SSTFI Volunteer and Judges Information

It takes many volunteers to make the State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa a successful event for around 700 young researchers from across the state of Iowa. This is a two-day event hosted at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa and we need volunteers to assist in advance of the event and during the event. There are opportunities for those that have a background in science, engineering, and technology and for those that want to support STEM exploration in Iowa’s youth.

Volunteer Opportunities


Volunteer judges are needed to interact with the youth that are displaying their science fair project. A general schedule for judges can be found here. Orientation for judges will be provided each day.

Sign-up to be a judge here.

Thursday, March 26:  Senior High Judges

Time commitment is all day (~8am-3pm).

Judging coordinators are Carrie Galvan and Kimberly Murphy.

Friday, March 27:  Junior High Judges

Time commitment can be all day (~8am-3:30pm) or half day (morning or afternoon).

Judge coordinator is Ethan Erickson.

Display and Safety Check (DSC) Reviewers

Volunteers are needed the morning of each SSTFI showcase to help review all science fair projects to ensure they meet the necessary display and safety requirements. A quick orientation will be provided each morning prior to conducting reviews.

Time commitment is Thursday, March 28 and/or Friday, March 29 from 7:15am-8:30am

DSC coordinator is McKenzie Gettler.

Sign-up for this opportunity here.

Scientific Review Committee (SRC)

Volunteers are needed in advance of the fair to review project submissions to verify they have all necessary paperwork submitted and guidelines are followed. The review is done online March 6-22.  SRC coordinator is Andrew Petersen.

Sign-up for this opportunity here.