A parent can help a student a lot in the competition. There
are a number of projects that are of nearly equal quality from a research point
of view. They discovered something
in the process, took measurements to obtain data, or acquired existing data, analyzed,
graphed, and drew a conclusion, what more is there?
Important Facts and Frequently Asked Questions:
- It is the science, math and technology behind the project that moves it to
the top, but, there are several who make it to the top.
- How do the judges decide on “the best”? That
is a tough question, but fairly easy to answer. More than one judge reviews
every project, and this team of judges work together after each has independently
judged those assigned They then caucus and review/discuss, until the entire
team is satisfied this one is the best.
- What influences a judge to pick one out of several that are all excellent science
or engineering projects? The ability to clearly communicate. For
High School students this includes the personal interview where the judge can
truly assess how much the student really knows about his/her project. For
the K-8 students, the only thing for the judges to evaluate is the project communication;
the board, abstract, and the notebook/journal.
So, as a parent you have the opportunity to review the project communications
before it is subjected to the scrutiny of the judges. You
do not have to know or understand the complexity of the project to ask questions
about it (a good project can be explained to anyone): ask
your student questions.