How do I sign up to be a judge?

It’s easy, just fill out the registration form on-line. Please remember to include your email address as this is the easiest way for us to send out reminders.

Are there any requirements to be a judge?

If you wish to be a judge at the CYSF, you must:

  1. Be at least 19 years old or attending a post-secondary institution
  2. have a love of science
  3. be available for the first round of judging (March 20-25).  Some judges will also be asked to be available for the second round (March 26 – April 7).  Exact dates and times will be finalized after registration has been completed and we know how many projects will need to be judged.

How do I know I've been accepted as a judge?

Space permitting, all people are accepted as judges unless you are contacted otherwise. You should get an e-mail confirming your registration immediately after registering.

What is the difference between elementary and secondary?

Elementary projects are done by students in grades five and six. Most of these students have competed at a school fair and have won their place to attend the Calgary Youth Science Fair. Secondary projects are from students in grades seven to twelve and have projects that are generally more advanced than those in elementary.

This is my first time, what do I need to know and where can I find this information?

We like to recommend you start at the elementary level for at least one year. Elementary projects are generally not as involved as those at the secondary level and don’t require in depth knowledge of a subject. Judges at the secondary level must have adequate knowledge of a subject so that they can ask more complex questions about project results.

Do I have to attend the Judging Seminar?

No, you don’t need to attend the Judging Seminar, and you can still judge if you don’t attend. We strongly encourage all new judges attend as you go over how to judge a project and what to do if you have a problem project. You will have received a link to the judging handbook in your confirmation email.  If you are not attending, and have never judged, we strongly recommend that you read the handbook.

I cannot be a judge this year, but I would like to be contacted in the future?

Please contact us to let us know of your interest in judging for future years and we will add you to our data base.

I would like to judge with my friend, what should I do?

We can’t accommodate requests to judge with your friends or colleagues. When we build the judging teams, we like to put experienced judges with less experienced or new judges. This gives us more consistent results and allows new judges to learn from past experience of the other judges.

How can I find out how the students I judged did?

We’ll be publishing the results online after each round of judging has been completed.

How many students participate in the fair?

In the past there have been almost 1000 students (over 600 projects) that have participated in the fair each year.

My child is in the fair, can I still judge?

You can still judge as there are many students at the fair.  We recommend that you sign up for the other level from where your child is participating (e.g. if your child is in elementary, please sign up for secondary).  There is a conflict of interest box on the judge’s registration form that you should check if you are in this situation.

How do I get a judging handbook?

The judging handbook is available online here

How does my company become a sponsor?

Click to our Support section for more information.

What if I can't judge for the fair?

Please contact us as soon as possible to let us know you can’t attend the fair. Our teams are made up just prior to the fair so as long as you give us sufficient warning it does not cause any major problems. If you had every intention of coming but for some unforeseen reason have to cancel the morning of fair day you must call the number given to you in prior mailings.