Volunteers are the lifeblood of science competitions like the Ozarks Science and Engineering Fair. Without our volunteers, we would not be able to make the Fair the exciting opportunity it is for so many southwest Missouri students. Volunteering at the Fair is rewarding - Come join in the fun!
Volunteer time slots will be posted and available for scheduling as of March 5, 2013. Openings are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The times and jobs listed are typical of what has been needed in previous years, but can be adjusted upon request. Work days/times can be seen on this spreadsheet - TIMES LISTED ON THE SPREADSHEET ARE APPROXIMATE. PLEASE CHOOSE THE TIME(S) THAT FIT MOST CLOSELY WITH YOUR SCHEDULE, AND EXPLAIN ANY ADJUSTMENTS NEEDED IN THE COMMENTS SECTION OF THE Registration Form.
|Volunteer Job Descriptions|
|Set Up||setting up tables, placing signs (may require heavy lifting and hauling)|
|Registration||checking in students|
|Greeter||escorting students to their tables and direct students, judges, parents and teachers|
|Monitor||monitor project areas to make sure only judges and students are present|
|Display/Safety||inspect projects for compliance with rules and guidelines designed for safety and to promote competition|
|General Runner||miscellaneous duties as needed|
|Judge Chair||collecting judges paperwork|
|Press Room||press room duties as assigned; can include printing certificates and answering phones|
|Security||watching the project areas while the fair is open to the public|
|Awards Ceremony||directing students, teachers and families to the awards area, passing out programs|
|Take Down||taking down tables and signs, picking up trash|
|Haul Back||packing up science fair items and returning them to the Levy Wolf building downtown|
Other Important Information About Volunteering at The Fair
Report to Hammons Student Center (HSC) at least 5 minutes prior to your scheduled report time, to give you time to check in and get any instructions or other information you might need.
You will report to the OSEF Office, which is the HSC Press Room – it’s located immediately under the East bleachers. There will be a sign-in sheet where you will PRINT your name, the time you arrive, and any organization or class for whom you are volunteering. This is what we will use to report to your instructor (if you are getting extra credit) OR to your advisor (for student organizations), so it’s important you remember to include that information.
Wear comfortable clothing and shoes – you may have to do some physical labor such as moving tables, climbing stairs, etc. You may wish to dress in layers so that you can add/remove clothing as necessary. Flip-flops and other loose footwear are generally not the best choice – again, you may have to climb stairs or move table, and loose footwear can be hazardous and cause injury.
Bring bottled water! There are vending machines in Hammons Student Center, but it’s much easier and more convenient to bring your own.
We try to schedule the work as evenly as possible, but the nature of the Fair generally means that it’s either feast or famine – we either have too much for the volunteers to do, or we have nothing for them to do while we are getting to the next point. If this happens, just take advantage of the break and have a seat – but STAY CLOSE BY! When something comes up we need you to do, we need to be able to put you to work immediately.
Tempers and patience sometimes run short – remember that EVERYONE at the Fair (including non-students and those “running” the Fair) are there as volunteers and are not getting paid for their time and effort. If everyone tries to be polite and considerate of others, everyone has a much better experience at the Fair.
Make sure you check out before you leave!
What do others have to say about volunteering for the Fair?
"I just love helping out with these science competitions. I've been doing it for years and it's different every time. The kids are great and are so excited to be there. You can't help but be caught up in the fun of it all." Rochelle Smith, 12 year volunteer
"As an educator, it is exciting to see each student come to the competitions with a different perspective. The students get caught up in a healthy, competitive environment that builds their love for science. It is wonderful to see teamwork among the students build with each year and each competition." Nicholas Blake, Elementary Educator, 5 year volunteer
Interested in judging the Fair or joining the OSEF Steering Committee? Please click on either of the links below to get more information or to apply.
Judges Committee Members
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