2017 Dates:

September
19
September
20

Results

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Year 12 and 13 Students  with Outstanding exhibits may be nominated for the Powering Potential Programme by their school if the are achieving at the Merit/Excellence level in at least two Science subjects. Click here for more information.
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Judging Criteria

Judging - Primary

Science and technology judging forms

Primary (years 3-6) student exhibits are judged on different criteria to those produced by intermediate and secondary students.

Technology and science exhibits are also judged on different criteria.

Science Investigation

Focusing & Planning
  • originality/own ideas
  • choosing variables/what might change
  • fair testing
Finding Information
  • methods used
  • measurements & observations
Processing & Interpreting
  • what was done with the data collected
  • drawing conclusions/what did the data tell you
Reporting
  • presentation of information
  • explaining what you did in your investigation

Technology Design

Problems & Needs
  • understanding the problem and needs
Technology Process
  • how you went about solving the problem
  • planning
  • testing your design/solution
Recording
  • keeping a record of everything you have done
  • all the important steps in the design process
Evaluation
  • how well did your solution solve the problem?
  • does it work for everyone?
  • what will you do with it now?
 
For Intermediate/Secondary Judging Information
 
Science and Technology judging forms
For more detailed judging criteria look at the National Science Fair judging form

Judging - Secondary / intermiediate

Science

Scientific Thought & Understanding
  • science concepts
  • replication
  • sources of error
  • experimental design
  • valid conclusions
  • recognises wider implication
Originality
  • topic of study               
  • approach to investigation
  • equipment used in innovative way
  • multiple experiments   
  • fresh view of a situation

Technology

 
Defining the Need
  • how was the need identified?
  • collect data about the need
  • how are existing solutions lacking
Innovation
  • new ideas
  • modification of existing solutions
Development
  • process used to reach the solution
  • log, notes, plans, models as evidence
  • valid tests of performance
Evaluation of the Solution
  • how well  did the solution meet the needs
  • evidence of improved performance
  • possibility of mass production

Both Science and Technology

Knowledge Base
  • a thorough understanding of the topic that underlies the investigation / solution
Thoroughness
  • the scale of the investigation / problem
  • full listing of help received & sources of information
  • background reading around the topic and or previous research / solutions
  • extent of repetitions
  • attention to detail
Technical skills
  • design and use of equipment.
  • finish of apparatus, models or prototypes
  • accuracy of measurements taken   
Presentation
  • visual impact             
  • log well organised and complete
  • clear explanations with interest and enthusiasm
  • use of illustrations photos, diagrams, apparatus
 

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