| What judges look for in
your science fair project.
look for in your science fair project.
Examples of science projects entries in the past
I have given low scores to are yogurt making,
cotton candy, fingerprinting and candles. These
projects gave no descriptive formula for the
processes occurring and were not related to the
standard laws of magnetism, motion or
Some of the science fair experiments I have
judged covered from middle school science fair
projects through to high school. The science fair
project ideas using water rockets have always
been one topic that captures my attention and
Here is the
science fair judging worksheet I use when I judge
school science fair projects.
of Project _____________________________
of the Experiment
How is this project different or new from all
No problem statement
Incomplete problem statement
Complete problem statement
Statement generates new ideas, is
well written and clearly displays exceptional
How testable is the prediction?
Hypothesis is incomplete
Hypothesis is present, but not
Hypothesis is exceptional, giving
clear insight and highly accurate predictions
How does the plan conform to give the
hypothesis meaning and truth?
Plan does not validate or confirm
Plan is partly created, to confirm
Plan is acceptable to confirm the
Plan is extraordinary, it
validates, confirms and makes new predictions for
future hypothesis experiments.
How does the experimental process connect
with the hypothesis data and its results
There are no experimental
The procedures are complete, but
not listed step by step
Experimental procedures are listed
completely step by step
quantitatively are listed clearly and accurately
Controls and Variables
Are the variables listed and controlled?
No variables are identified or
Variables are present, but not
Some variables are identified and
others are controlled
Variables are exceptionally clearly
identified and controlled
You are welcome to print out my worksheet. I've
made a printable page version here
Science fair project examples that I have given
high marks to in the past have included: Parts of
an electric motor, the solar system, water
filtration, models of cities of the future and
When judging water rockets, I include the
following in my worksheet:
What is the effect of gravity on
How/to what extent does air
resistance affect the rockets performance?
What makes the water rocket fly?
Can you back up the theory that
sustained air pressure is what creates the
Good data and research presented with your water
rocket adds credibility and points when displayed
at a science fair.
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