Call Out for Judges and Helpers

Call Out for Judges and Helpers

The BIG Science Fair will take place on the 3rd and 4th of September 2024, in Burnie. It is open to students from Years 5 to 12 in the North West and West Coast.

The Science Fair provides an excellent opportunity for businesses, industry, and community members to contribute to developing future scientists and engineers.

We are seeking volunteers to judge the Science Fair or to help during the event. A background in science and engineering is not required. We guarantee that you will be inspired by the incredible projects the young people are working on! For example, last year’s projects explored questions such as:

  • Which cleaning products are the most efficient at killing germs?
  • Does age affect reaction time, and what age has the best reaction time?
  • Does chocolate have the same melting qualities regardless of colour or type?
  • Will oil affect the success of popcorn in a microwave?
  • Is one type of superglue better than others?
  • Do the youth of today prefer artificial flavours in products such as ice cream over natural flavours?
  • What are the effects of lavender perfume on blood pressure?
  • Unlocking the Enigma of Earth’s Axial Tilt and Its Effect on Seasonal Change!

We are excited to see what students will come up with this year!

The BIG Science Fair will take place over two days. Depending on your availability, you can help on one or both days. The judge’s briefing starts at 8:30 a.m., and we expect all judging to be completed by 1:30/2 p.m. each day. Join us in this inspiring event and be a part of empowering the future generation of scientists and innovators!

Important information
We have made it a requirement for judges and volunteers to have a Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP) registration/card as part of our efforts to ensure the safety of children. You will also need a Department of Education, Children and Young People (DECYP) Safeguarding Training Certificate.

WWVP involves a background check. The idea is that the past behavior of an individual can indicate their potential future behavior. Therefore, a national criminal history check and the gathering of relevant information from other sources are important components of the background check and contribute to what is known as a ‘risk assessment’ more information.

If you do not have a WWVP, please visit this link for further information and fill out the application for volunteer registration. The cost of a volunteer registration is $21.36.

If you do not have the Safeguarding Training Certificate, please visit this link to complete this training (it takes 13 minutes, and you can do it online for free).

The Department of Education, Children and Young People (DECYP) now requires employees, volunteers, and external service providers to complete Safeguarding Training.

The compulsory training is designed to help better safeguard kids in Tasmania.

You will learn what to do if you believe a child or young person is being harmed. And help you understand how you can prevent this from happening. You will also learn what your reporting requirements are.

Download and save your certificate to verify you have completed your training and attach the file.  We will send your certificate to schools before we participate in any activities.

Note: This is a heavy topic, and the content can be upsetting for some people. Please consider what you need to be safe when completing this training.

Register to be a judge or volunteer