I’ve helped with the fair for many years because it is a valuable educational experience for students, I enjoy working with the scientists and teachers on our volunteer Board, and each year I am privileged to meet the nicest, brightest, most enthusiastic young people who come to display their work, discuss their projects with the judges, and compete for awards. I hope that you will consider how you might help support this science fair and I know you will find it as satisfying and experience as I do.
-Darleen Weisz, Longstanding Board of Directors
The Orange County Science & Engineering Fair is a non-profit organization run by scientists and educators who volunteer their time because they believe in the importance of science education. For over 50 years, we have encouraged and rewarded the excellent scientific work of secondary students throughout Orange County.
This would not be possible without the help of the many people who volunteer their time and energy throughout the year as well as during the week of the science fair.
During the year, committee members work in areas such as fair operations, publicity, fund raising, website management, and outreach to schools, teachers and students through workshops and mentoring.
The OCSEF is held at the Orange County Fairgrounds. During the week of the fair, many volunteers are needed for smooth operations and to help provide the students with a valuable experience. This includes preparing the exhibit hall, welcoming and assisting students as they set up their exhibits, judging the projects, preparating awards lists and materials, monitoring the exhibit hall during open house, welcoming students and families at the awards program, and closing the exhibit hall and returning materials to storage.