Grades 9-12 Judging Criteria

The following evaluation criteria are used for judging at the Intel ISEF. As shown below, science and engineering have different criteria, each with five sections. Each section includes key items to consider for evaluation both before and after the interview.

Judging Criteria for Science Projects

I.  Research Question

___ clear and focused purpose
___ identifies contribution to field of study
___ testable using scientific methods

II.  Design and Methodology

___ well designed plan and data collection methods
___ variables and controls defined, appropriate and complete

III.  Execution:   Data Collection, Analysis and Interpretation

___ 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

___ project demonstrates significant creativity in one or more of the above criteria

V.    Presentation

a. Poster

___ logical organization of material
___ clarity of graphics and legends
___ supporting documentation displayed

b. Interview

___ 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

___ description of a practical need or problem to be solved
___ definition of criteria for proposed solution
___ explanation of constraints

II.  Design and Methodology

___ exploration of alternatives to answer need or problem
___ identification of a solution
___ development of a prototype/model

III.  Execution:  Construction and Testing

___ prototype demonstrates intended design
___ prototype has been tested in multiple conditions/trials
___ prototype demonstrates engineering skill and completeness

IV.  Creativity

___ project demonstrates significant creativity in one or more of the above criteria

V.    Presentation

a. Poster

___logical organization of material
___clarity of graphics and legends
___ supporting documentation displayed

b. Interview

___ 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