Judging Criteria

Science Experiments (Individual and Team Projects)

Creativity

♦ 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?

Scientific Thought

♦ 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?

Thoroughness

♦ 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?

Scientific Skills

♦ 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

♦ 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 Projects (Individual and Team Projects)

Creativity

• 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?

Engineering Goals

• 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?

Thoroughness

• 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 with adequate drawings, schematics, and/or other documentation?
• Has each of the criteria been well tested?

Engineering Skills

• 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

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