Welcome to the 2021 Metro Richmond Screening Fair Site!
Instructions for preparing your submission can be found here.
Instructions for creating a zfairs account and then uploading your submissionto the Metro Richmond STEM using zfairs can be found here.
Timeline for 2021 Metro Richmond STEM Fair
Deadline for submitting Research Project Papers to the Metro Richmond Screening Fair.
Acceptance lists posted on the website by 10:00 p.m.
2021 Metro Richmond STEM Fair (virtual)
We truly appreciate your partnership in supporting our region's students in their scientific endeavors. We know that preparing students for the Metro Richmond STEM Fair (MRSF) in light of everything else that you do is no small feat; we are thankful that you understand the tremendous benefit students gain through the process of research and experimentation. The Metro Richmond STEM Fair is an awesome platform that provides our young researchers with boundless opportunities.
This year each each educator whose students are participating in the MRSF will need to create an account on this site. This provides you with direct access to each of your student's accounts and allows MRSF staff members to communicate with you through the ZFairs system.
Instructions for creating an account may be found here.
Welcome Screeners and Judges!
To participate as a screener or judge, you must create an account with ZFairs. Instructions are available here.
Thank you for volunteering to serve as a Screener or Judge for the Metro Richmond STEM Fair. We are truly grateful for your time.
The goals of screening and judging include:
- that it is a positive experience for each student
- that each student receives feedback to inform his scientific journey
Initial screening will take place February 16 - March 3. All screening will be done online.
1. View the screening rubric : Rubric for Screening 2021.pdf. You will need to print the rubric or have it open in a separate tab for reference while screening research papers. The rubric is the same for Junior Division and Senior Division research.
2. Next, choose from the main menu at the top of this page.
3. A new window will open with the list of projects that have been assigned to you. To begin screening, select a project from the list.
4. Click the "Project Info" tile to access documents related to the selected project. Please review all documents prior to scoring. There is an option to download, print, or view the PDF in a separate browser tab or window.
5. To score a research paper, return to the "Project Info" page for the corresponding project. Use the grading scales beneath the document section to score the research paper by clicking on a number corresponding to your assessment of the paper. Complete each metric in each section.
6. You are encouraged to leave constructive feedback in the "Participant Feedback" field. Your comments may be shared with the student to help them with future projects and/or STEM fair participation.
If you have any issues, please contact MRSF staff at firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will respond as quickly as possible.
Judges will be able to access the papers online for review no later than March 6.
Judging will occur virtually on March 20. Additonal information will be provided prior to research becoming available.
Qualifications for Screeners and Judges
Previous experience in judging science fairs at the local, state, or national level is helpful, but not required. Please review the requirements below before registering.
Junior Division Screener
- BA or BS in the category which they choose to judge or in a closely related field
Senior Division Screener and All Judges
- MA, MS, or Ph.D. in the category in which they choose to judge, or in a closely related field.
- BA or BS in the category which they choose to judge, or in a closely related field - along with three or more years of relevant experience.
Conflicts of Interest:
To promote fairness and avoid conflicts of interest, all judges will be asked during the online registration to sign a conflict of interest statement. Individuals cannot serve as screeners/judges with the MRSF if they are:
- 9th-12th grade school teachers of fair participants
- Parents or mentors to any student participant in the requested area of judging
- Anyone else whose relationship with any science fair participant could pose a conflict of interest.
If you are not sure if you meet the qualifications to be a screener or judge, please contact email@example.com.
If the restrictions listed above apply to you, but you wish to volunteer with the MRSF in a different role, please to go the ZFair Volunteer Tab to sign up.
Welcome Metro Richmond STEM Fair Volunteers!
We truly appreciate your partnership in supporting our region's students in their scientific endeavors. There are so many parts to the Metro Richmond STEM Fair (MRSF) puzzle and we are greatful that you chose to take the time to support the MathScience Innovation in supporting our young scientists; we could not do all of the things that we do without you.
Please click here for registration instructions.