Next year’s TRFSEF is on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at the
Rochester Museum and Science Center.

TRFSEF Save the Date 2020

Judges have the most powerful role in the science fair – interviewing the young people gathered to share all they have done and learned, and encouraging them to continue making good choices for their “now” and their future.

Our judges ask three questions followed by additional specific questions:
What did you do?  What did you learn?  What will you do next?

Judge Qualifications:
Senior Level (Grades 9-12)
Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree in STEM field
10+ in STEM career
Junior Level (Grades 5-8)
High School Diploma


Download the 2019 Judge Schedule for a look at how fair day runs.pdf
Judging 101
RED Judging Rubric
Topic Judging Rubric
Special Awards Judging Guidelines (Sample)
TRFSEF Save the Date
*Email the Fair Director with questions

The TRFSEF trains all judges on the day of their selected competition, providing refreshments and lunch. Team Leaders will be notified in advance. Other judges will meet their team leaders at the training and receive their assignments there.

EVERY JUDGE must agree to recuse him/herself from interviewing and participating in the deliberation about any student whom s/he knows. There are NO exceptions to this requirement.

Directions to the RMSC
Please follow our outdoor signage to the large parking lot marked below in yellow. 

March 16 Parking Map

Become a Sponsor:
Fill out our Sponsorship Form and mail it to Terra Science and Education at 835 West Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY 13204. Interested parties may want to provide sponsorship through a student award to be given out at the Regional Fair Award Ceremony. If interested, contact Kaylee May at 315-422-2902 or

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