Online judges

The Big Bang Competition is the UK's top science and engineering competition for young people.

It recognises and rewards their achievements in all areas of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), and provides them with the opportunity to build their skills and confidence in project work.

We are looking for online judges to take part in our online heat judging round in May 2021.

Online judges will work virtually in pairs and with one moderator to review and assess projects. They will also provide feedback to help competitors build on their projects. The shortlisted projects will go through to the virtual Competition Finals taking place throughout June, and winners will be announced at our online Awards Ceremony on 24 June during Big Bang Digital.

What does it involve?

As a Big Bang Competition Online Judge, you will assess online heat projects in your area of STEM expertise.

Projects will be entered as video or written submissions for you to assess against set judging criteria, including project concept, process, outcomes, next steps and reflections and personal skills.

As an online judge, you will also have a unique opportunity to inspire and motivate young people, by providing them with invaluable and constructive feedback.

You will need to commit to up to 10 hours over two weeks, between 6-20 May 2021. This will include a 2-hour phone call on 19 or 20 May.

Is training provided?

Yes. We will provide you with training and support throughout your volunteering role. All volunteers will be required to watch our EngineeringUK & Competition briefing and taking part in unconscious bias training.

What skills and abilities are we looking for?

Our volunteers play a vital role in making The Big Bang Competition a massive success. We need volunteers who are reliable and enjoy supporting and inspiring young people.

We are looking for volunteers with:

  • A STEM background
  • An ability to communicate and provide positive feedback for young people
  • Impartiality and analytical skills to assess STEM projects

If you have any questions about these requirements or anything else, please do not hesitate to contact us!

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It’s a lot about giving something back to the profession that I have enjoyed over a number of years. Encouraging young people to take up STEM is an ongoing challenge for our profession, so it is good to be able to feel that you are doing something constructive towards helping that process.

— Volunteer judge, The Big Bang Competition 2020