For those of you readers in the San Francisco Bay Area:
The Synopsys Silicon Valley Science and Technology Championship is coming up (March 8-9) at the McEnery Covention Center in San Jose. Not only are they looking for volunteers, but they are especially in need of judges. (At this point, they have almost 800 projects entered and just over 200 judges.)
The judging takes place March 9, during the day (11:30 am – 4:30 pm). I’ve judged in this fair before and it’s a great experience. The kids are very enthusiastic about science, and about what they’ve learned in their projects. Judges who are clearly engaged in their projects amplify this enthusiasm like you wouldn’t believe. The people I’ve met judging have been a fun bunch, too — working and retired scientists in industry, professors and postdocs, a full range of science-savvy grown-ups who still have their childlike fascination with science. And, if you judge, they feed you lunch.
If you think (or even suspect) you have the mad science skillz to help with the judging, do consider signing up to be a judge. It will mean a lot to the kids, and you’ll have a blast.
UPDATE: Information about science fairs in other regions in the comments. If you’d like to add information about a fair in your regions, go right ahead.