NEW 2013 Judging Criteria!
Middle School Gr. 6-8 - All Categories
following evaluation criteria will be used for judging at SARSEF 2013. It has been updated to reflect the current scientific thinking and parallels that of the judging for High School projects.
Awards’ judging is
conducted using a 100-point scale with points assigned to the research
question, design and methodology, execution, creativity, and presentation.
section includes key items to consider for evaluation. Students are encouraged
to design their posters in a clear and informative manner to allow thorough
evaluation. Judges should take
into consideration the grade level when scoring. Examine the student notebook
and, if present, any special forms if SRC permission is required.
I. Research Question (15 pts.)
___ clear and focused
contribution to field of study
___ testable using
scientific methods (follows rules and SRC)
II. Design and Methodology
___ well-designed plan and
data collection methods
___ variables and controls
defined, appropriate and complete
III. Execution: Data
Collection, Analysis and Interpretation (25 pts.)
___ systematic data
collection and analysis
___ reproducibility of
___ sufficient data
collected to support interpretation and conclusions
application of mathematical methods for comparison
IV. Creativity (20 pts.)
(A creative project demonstrates imagination and inventiveness. Such
projects often are ones that are about something that the student personally
cares about, have not been done hundreds of times before or frequently listed
in Science Fair idea books or web. Creative projects offer different perspectives
that open up new possibilities or new alternatives.
___ project demonstrates significant
creativity in one or more Criteria I -III or V
____ idea appears novel – at least to the student (not copied or seen
____ idea appears to be something that student cares about
V. Board/Poster Presentation (15 pts.)
___ evidence of scientific
process, understanding of basic science relevant to project
___ colorful, creative and
logical organization of display
___ clarity of graphs,
legends & graphics
limitations of results and conclusions
___ recognition of
potential impact in science, society and planet/ world
___ thought through
implications, ideas for further research
For 6-8th Grade Students (11:00 - 12pm). Judging for the 6-8th Grade students is completed by 12:30pm
In the interest of fairness, the interviews do not count in the judging
process for middle school projects. This is because many of the students
can not participate.
Interviewing is our opportunity to
encourage them all! This is our #1 goal for the middle school
participants. Be positive and give critique/comments that will assist
the student in improving for future projects.
Be genuine in your
questions/comments. Make helpful suggestions and personalize your
language (I like ..., I feel that ..., I enjoyed .... etc.) Your
guidance is key in keeping them interested in the future.
If you see students not being interviewed – talk to them, even if they are not in your area of expertise!
___ 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
What interested you in studying this topic?
When did you start your project - how long did you work on it?
How does your research relate or contribute to that which is already being done in the field currently?
What are your variables? How did you try to control variables?
What kind of data did you collect, how much, how long?
How accurate are your readings?
What future applications do you see from the results of your project?
What is the one outstanding 'point' that you learned from doing your project?
How would you improve your project if you were to do it again? Or ... if you continue it next year?
-During the Interview time (12:30-3:30pm)
make sure to be careful regarding your discussions on the floor. It is
best to hold all discussions in the confines of Hall A, away from
participant ears. There will be teachers and family in the outside
hallways waiting for their students. A stray word can be taken out of
context and misconstrued.
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