Community Education

(1) Creative Ability
Does the project show creative ability and originality in the questions asked? The approach to solving the problem? The analysis of the data? The interpretation of the data? The use of equipment? Creative research should support an investigation and help answer a question in an original way. A creative contribution promotes an efficient and reliable method for solving a problem. When evaluating projects, it is important to distinguish between gadgeteering and ingenuity.

(2) Scientific Thought
Is the problem stated clearly and unambiguously? Was there a procedural plan for obtaining a solution? Are the variables clearly recognized and defined? If controls were necessary, did the student recognize their need and were they correctly used? Are there adequate data to support the conclusions? Does the student understand the project's ties to related research?

(3) Thoroughness
Was the purpose carried out to completion within the scope of the original intent? How completely was the problem covered? Are the conclusions based on a single experiment or replication? How complete are the project notes? Is the student aware of other approaches or theories? Is the student familiar with scientific literature in the studied field?

(4) Skill
Does the student have the required laboratory, computation, observational and design skills to obtain supporting data? Where was the project performed? Did the student receive assistance from parents, teachers, scientists or engineers? Was the project completed under adult supervision, or did the student work largely alone? Where did the equipment come from? Was it built independently by the student?

(5) Clarity
How clearly does the student discuss his/her project and explain the purpose, procedure and conclusions? Watch out for memorized speeches that reflect little understanding of principles. Does the written material reflect the student's understanding of the research? Are the important phases of the project presented in an orderly manner? How clearly is the data presented? How clearly are the results presented? How well does the project display explain the project?

(7) Team Projects
Are the tasks and contributions of each team member clearly outlined? Was each team member fully involved with the project and is each member familiar with all aspects? Does the final work reflect the coordinated efforts of all team members?

You are the expert. No one knows as much about your research investigation as you. Therefore, remember to explain your research in enough detail so that they will understand what you did, how you did it, and what you learned. Whenever possible, avoid jargon or unnecessary terminology. If it is essential to use specialized terms, remember to explain the specialized term briefly. Give the judge enough time to understand what you are trying to convey. Graphs, tables and other representation help explain your results. Keep them simple and uncluttered. Focus on important information; for example, remember to name the variables on both axes of a graph and state the significance of the position and shape of the graph line. Deliver your presentation at a comfortable pace. It helps to practice your presentation before another person. Practice will help you perfect the presentation and the timing.
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