SeaPerch Challenge volunteers

Welcome Judges

Thank you for investing in the lives of our SeaPerch students!

Help us fill those volunteer trackers!

Join us for the 2021 SeaPerch Season as a volunteer judge and get to know our amazing student teams – watch them learn and grow, enjoy their stories and dreams, and provide feedback to help them succeed.
There are a number of judging opportunities we have to make the 2021 International SeaPerch Challenge a success. Keep reading to find the best fit for you! 


Let’s get started:

  1. Find the judging opportunity for you
  2. Sign up to judge based off your availability and interest
  3. Review & evaluate teams’ submissions
  4. Celebrate with us on June 4-5! (Tickets available here!)

Any questions? Contact us at


Become a Volunteer Judge!
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Judging Opportunities

Real-World Innovation (Closed)
Real-World Innovation (Closed)
15 minute review

Eligibility: All are welcome (Teams can judge, too!)


Overview: This event is open to all judges, even peer-judging, to review and score a digital poster that 2021 International SeaPerch Challenge teams submitted for the optional Real-World Innovation event. Teams were asked to identify a real-world issue and to design a SeaPerch to address the issue.


Availability: Judges can review as many posters as they would like. All reviews must be complete by May 28.



Real-World Innovation Posters

Poster Judging Form

Engineering Design (Closed)
Engineering Design (Closed)
30 minute review

Eligibility: 18+ years of age


Preferred Experience: Knowledge of general engineering design principles? Have experience writing, reading, or reviewing reports on technical topics? That’s great, too!


Overview:Judges in this event will review and score a 5 page Technical Design Report (plus additional reference sections, if applicable) describing the SeaPerch ROV engineering design process that addresses either the prescribed SeaPerch Mission Course or a real-world application for their ROV.


Availability: Judges will be assigned to teams as they register, but the reviews can be done anytime during the competition dates. Submissions begin March 1 and all reviews must be complete by May 20.



Judge Guidelines

Report Template & Instructions

Fact Sheet Template

Scoring Rubric


What is Engineering Design?

Engineering Design Process Page

Team Interview (Closed)
Team Interview (Closed)
30 minute interview

Eligibility: 18+ years of age


Overview: Get to know our teams and evaluate their SeaPerch knowledge during a live interview (20 minute slots).


Availability: Actual time options will be shown once a date is selected. Each team interview slot is 30 minutes long.


Standard interview slot times are:


 – 9:00 am – 11:00 am EST

 – 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST


 – 8:00 am – 10:00 am EST

 – 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST

 – 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm EST

 – 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm EST


 – 11:00 am – 2:00 pm EST

 – 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm EST



Judge Guidelines

Interview Instructions & Questions

Scoring Rubric

Wild Card Qualifiers (Closed)
Wild Card Qualifiers (Closed)
10 minute review

Wild Card Reviews are now closed.



Eligibility: 18+ years of age


Overview: Wild Card Judging will involve reviewing two 250-word statements per team and score the submission on a grading scale of 1-10 on how likely you would be to recommend the team to qualify for a slot at the 2021 SeaPerch International Challenge.


Availability: Reviews will be conducted on your own schedule but must be completed within the timeframe of each round.


 – Round 2 (Mar. 4 – 10, 2021)

 – Round 3 (Mar. 18 – 24, 2021)

 – Round 4 (Apr. 1 – 7, 2021)

 – Round 5 (Apr. 9 – 14, 2021)



No scoring rubric


Why are we offering this option to qualify?

Find out more

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Call for Judges

Sign up to become a 2021 International SeaPerch Challenge Judge has officially closed.

Judge Resources


Review the 2021 International SeaPerch Challenge event judging guides and scoring rubrics, linked below. All instructions and scoring guidelines are included in the event scoring systems.


Real-World Innovation Judge

Real-World Innovation Posters

Poster Judging Form


Engineering Design Judge

Judge Guidelines

Scoring Rubric


Team Interview Judge

Judge Guidelines

Scoring Rubric


Wild Card Qualifiers Judge

No Scoring Rubric 


Judge Comment Guidelines


One of the main requests we receive from our teams is for comments and feedback from you, our judges, for all events. We love to be able to provide your positive and constructive feedback, so when providing written feedback, please remember the following:


 – Use the “Sandwich” approach – insert suggestions for improvement or critiques between two positive comments.

– Be specific – clearly address the issue and offer a suggestion for improvement

 – If something impressed you, mention it.

 – How you phrase your evaluation has an equal or greater impact than the content of your evaluation. Carefully select your words and use words that describe your own reaction – “I was confused about”, “I liked it when”

 – Try not to repeat a point once you have made it.

 – Conclude your comments on a positive note that helps build self-esteem and self-confidence.

Does all this sound awesome? Find out more.

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