How Can You Help?

Volunteers

To volunteer with OCSEF please fill out the application form

I’ve helped with the fair for many years because it is a valuable educational experience for students, I enjoy working with the scientists and teachers on our volunteer Board, and each year I am privileged to meet the nicest, brightest, most enthusiastic young people who come to display their work, discuss their projects with the judges, and compete for awards. I hope that you will consider how you might help support this science fair and I know you will find it as satisfying and experience as I do.

-Darleen Weisz, longstanding member of the OCSEF Board of Directors 

The Orange County Science & Engineering Fair is a non-profit organization run by scientists, engineers and educators who volunteer their time because they believe in the importance of STEM education to insure Orange County students have the 21st century skills of critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity to be college and career ready.

For over 50 years, we have encouraged and rewarded the excellent scientific work of middle and high schools students throughout Orange County. This would not be possible without the help of many people who volunteer their time and energy throughout the year and especially during the week of the science fair.

Throughout the year, volunteers work with committee members on a variety of projects, including fair operations, publicity, fund raising, website management, and outreach to schools, teachers and students through workshops and mentoring.

The OCSEF is held at the OC Fair & Event Center in March. During Fair Week, many volunteers are needed to insure smooth operations and to provide the students with an invaluable learning experience. This includes preparing the exhibit hall, welcoming students and assisting them to set up their exhibits, judging the projects, preparing awards lists and materials, monitoring the exhibit hall during the public open house, welcoming students and families to the awards ceremony, and helping to close the exhibit hall and return materials to storage.

Judges

Judges work in a team with others, some of whom have had previous experience as science fair judges. You evaluate the projects and interview students on the day of the fair. You then decide, as a team, which projects merit receiving awards in their category.

Judging Captains coordinate the activities of the judges assigned to their judging category. This includes assigning judges to teams, reviewing the judging objectives and policies for evaluating projects, making sure that each student receives the participation certificate and is interviewed by as many judging teams as possible during the hour the student is on the exhibit floor, and leading the deliberations on awards at the end of the day.

We ask Judging Captains to be our “eyes and ears” for projects that are worthy of the Sweepstakes Prize (Jr. and Sr.) and for meritorious projects for Special Awards. They maintain contact with the Sweepstakes Award judges and the Director of Special Awards throughout the day to identify projects that are worthy of consideration.

At the end of the day, Judging Captains verify the awards for their category and submit the Awards List to the Director of Judging.

For more info on judging and how to apply click here

The Orange County Science & Engineering Fair is a non-profit organization run by scientists and educators who volunteer their time because they believe in the importance of science education. For over 50 years, we have encouraged and rewarded the excellent scientific work of secondary students throughout Orange County.

This would not be possible without the help of the many people who volunteer their time and energy throughout the year as well as during the week of the science fair.

During the year, committee members work in areas such as fair operations, publicity, fund raising, website management, and outreach to schools, teachers and students through workshops and mentoring.

The OCSEF is held at the OC Fair & Event Center. During the week of the fair, many volunteers are needed for smooth operations and to help provide the students with a valuable experience. This includes preparing the exhibit hall, welcoming and assisting students as they set up their exhibits, judging the projects, preparating awards lists and materials, monitoring the exhibit hall during open house, welcoming students and families at the awards program, and closing the exhibit hall and returning materials to storage.