Science Fair Display Rubric � Judging Guide

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					                                           Science Fair Display Rubric – Judging Guide

      Student Name _______________________________________________ Class Period _________ Judges Name ________________

                            Poor =2 pt.                    Fair = 4 pt.                      Good =6 pt                      Excellent =8 pt
Question,          Hypothesis is unrelated to    Hypothesis is stated correctly,   Hypothesis correlates to the     Hypothesis is testable and
Hypothesis, &      the purpose of the project.   but does not correlate to the     purpose but is not stated as     directly correlates to the
Variables          It is not tested throughout   purpose of the project and is     an if/then/because statement..   purpose. It is stated as an
                   the project. Did not          not testable. Variables were      Variables were identified and    if/then/because statement.
                   mention dependent and         not completely described or       classified as dependent and      Variables were classified as
                   independent variables.        were incorrectly classified as    independent.                     dependent and
                                                 dependent or independent.                                          independent. Gives Constants
                                                                                                                    and Controlled Variables
Materials          Materials are not             Materials are missing a few       Materials are appropriate for    Materials are appropriate for the
                   appropriate for the           things the teacher feels could    the experiment but               experiment and reproducibility
                   experiment or list of         add to the accuracy of the        reproducibility is uncertain.    is possible.. Showed
                   materials missing.            experiment. List did not show     List was not specific for all    information about size and units
                                                 details about items used.         items regarding sizes and        of measurement.
                                                                                   units of measurement.
Experimental       Student did not use           Student used appropriate          Student used appropriate         Student used appropriate
Procedure          appropriate materials and     materials and stated the          materials and stated the         materials and correctly stated
                   incorrectly stated the        procedure so that anyone          procedure so that anyone         the procedure so that anyone
                   procedure so that anyone      wishing to do the experiment      wishing to do the experiment     wishing to do the experiment
                   wishing to do the             can perform it but must guess     can perform it but must guess    can perform it and get the same
                   experiment gets varied        what to do at more than 2         what to do at 1-2 steps.         results.
                   results.                      steps.
Data-Tables &      No axes are labeled. It is    Some axes are labeled.            Most axes are labeled.           All axes are labeled. Data is
Graphs             unclear what the data         Results must be referenced        Results must be referenced       understood but results may have
                   represents without            (more than twice) to gain an      (at least once) to gain an       to be referenced.
                   referring to the written      understanding of the data.        understanding of the data.
                   results
Results/Analysis   Does not explain the data.    Somewhat explains the data        Almost explains data and         Mostly explains data and tells
                   Unclear what happened in      but the reader must see a         tells what happened in the       what happened in the
                   the experiment after          chart or graph to gain a clear    experiment. The reader must      experiment with one question.
                   reading the results.          understanding of the project's    see a chart or graph to gain a   If no data were provided, a
                                                 results.                          clear understanding of the       reader would still understand
                                                                                   project's results.               what happened in the
                                                                                                                    experiment.
                                              Science Fair Display Rubric – Judging Guide

Conclusion             Student neither explains      Student explains if hypothesis Student explains the results   Student explains the results of
                       the results of the            was correct or incorrect.      of the project but leaves some the project and draws a
                       experiment nor tells if the                                  question about what was        difference between what was
                       hypothesis was correct or                                    supposed to happen and what    supposed to happen and what
                       incorrect.                                                   actually did. Student explains actually did. Student explains if
                                                                                    if hypothesis was proved or    hypothesis was proved or
                                                                                    refuted.                       refuted. Student exemplifies an
                                                                                                                   understanding of the scientific
                                                                                                                   process.
References and           No attempt to display       Student shows an attempt to      Student displays references Student displays both references
Acknowledgments              references or                list references or               (APA format) or                 (APA format) and
                          Acknowledgements.              Acknowledgements                 Acknowledgements                Acknowledgements
Presentation of           Board is not neat and       Board is decorated nicely.     Board is decorated nicely and   Board is decorated nicely and
Display Board          seems haphazardly thrown                                              neatly. Only           neatly. The decoration draws a
                               together.                                                                             visitor to the board and keeps
                                                                                                                              their attention.
Student Interview       Student does not seem to        Student shows a good             Student shows a good             Student shows a full
                        understand the scientific    understanding of parts of the       understanding of the       understanding of the scientific
                        method very well and/or      scientific experiment and/or      scientific method and/or       method and describes their
                         gives little information     describes their experiment      describes their experiment        experiment with details.
                           about their project.                  some.                            well
Total Points
                  72

				
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