Orange County Branch Newsletter

March 2016

Orange County Science & Engineering Fair

Call for Judges

The 61st Annual Orange County Science & Engineering Fair (OCSEF) will be held at the Orange County Fair & Exposition Center (OC Fair Grounds) in Costa Mesa, California on Wednesday April 13th, 2016.  We hope ASCE OC Branch members will be able to serve as a judge for the event this year. 
Judges will need to be present from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  You will receive a brief orientation from your team Captain between 7:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. followed by an opportunity to review the projects before the students arrive.  We will provide you with continental breakfast, snacks, and lunch.  Judging occurs from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Each hour each pair of judges evaluates about three students. Scoring tabulation normally occurs from 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
We expect more than 600, 6th through 12th grade students from Orange County public, parochial and private schools to convene at the OC Fair Grounds.  These students represent some of the best in Orange County.  They will compete for OCSEF Board awards in 20 categories and for special awards from over 25 professional organizations and technical societies.
Judging is the high point of the Fair.  During judging, students have an opportunity to describe their work to science and engineering professionals like you.  Judges evaluate their work and provide feedback and encouragement.  Our goal is to have at least 200 judges to provide each student with the most positive experience possible.
Judges play a critical role in the success of the Fair.  The job you do can affect students profoundly, sometimes altering their career choices and almost always influencing their attitudes towards science and technology.  Having enough judges to allow each to do a good and careful job makes it easier to ensure that the effect we have will be a positive one. 
You will work as a team with at least one other judge.  You will explore what the students have accomplished and interview them.  Then, you will decide as a team, which projects deserve what prizes.
Stephen J Hobbs
Director of Judging,
Orange County Science and Engineering Fair,