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Are you interested in helping to encourage the next generation of scientists and engineers? If so then you might like to consider being a judge for the Science and Engineering Investigation Awards.

As over 1000 students participate in the Awards each year, around 200 judges are needed! A knowledge of science or engineering is not a prerequisite, but an interest in innovation, education and student engagement is! Judges usually work in pairs to review each investigation and to discuss these with the students. New judges will be partnered with an experienced judge. You will need a Working With Vulnerable People Card to participate as a judge.

Students' investigations are assessed by judges during the morning, typically beginning at 10.00 am following a judges' briefing at 9.00 am and the Awards opening around 9:45 am. Lunch is provided and judging finishes no later than 1.30 pm. Typically you could assess up to 10 projects against these judging criteria, depending on whether you are judging investigations (PDF 122.4 KB) or designs (PDF 110.0 KB).  These criteria give you an idea of the topics you'll be discussing with the students on the day.

"I particularly enjoyed seeing the great work that students put into their experiments. It's inspiring to speak with young people who have an interest in science, and important to recognise and encourage their work, whether they won an award or not. It was also great to meet and work with fellow judges!"

All participants in the Awards receive a certificate acknowledging their efforts. Outstanding investigations as determined through the judging process receive prizes provided by local supporters from business, industry and government, which are presented at the Awards Presentation Event. This event is open to the wider community and all winning investigations are on display. Judges are also invited to attend the Presentation Event.

The judging process is a significant aspect of the Awards and your involvement would be most welcome.