Assessment


When creating and presenting your project it helps to know what the judges are looking for. Here are some of the criteria that teachers and judges will use to evaluate your project:


Project Objectives
  • Presenting original ideas
  • Stating the problem clearly
  • Defining the variables and using controls
  • Relating background reading to the problem
Project Skills
  • Being knowledgeable about equipment used
  • Performing the experiments with little or no assistance except as required for safety
  • Demonstrating the skills required to do all the work necessary to obtain the data reported
Data Collection
  • Using a journal to collect data and research
  • Repeating the experiment to verify the results
  • Spending an appropriate amount of time to complete the project
  • Having measurable results
Data Interpretation
  • Using tables, graphs, and illustrations in interpreting data
  • Using research to interpret data collected
  • Collecting enough data to make a conclusion
  • Using only data collected to make a conclusion
Project Presentation (Written Materials, Interviews, Displays)
  • Having a complete and comprehensive report
  • Answering questions accurately
  • Justifying conclusions on the basis of experimental data
  • Summarizing what was learned
  • Presentation shows creative ability and originality
  • Presentation is attractive and interesting

Assessment Rubric for On-Line Science Fair



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Research and references.


Data and graphs

You have used only 1 reference and not acknowledged it.

You did not provide any data in a table or graph.

You have used 2 references and acknowledged them appropriately.

Your data was in a table, but not graphed.

You have used 3 or more references and acknowledged them appropriately.


You provided a table and a graph of your data.

Planning using the scientific method.




You did no planning on paper to prepare and guide your research. No evidence of scientific method.

You did a little planning, but did no prepare focus questions and sometimes were off-task. Some evidence of scientific procedure.

You used planning tools (concept maps, flow charts etc.) to plan your project and developed focus questions to guide your research. Good evidence that you have used the scientific method.


Presentation




Your report or multimedia presentation is poorly presented with unclear pictures and headings.

Your report or multimedia presentation is clear and well presented with bold headings and large pictures.

Your report or multimedia presentation is very well presented with creative use of headings, pictures and sound.


Understanding of topic



Your presentation demonstrates an adequate level of understanding of the chosen topic.

Your presentation demonstrates a good understanding of the chosen topic.

Your presentation demonstrates an excellent understanding of the chosen topic.


Working in teams
(if applicable)




You worked independently, without sharing your information.

You were helpful when working in a group, usually listening to and respecting the ideas of others.

You always tried your best to be helpful and encouraged all members of the group to contribute.


Goal setting and meeting timelines.

You were unable to set suitable goals or meet deadlines.

You usually helped others to formulate and achieve team goals. You met most of our deadlines.

You always assisted the group to formulate and achieve team goals. You successfully met all our deadlines.


Creative use of resources



You have copied text, pictures and/or ideas, and not been imaginative in your presentation.

You have used some of your own pictures and ideas, and have been a little imaginative in your presentation.


You have created an imaginative presentation using all your own text, images and ideas.