How is my Science Fair Project Judged?
Judges will score your project in the following areas:
|Does the choice of subject matter show appropriate scientific thought?
|Does the project try to solve a real problem?|
|Is the problem conveyed clearly? |
|Did you show good problem solving skills?|
|Is the experiment appropriate to the problem? |
| Has the experiment been developed with proper use of variables,
controls, and scientific thought? |
|Does the data justify the conclusions?|
|Is the project original and creative?|
|Has the student shown creativity in the design of the experiment and in the
display design? |
|Does the student demonstrate a thorough understanding of the problem?
|Was the research thorough? Did you use a variety of reliable
|Is the material presented accurate? |
|Was the project well planned and executed? |
|Is the journal complete? |
|Is there sufficient data to justify the conclusions? |
|Does the display tell the whole story?|
|Are all sources credited?|
|Is the project entirely the work of the student? |
|If the student received help, is this noted? |
|Is all the material within the students level of understanding?
|Is the project well constructed? |
|Were all safety precautions followed?|
|Can I easily understand the project? |
|Is the project clearly
|Are visuals appropriately used to convey the project?
|Or do they confuse? |
|Is the lettering and wording clear and consise? |
|Do the components of the display work together to give a pleasing
|Are the colors and placements pleasing to the eye? |
Remember that the judge has many projects to judge so your exhibit should
convey your project quickly through an excellent visual display. If the
judge has to read the whole report, he may lose interest and score the project
accordingly. I have seen projects with excellent experiments that were
unable to convey what was done to the judges. Unfortunately, projects that
should have otherwise received top prizes went unnoticed because of a poor
display that does not accurately convey what was done. You have spent a
lot of time and effort on your project. Don't skimp on the display, and
DON'T try to throw the display together on the bus at the last minute!