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Useful Judge Information

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The 2023 Vancouver Island Regional Science Fair will be in-person in the Michèle Pujol room at the Student Union Building, University of Victoria. As a result we need Judges.

Masks will be mandatory for this event.

We anticipate that there will be approximately 100 projects for the 2023 Vancouver Island Regional Science Fair. To evaluate projects and help to run the Science Fair a large number of judges are needed.

If you have an interest in science and wish to help foster an appreciation of science in students from Grades 4 through 12 please register below to help judge the overall ranking of projects.

Registration for General Judging

To register to judge Specialty Awards donated by a sponsor organization please contact lggree@shaw.ca and martingbliu@gmail.com .

General Information for Judges

There are four Age Categories:

  • Elementary – Gr 4-5
  • Intermediate – Gr 6-7
  • Junior – Gr 8-9
  • Senior – Gr 10-12

Project Classifications are defined as:

  • Experiment
    An investigation undertaken to test a specific hypothesis using experiments.  Experimental variables, if identified, are controlled to some extent.
  • Innovation
    Involving the development and evaluation of innovative devices, models or techniques or approaches in fields such as technology, engineering, or computers (both hardware and software).
  • Study
    A collection and analysis of data to reveal evidence of a fact, situation or pattern of scientific interest. It could include a study of cause and effect relationships or theoretical investigations of scientific data. Variables, if identified, are by their nature not feasible to control, but an effort to make meaningful correlation is encouraged.

There are 2 categories of judging:

  • Divisional – judging and selection of winners at each grade level, including the selection of representatives to represent Vancouver Island at the Canada Wide Science Fair.  Detailed information on divisional judging is given here.

If you are interested in divisional judging please register here  between February 25 and March 25.

  • Specialty – selection of winners for specific awards generously donated by our sponsors.  More information on specialty judging is given here

If you are a member of a sponsor organization and have volunteered to judge for their award, please contact lggree@shaw.ca and martingbliu@gmail.com for more information.

2023 Schedule (Divisional Judging)

 February 25  Judge registration opens
 April 5, 5:00 pm  Judge registration closes
 Week of April 10  Project assignments are distributed.  Student reports are available for preview
 April 16  Judging at in-person science fair
 8:30 – 9:30 am  Judge orientation in the Vertigo Room
 9:30 – 11:30 am  Round 1 judging – may extend to 12:00 as needed
 11:30 – 1:00 pm  Team meetings to determine Round 1 rankings
 12:00 – 1:00 pm  Lunch break
 1:00 – 4:00  Round 2 & 3 judging / Specialty judging
 April 17  Winners are announced

Specialty judging will occur concurrently with Rounds 2 & 3 judging, between 1:00 and 4:00 on April 16.

The marking sheets to be used by judges for the official Divisional evaluation are included below.

Marking Forms

A more general form is available for Specialty Judges.

Lists of Projects for 2023

Specialty judges may find the lists below useful to select the projects to evaluate. Note that these PDF files can be long and the printsize is relatively small – best viewed on a computer screen. Some projects do not have a “Project Description”.
Category: Elementary, Intermediate, Junior, Senior
Division: Life Sciences, Health Sciences, Engineeering, etc.

Links for 2023: (to be updated after registration closes on March 15)