When Judges evaluate your project, they mostly focus on:
1. Were you creative when doing your science fair project?
• Does your research show creativity and originality?
• Did you solve the question in an original way?
• Did you construct or design new equipment?
2. Did you follow the scientific methods and procedures in your science fair project?
• Did you clearly state your problem?
• Did you use scientific literature when you do your initial research?
• Did you clearly state your variables?
• Did you use controls?
• Does your data support your conclusions?
• Do you recognize the limitations of the data / experiment? And did you state them in your conclusions?
• Did you make suggestions as to what further research is warranted?
3. Were you thorough in doing your science project?
• Did you carefully think out your science fair project, go about it systematically for simple science fair projects with well thought-out research following the scientific method for kids outline and observations?
• Did you complete all parts of your research experiment?
• Did you keep a project journal?
• Did you keep detailed notes in your journal?
4. What was the quality of your technical skill?
• Did you have the required equipment to obtain your data?
• Was the project performed at home, school, university laboratory?
• Where did the equipment come from? Did you build it? Did you loan it from somewhere? Did you work in a professional laboratory?
• Did you do the project yourself or did you receive help? If you received help the judges are looking for you to give credit to those individuals.
5. Did you have clarity with the details of your science project?
6. How well your project fits in with the theme of being beneficial to society will be taken into account?

Judging Criteria






Originality of the problem; unique approach to solve an issue related with project category.

Scientific Methods



Research of scientific literature and use of references.

Statement of hypothesis; clarity of purpose; identification of all relevant variables.

Evidence of depth of study and effort in employing scientific procedures; proper methods followed for experimentation and investigations.

Proper recording and display of data in tables, charts, and graphs; proper analysis of data.

Drawing logical conclusions, consistency of conclusions with obtained data; recommendations for further research.



Practical applications of the project; benefits for society in certain ways.

Effort and

Understanding the Project


Level of skills and effort by (each) researcher to carry out the project; amount of work; high level of understanding of the techniques and equipments used to gather data,

(Each) Student's understanding of each step during the implementation of the project.

Quality of Display


Well organized display; project journal.

Firstep 2016