What to Expect During the Judging
What Should You Do?
1. You should prepare an oral summary of the important points in the
project which you can present in no more than 60 seconds. Your judges
will have already read your
Project Presentation, so
your summary may remind them of questions that occurred to them earlier.
2. Following your summary, you may find it useful to prepare several
short capsule descriptions of important aspects of your project. You
know your project better than anyone, so you should have the best ideas
of what is important, but you could prepare answers for such questions
as "Where did you get the idea for this project?" "What is special or
distinctive about your project?" "What is the next thing you would do
with your results?" "What questions has your project now generated?"
You might also explicitly prepare for the question you hope the judges
3. If yours is a team project, one person should act as the team
spokesman at the beginning and present the oral summary. This summary
should include the rationale for the project being a group, rather than
an individual, enterprise, and how each member contributed. Each member
of the group should be fully knowledgeable about the project and be
prepared to then discuss his/her part.
What Should You Expect The Judges To Do?
1. You will be scheduled to be interviewed by every judge in your judging panel. They
will interview you as either pairs or triplets of judges.
2. Many judges prefer to learn about your project by asking
questions. Be prepared for them to interrupt your presentation.
What Other Things May Happen During The Judging?
During any of your interviews you may find one or more other people entering
and leaving the interview room. These people may include the Category Chair,
one of the Directors of Judging, or other fair staff charged with overseeing
the smooth operation of the interviews during the day. Since their task is to
observe, normally none of them will speak, though the Category Chair may want
to ask a question or two about your project, since Category Chairs will not be
scheduled to interview any project owing to their other duties.
California Science & Engineering Fair
What to Expect