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.
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/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
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
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
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