South Sound Regional Science Fair

Grades 3-5 Judging Criteria

Judges will use appropriate grade level criteria to review all projects. Award decisions will be based on the following components:

1. The Scientific or Engineering Process Presentation Board:

  •  Does the project promote analytical thinking (grade level appropriate)?

  • Is the project centered around a testable original idea (scientific) OR Is the project centered around a simple idea or problem to be solved (engineering)?

  • Does it demonstrate creativity?

  • Is the student’s growth and learning evident?

  • Does the presentation board contain all sections?

  • Is the board neat and legible?

Judging Components

Projects are evaluated in three categories: the process presentation board, the oral presentation, and the journal.

2. The Oral Process:

  • Can the student verbally explain all aspects of their project?

  • Is the student’s growth and learning evident?

  • Can the student answer questions pertaining to their project?

3. The Journal:

  • Handwritten with dates – (Work that has been typed and dated can be taped into your journal.)

  • Does it include all the students’ original thoughts, ideas, and data?

  • A completed journal must be submitted with your science fair project in order to be considered for an award.

Judging Feedback Forms

Scientific Project: Judges will provide feedback for your student using a Scientific Feedback Form. This is not a scoring sheet. It is meant to provide information to the student regarding the components and identify areas of strengths and improvement.

Engineering Project: Judges will provide feedback for your student using a Engineering Feedback Form. This is not a scoring sheet. It is meant to provide information to the student regarding the components and identify areas of strengths and improvement.