"Judging Tips for Elementary Projects"
Judging Tips for Elementary Projects 2012 Scott Ferguson, Ph.D. Atlantic Turf & Ornamental Consulting Elementary Division Divided into 3 Divisions: K-3rd Class projects, usually 2 presenters/project 4th Grade 5th Grade 4th graders compete with 4th graders, 5th with 5th No subject categories Different Judge Forms for K-3 and 4th & 5th Judging Areas K-3rd 4th & 5th Scientific Method Scientific Method Subject Knowledge Subject Knowledge Verbal Presentation Verbal Presentation Backboard Display Backboard Display Data Treatment Data Treatment Supporting Documents Scoring Strongly Disagree Agree Strongly Disagree Agree 0 1 2 3 Scoring Backboard Display – 6 points Strongly Disagree Agree Strongly Total disagree agree Does it tell the story 0 1 2 3 2 of the project? Is it neat, legible, 0 1 2 3 3 with no spelling or grammatical errors? Total 5 Scientific Method Scientific Method Is there a clear Problem Statement and Hypothesis? Do the procedures help support or falsify the hypothesis? Are there at least 3 replicates? Was data collected? Is there a clear conclusion and is it supported by the data? Subject Knowledge Do the students understand the project? Did the students do the majority of the work? Do they answer your questions effectively? 4th & 5th only: Has a research paper been written (often this is exactly what is on the display board – which is OK) Verbal Presentation Do the students speak clearly and refer to the display board? 4th & 5th only: can they effectively explain their research? Backboard Display Does it tell the story? Is it neat, with no major grammatical or spelling errors? Note: I have never deducted points for hand-drawn boards (versus computer generated) Data Treatment Are there graphs, tables and/or illustrations to show their data? 4th & 5th only: does the data presented on the board agree with the data in the Log? Highly suggest using the metric system Note: at the Elementary level we do not expect statistical analysis, other than an average. Supporting Documents 4th & 5th grades only Is there a Log that documents the project? Does the data in the Log agree with the data on the board? Note: Reprints are a plus Final Points Use simple terms Encourage the students Tell them that they did well Encourage their future pursuit of science