Judges evaluate and
- What the students did in
the current year;
- How well a student followed
the scientific methodologies;
- The detail and accuracy of
research as documented in the data book; and
- Whether experimental
procedures were used in the best possible way.
Judges look for
well thought out research. They look at how significant your
project is in its field, as well as how thorough you were. Did
you leave something out? Did you start with four experiments and
finish only three?
those students who can speak freely and confidently about their
work. They are not interested in memorized speeches - they
simply want to TALK with you about your research to see if you
have a good grasp of your project from start to finish. Besides
asking the obvious questions, judges often ask questions to test
your insight into your projects such as "What was your role?",
"What didn't you do?" and "What would be your next step?"