EPSEF - Eastern Panhandle
Science and Engineering Fair


Science Fair

EPSEF '22 needs up to 80 volunteer judges! 

And a bunch of other volunteer helpers, too!
New for 2022 - the Eastern Panhandle Science and Engineering Fair has added an Elementary Division for students in grades 3-5.  With the addition of the elementary division, EPSEF 2022 is expecting approximately 300 student projects from the eight counties of the Eastern Panhandle.  

Ready to Volunteer? Click HERE to register online.

What do Science Fair Judges do?

Science fair judges typically work in pairs to review categories of projects and invite eager students to share their research. Judges objectively evaluate students' efforts and provide constructive feedback. Most of the time judges are assigned to their preferred categories or interests.
Judges begin the day by attending a brief meeting and training session where they learn tips and tricks to make the day a fun and exciting experience for all involved.  New judges are paired with experienced judges so there is no worry about what to do.
At the conclusion of the training session the pair is assigned a group of projects to evaluate, including judging score sheets for each project.  Judges are given time to explore the exhibit hall and review projects before student presentations. Then when ready, judges call students to present their work.
Judges observe and listen as students make brief oral presentations at their project displays.  Judges typically listen silently, making notes about the presentation.  At the conclusion of the student's presentation, judges typically ask follow-up questions about the project before dismissing students back to the holding area. After the interview, judging pairs collaborate to complete the score sheets. When all of the assigned projects have been scored,  the judging pair will finalize scores and decide who takes 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the assigned category.

Recommended Qualifications:

Good listeners with positive attitudes are a must. Otherwise, just about any responsible adult who can interact positively with adolescents can be a science fair judge. Because students are expected to describe their work to the "average citizen", specialized knowledge about a particular scientific discipline is not required, although judging pairs usually include at least one person with a working knowledge of science and scientific research principles. College students, retirees, and current professionals from just about any field make great judges.

Time Commitment:

Judging usually requires 2 to 4 hours of your time, including the initial briefing.  Judges are excused after their assigned category evaluation is complete and verified.  Of course judges are welcome to stay for the duration of the fair as well.
EPSEF 2020 Judges' Schedule:
Date: Friday, March 4, 2022 (Tentative)
Time: Judges arrive at 10:00 AM and most will be finished by 1:00 PM.  A few volunteers needed for secondary judging to conclude by 2:00 PM.  Snacks, beverages, and a light lunch will be provided.


The science fair can be an emotional experience for some students and parents.  Therefore, anonymity is suggested.  Judges wear badges that simply say "JUDGE".  Judges are required to abstain from judging any project that might be deemed to present a conflict of interest.

What to Wear:

Judges typically dress as they would for work.  Business casual or professional attire is typical.  Many judges who normally wear uniforms for work wear them for judging.  Judges represent a wide swath of professions from the community and students find it interesting to see and interact with professionals.  Judges typically stand for 2-3 hours so be sure to wear comfortable shoes.

Ready to Volunteer?

Click HERE to register online.  Thank you!

Still Have Questions?

Contact Mr. Shane Price, Fair Director, at d.price@k12.wv.us.
-- Updated July 21, 2021 SP