The Ohio State University at Marion


Marion Area Science & Engineering Fair
8. Judging

Each high school project will be judged several times by individual judges, using the judging criteria of the Society for Science & the Public (SSP). Judging will continue until the finalists and alternates for the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair have been selected.

Projects are scored out of 100 points, with points awarded for science and engineering projects as follows:

Judging Criteria for Science Projects

I. Research Question (10 pts)

___ clear and focused purpose

___ identifies contribution to field of study

___ testable using scientific methods

II. Design and Methodology (15 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 (35 pts)

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

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)

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


Students in grades 6-8 will be judged, using SSP criteria, to determine the nominees for the Broadcom MASTERS Middle School Program. The results of the judging for North Central District Science Day will also be used to help determine the nominees.


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