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 moderators to take part in our online heat judging round in May 2021.

Online moderators will work virtually with judges to review and assess projects and will also help Head Judges nominate finalists and prize winners.

After the online heat, 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 Moderator, you will assess a large number of online heat projects (within a single stream and age group) in your area of STEM expertise, and work closely with online judges to decide upon final scores.

You will provide judges with unique insight and guidance to approaching project assessment and help build skills and confidence for future judging events.

Moderators will also attend a deliberation meeting with our head judges to inform a final decision of top projects to become finalists and prize winners and runners-up.

You will need to commit to up to 15 hours over two weeks, between 6-21 May 2021. This will include a 2-hour phone call with judges on 19 or 20 May, and a 2-hour phone call with head judges on 21 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
  • Impartiality and analytical skills to assess STEM projects
  • A willingness to make quick decisions
  • Experience of volunteering with the Competition in previous years

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

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I am passionate about outreach work for STEM subjects, and what better way to get involved than by reviewing project work students undertake?

— Volunteer moderator, The Big Bang Competition 2020