Judging Criteria

FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL PAPERS

Name of Student: ___________________________________             Name of Judge: ______________________

 TOTAL SCORE: _______/30 

Judging Criteria

Possible Points

Points Awarded

Statement and identification of research problem

  • Is the problem clearly stated?
  • Does the presenter demonstrate understanding of existing knowledge about the research problem?

1-5 pts

 

Scientific thought, creativity, and originality

  • Process skills demonstrated by the student in the solution to the research problem and/or the research design
  • Student demonstrates his or her individual contributions to and understanding of the research problem
  • Level of effort

1-5 pts

 

Research design, procedures, materials, methods, and results

For scientific research projects only

  • Appropriateness of research design and procedures
  • Identification and control of variables
  • Reproducibility

For engineering projects only

  • Workable solutions that are acceptable to potential users
  • Recognition of economic feasibility of solution
  • Recognition of relationship between design and end product
  • Tested for performance under conditions of use
  • Results offer an improvement over previous alternatives

1-5 pts

 

Discussion and conclusions

  • Clarity in stating conclusion
  • Logical conclusion that is relevant to the research problem and results of experimentation or testing
  • Recognizes limits and significance of results
  • Evidence of student’s understanding of the scientific or technological principles
  • Theoretical or practical implications recognized
  • What was learned?

1-5 pts

 

Skill in communication research results

  • Clarity in communicating research results to non-specialized audience and to judges
  • Definition of terms as necessary
  • Appropriate use of audio-visuals
  • Response to questions from audience and judges

1-5 pts

 

Acknowledgement of sources and major assistance received                                                                                              1-5 pts

  • Did the student properly cite any sources referenced?
  • Did the student acknowledge their research advisors and/or lab assistants?

 

 

 

Judging Criteria for Science Projects

I.  Research Question (12 pts)

  ___ clear and focused purpose

  ___ identifies contribution to field of study

  ___ testable using scientific methods

II.  Design and Methodology (18 pts)

  ___ well-designed plan and data collection methods

  ___ variables and controls defined, appropriate and complete  

III.  Execution:   Data Collection, Analysis and Interpretation (20 pts)

  ___ systematic data collection and analysis

  ___ reproducibility of results

  ___ appropriate application of mathematical and statistical methods

  ___ sufficient data collected to support interpretation and  conclusions

IV.  Creativity (20 pts)

  ___ project demonstrates significant creativity in one or more of the above criteria

V.    Presentation  (30 pts total)

   a. Poster  9 pts

   ___ logical organization of material

   ___ clarity of graphics and legends

   ___ supporting documentation displayed

   b. Interview 21 pts

   ___ clear, concise, thoughtful responses to questions

   ___ understanding of basic science relevant to project

   ___ understanding interpretation and limitations of results and conclusions

   ___ degree of independence in conducting project

   ___ recognition of potential impact in science, society and/or economics

   ___ quality of ideas for further research

   ___ for team projects, contributions to and understanding of project by all members

 

Judging Criteria for Engineering Projects

I. Research Problem  (10 pts)

  ___ description of a practical need or problem to be solved

  ___ definition of criteria for proposed solution

  ___ explanation of constraints

II.  Design and Methodology (15 pts)

  ___ exploration of alternatives to answer need or problem

  ___ identification of a solution

  ___ development of a prototype/model

III.  Execution:  Construction and Testing(20 pts)

  ___ prototype demonstrates intended design

  ___ prototype has been tested in multiple conditions/trials
  ___ prototype demonstrates engineering skill and completeness

IV.  Creativity  (20 pts)

  ___ project demonstrates significant creativity in one or more of the above criteria

 

 

V.    Presentation (35 pts total)

   a. Poster 10 pts

   ___logical organization of material

   ___clarity of graphics and legends

   ___ supporting documentation displayed

   b. Interview 25 pts

   ___ clear, concise, thoughtful responses to questions

   ___ understanding of basic science relevant to project

   ___ understanding interpretation and limitations of results and conclusions

      _ degree of independence in conducting project

   ___ recognition of potential impact in science, society and/or economics

   ___ quality of ideas for further research

   ___ for team projects, contributions to and understanding of project by all members