Did you know that the entire science fair, from the people that help check-in projects, the judges and everyone else you see (and don’t see), is staffed by volunteers? The Fair needs your help. Volunteers are needed for fair week and year-round operations.

There are many different volunteering opportunities for the fair.

Background Check Required for Adults- (18 or older) –
Consistent with other academic competitions
You will receive the link once you submit your volunteer registration.

As part of your volunteer application process with Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair, If an adult we need you to complete a quick basic background check for Criminal Records and National Sex Offender Registry Records. This process is very simple and will take less than 5 minutes. You will need to provide 1) legal first name and legal last name, correctly spelled; 2) date of birth; and 3) Social Security Number (SSN) – Note that SSN is optional. There is a button to click to override it. Fees are paid by the Fair.

Volunteer for a few hours or the day! 

  • Sunday- Physical Layout 9:00 am – 5:00 pm- Help set up signs and table markings. 
  • Monday- Check In 8:00 am – 7:00 pm – Help check in the students.
  • Monday- Display Rules & Safety 10:00 am – 7:30 pm – Review and approve the project displays.
  • Monday- Database Operations- Noon-8:00 pm – Data Entry
  • Tuesday- Database Operations- Noon-8:00 pm – Data Entry
  • Tuesday- Ribbons Placement – 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Help put finalist and special awards ribbons on displays
  • Tuesday- Set up power cords and signs for finalist 2:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday- Finalist Check In 8:00 – 9:00 am
  • Wednesday- Database Operations- Noon-5:00 pm – Data Entry, Printout Preparation
  • Wednesday- Take down power cords, set up for school visits. 2:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Thursday- School Group Visits – 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Thursday– Public Viewing – 1:30 – 8:00 pm – Welcome and monitor the visitors
  • Friday- Awards Ceremony Setup – 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Clear out Judges Rooms Noon-3:30pm
  • Saturday– Project Checkout / Pack-Up 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

If you are a science educator (not having projects in the fair) or a scientific/engineering professional, we could use your help judging projects. Every year the projects become much more complicated as the students explore cutting edge science and engineering. Judges work in teams or individually.

    • Computer Help

Enter judging results, print out forms for judging, awards, and publicity. The Fair uses FileMaker Pro and Apple computers. Some computer experience required. Anyone with FileMaker experience or experience with using SQL for online databases would be greatly appreciated.

    • Scientific Review Committee

Professionals in life and physical sciences and engineering work online reviewing projects for compliance with rules and regulations. One training session in Cromwell and then work from home.  Must have home computer with internet access.

    • Registration 

Processing registration applications for completeness. This is online work that can be done from home. Must have home computer with internet access.

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