The judging process will focus on what the student has learned about his or her chosen subject and the use of the scientific or engineering problem solving process in the completion of the project.  In addition, the project will be judged on the basis of the student's ability to intelligently discuss the overall scope and significant results of his or her work.

1.  Scientific Approach 

  1. Did the student start with a clearly stated hypothesis or set of engineering goals?
  2. Was the student orderly and logical with the setup and follow through of the project?
  3. Are the student's conclusions consistent with the data he or she collected?
    Possible 25 points.

2.  Knowledge of Project Area

  1. How effectively did the student conduct preliminary research?
  2. What is the extent of the student's knowledge of material related to project?
  3. Is the student aware of both the scope and limitations of the project?
    Possible 20 points.

3.  Thoroughness

  1. Did the student do sufficient research in the literature before starting the project?
  2. Has thorough use been made of data and observations?
  3. How successfully has the original plan been followed through to completion?
    Possible 20 points.

4.  Written Records and Reports

  1. Has the student kept and original day-by-day notebook with all plans, procedures, observations, and conclusions for failures as well as successes?
  2. Has the student put together an accurate written report, complete with a bibliography?
    Possible 15 points.

5.  Ingenuity and Creativity

  1. Is the explanation of the project clear and precise?
  2. How well has the student used his or her materials in the solution of problems?
  3. Does the student present any new or unique ideas?
    Possible 15 points.

6.  Visual Presentation

  1. Is the project displayed in a logical an organized manner?
  2. Have charts and graphs been used where needed?
  3. Do the display and posters effectively convey the message in an understandable manner?
    Possible 5 points.


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