01-dc-stem-fair-logo-full-colorAre you interested in encouraging young students’ appreciation for science? Do you work as a scientist, mathematician, engineer, or do you have a STEM-related degree? Are you looking for an opportunity to mentor young students in STEM?

If so, please volunteer as a judge at the DC STEM Fair! The 2016 DC STEM Fair will be held on Saturday, March 19, 2016, at Dunbar Senior High School. The DC STEM Fair is the annual citywide competition for DC’s public, public charter, parochial, private, and home-schooled students in grades 6-12!

The DC STEM Fair provides student participants with an opportunity to showcase their research skills and share their findings with local professionals and other students in the city. Participants have the opportunity to compete for a variety of awards and prizes offered by various government agencies, businesses, and professional associations. As an affiliate of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), the first, second and third place overall winners at the high school level will win an all-expenses paid trip to represent the District of Columbia in Phoenix, Arizona, at ISEF 2016.

The judging period is between 9 am to 12 pm on Saturday, March 19, at Paul Laurence Dunbar Senior High School, 101 N Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001. Parking will be available. We ask you to arrive at 7:45 am for orientation and a continental breakfast. You will be provided with clear rubrics for scoring projects that follow the Intel ISEF Guidelines.

You will judge display boards and interview students in grades 6 through 12 in various categories in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. When you register, you will have the option to give your top 3 category preferences, as well as the division (grades 6-8 or 9-12) you prefer to judge. (Please note:  every attempt will be made to assign you projects within your top three preferred categories. Depending on students’ submissions, that may not be possible, and you will be asked to judge in alternate categories.) General judging and final deliberations will be completed by or before 12:30pm. Lunch will be provided.

We are also looking for Grand Award judges who will arrive by 11am for orientation and judge until about 3pm. Please indicate if you would be willing to serve as a Grand Award judge when you register by indicating so in the “notes” section. According to the ISEF regulations, Grand Award Judges must meet special qualifications.

The deadline to register is Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Register to be a judge or check out our website for more information.

It will be a wonderful experience both for you and your colleagues, and for our DC students, to meet each other and discuss your mutual interests in STEM as you encourage DC students in STEM!

STEM fair participation is often the first experience that inspires students to take steps to becoming STEM professionals. Come see what interests the problem solvers of tomorrow! Please contact Renee Hanson at rhanson@carnegiescience.edu with any questions.

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