Judging Criteria

Science Experiments

Scientific Thought (10 points )

  • Was the problem and hypothesis clearly stated?
  • Was the problem scientifically significant, but sufficiently limited to be solved?
  • Was the experiment repeated several times?
  • Was the conclusion justified and properly drawn from experimental results?
  • Was sufficient preliminary research performed and applied?

Creativity (10 points )

  • Is the project topic unique or the approach original?
  • Has the student used a novel approach for checking the hypothesis?
  • Has previous work and sources of ideas been acknowledged?

Thoroughness (5 points)

  • Was adequate literary/online research conducted?
  • Did the student(s) look at different aspects of the problem – was it well planned?
  • Was there a project notebook?
  • Is the conclusion supported with data?
  • Are procedures and materials thoroughly documented?

 

 

Skills (5 points)

  • Does the student understand the subject and methods used?
  • Has the student used good laboratory skills – data gathering and analysis?
  • Did the student acknowledge mentoring or other help?
  • Did the student assemble the equipment used?

 

Clarity (3 points )

  • Is the abstract, project board, and notebook accurate and understandable?
  • Can the student clearly explain the project?
  • Did the student speak clearly and understandably?

Engineering Design Projects

Engineering Goal (10 points )

  • Was the purpose/the engineering design criteria clearly stated and significant?
  • What will be invented/ engineered? Is the solution workable and economically feasible?Was there evidence of redesign and retest?
  • Were the engineering design criteria tested for each step of redesign?

Creativity (10 points )

  • Is the project topic unique or the approach original?
  • Has the student used a novel approach to test the engineering design criteria?
  • Has previous work and sources of ideas been acknowledged?

 

Thoroughness (5 points)

  • Was sufficient preliminary research performed and applied?
  • Did the student(s) look at different aspects of the problem – was it well planned?
  • Was there a project notebook?Are there adequate drawings, schematics, and/or other documentation?
  • Has each of the criteria been well tested?

 

Skill (5 points )

  • Does the student understand the subject?
  • Has the student used good technical skills to arrive at the solution?
  • Did the student acknowledge mentoring or other help?
  • Did the student assemble the equipment used?

 

Clarity (3 points )

  • Is the abstract, notebook and project board accurate and understandable?
  • Can the student clearly explain the project?
  • Did the student speak clearly and understandably?