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Santa Cruz County Science and Engineering Fair: Judges

Welcome to the Santa Cruz County STEAM Expo!

The Santa Cruz County Office of Education would like to thank you and welcome you to the Santa Cruz STEAM Expo, March 11, 2023. We will again be in-person, but will still have the opportunity to preview projects virtually prior to in-person judging.  

Please create a zfairs account or login to an account you’ve already created (if you see your name in the menu at the top right, you are already logged in).

The menu dropdown from your name on your upper right screen lets you access your Profile, under which is a Judges tab, where you can set or update your category preferences. For returning judges, updating your category preferences helps us recognize your participation for this year, and not simply assume that you are continuing from last year.

We hope for your flexibility in these categories, as we balance the numbers of students and judges. The Additional Information text box on your Judges tab is there to indicate your flexibility (e.g. Any life or environmental science) and any conflicts of interest you may have (child or student in a specific category).

Judges may preview projects from March 6th to March 10th using the zfairs website.  Please see the Judges Guide linked below for more detailed information.

Interviews and Judging:

  • Please arrive at the Fairgrounds by 8:00 a.m for a brief Judges training and breakfast.

  • All interviews and judging will be conducted in-person on March 11th starting at 9 a.m.

  • Final deliberations follow lunch. Most judges complete their duties by mid-afternoon. However, all judging closes at 5:00 p.m.

We appreciate your contribution and want to thank you for your commitment as a science fair judge. Please encourage your colleagues to join us. Please contact us if you need more information.

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