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Every Intel ISEF affiliated fair has its own methodology for judging projects at their fair. We provide the following tips and judging criteria as suggested aids in your process. The following points may be of value to you and your judges as they go out to review and score projects.
The following evaluation criteria will be used for judging at the Intel ISEF 2013. It has been extensively reviewed and revised by the Intel ISEF Judge Advisory Committee, with additional input from science, engineering and educational experts. One of the most significant changes from the previous guidelines is the use of different criteria for science and engineering projects. As shown below, both criteria have five sections as well as suggested scoring for each section. Each section includes key items to consider for evaluation both before and after the interview. Students are encouraged to design their posters in a clear and informative manner to allow pre‐interview evaluation and to enable the interview to become an in depth discussion. Judges should examine the student notebook and, if present, any special forms such as Form 1C (Regulated Research Institution/Industrial Setting) and Form 2 (Qualified Scientist). Considerable emphasis is placed on two areas: Creativity and Presentation, especially the Interviewsection, and are discussed in more detail below.
Creativity: A creative project demonstrates imagination and inventiveness. Such projects often offer different perspectives that open up new possibilities or new alternatives. Judges should place emphasis on research outcomes in evaluating creativity.
Presentation/Interview: The interview provides the opportunity to interact with the finalists and evaluate their understanding of the project’s basic science, interpretation and limitations of the results and conclusions.
Judging Criteria for ScienceProjects I. ResearchQuestion(10pts)
II. Design and Methodology (15pts)
III. Execution: Data Collection, Analysis and Interpretation (20pts)
IV. Creativity (20pts)
V. Presentation (35pts) a. Poster 10 pts)
b. Interview (25 pts)
Judging Criteria for EngineeringProjects
II. Designand Methodology (15pts)
III. Execution: ConstructionandTesting (20pts)
IV. Creativity (20pts)
V. Presentation(35pts) a. Poster (10 pts)
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