part of the fair, and likely the most valuable experience for our students,” STEM Action Center grants coordinator Crispin Gravatt said in a statement. “We will be sending a team from this event to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, which is one of the premier student competitions in the world, and we cannot do this without the help of volunteer judges from nearby communities.”

You can register online at bit.ly/2018-ISEF-registration under the “Judge’s Main” tab. Direct any questions to Gravatt at grants@STEM.idaho.gov.