1. EXPERIMENT--For grades 1--12
The project should be designed as an experiment following the scientific method. The thought and work process, from the initial posing of the problem, to a working hypothesis, to the design of the experiment, to collection of data and its analysis, and formation of conclusions and discussion of error, should be evident.
2. RESEARCH--Depth of research
What did the student learn about the topic in his or her project? Was it an internet or library search or did the student seek out experts in the field? Are the sources of information that the student used referenced or given credit for their contribution? Does the student demonstrate a good grasp of the background material?
3. DISPLAY--QUALITY OF THE VISUAL DISPLAY:
A. Does the display clearly illustrate all the steps and work that went into the project?
B. Is the display organized well?
C. Is the display the student's own work?
D. Is there a write-up that describes the experiment?
4. PRESENTATION--Oral presentation
A. Is the oral presentation just a memorized speech, read from note cards or a paper, or is the student really familiar with the topic?
B. After any initial nervousness does the student become more comfortable talking and answering questions about his or her project?
C. How well does the student think on her or his feet when questioned about her or his topic or alternative ideas?
5. CREATIVITY AND ORIGINALITY
A. Does the project show a fresh approach in its hypothesis or in the design of the experiment in what otherwise might be a standard project?
B. Is the project a unique look at a new or old subject?