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Judges needed

17th annual New Castle County science fair seeks judges


3:36 p.m., Jan. 31, 2012--Delaware Technical and Community College is looking for volunteers to judge the 17th annual Science Expo. The expo, which is open to New Castle County middle school and high school students, will be held Feb. 28 and 29 and March 1 at the Delaware Tech Stanton campus

The event challenges students to pose a question and use the scientific method to perform and evaluate hands-on research. Each year, more than 100 members of the community volunteer to judge projects.

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In addition to professors, graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to judge the event, even if they do no have a science background. “Anyone who is willing to review some very hard work of middle and high school students and provide constructive feedback is welcome,” Trish Warriner, program manager, said. 

Selected judges may evaluate students in behavioral and social sciences, biochemistry, botany, chemistry, computer science, consumer science, earth and space sciences, engineering, environmental science, mathematics, medicine, microbiology, physics and zoology. 

Judges will assess students’ creative ability, scientific thought, thoroughness, skill and clarity. They will also have the opportunity to ask students questions.

“The students are so proud, and it’s wonderful to see the parents watch the students receive rewards for their hard work and effort,” Warriner said. 

Applications will be accepted until the panel is full, and judging will take place on Feb. 29. For more information and to view the judge’s application, visit the Expo website or contact Trish Warriner for more information. 

Article by Brittany Barkes

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