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IJAS State Exposition, Judging Score Sheet

PROJECT SESSION - EXPERIMENTAL CLASSIFICATION

2013

EVIDENCE OF SCIENTIFIC PROCESS SKILLS


8 or 7 or 6
Science Process Skills
Exhibits a thorough understanding and the application of the scientific
method. The student has acquired scientific skills.
8 or 7 or 6
Scientific
Has a well-defined problem and a clearly stated hypothesis. Uses a
Approach: Overall
logical, orderly method for solving the problem. Problem was solved
using scientific principles. Method was appropriate and effective.
8 or 7 or 6
Scientific Approach:
The independent (experimental) variable(s) have been thoroughly defined.
Variables
Those significant variables not manipulated have been controlled.
3
Scientific Approach:
A control (known standard) was present OR when a control group is not
Control/Comparison Group
possible a comparison was made among trial groups.
8 or 7 or 6
Accuracy of
An adequate sample size and/or sufficient repetitions were performed to
Data and Observations
gather enough data to reach a reliable conclusion. Data collected is
numerical and metric, if applicable. Observations were carefully recorded
and accurate.
8 or 7 or 6
Data Analysis and
The data has been analyzed and its importance has been discussed.
Discussion
Logical inferences were made.
2
Experimental
Measurement error affecting the conclusion has been considered and
Error
discussed.
8 or 7 or 6
Validity of
Conclusion is consistent with data and observations and is supported by
Conclusion
the data collected. Conclusion referred to purpose and hypothesis.
5 or 4
Originality
Demonstrates a novel approach and/or idea. Exhibits a creative approach
to problem-solving.

5 or 4 or 3
Exhibits a lesser understanding of the scientific method. Demonstrates
minimal acquired scientific skills.
5 or 4 or 3
Has an adequately defined problem AND/OR a clearly stated hypothesis.
AND/OR method was appropriate, but not all.

2 or 1 or 0
Demonstrates little to no understanding or/ application of
scientific skills.
2 or 1 or 0
Little to no evidence of a scientific approach. Experimentation
was not performed, i.e., was a demonstration or exhibit.

Points awarded

5 or 4 or 3
The independent (experimental) variable(s) have not been thoroughly
defined. Not all significant variables have been controlled.
2 or 1
An attempt for control or comparison was made.

2 or 1 or 0
The independent (experimental) variable(s) have not been
defined. Few or no significant variables have been controlled.
0
No control or comparison group present.

Points awarded

5 or 4 or 3
Data collected is not numerical and metric when applicable, AND/OR data
collected is marginal. Observations were inadequate or inaccurate.

2 or 1 or 0
Little to no data collected.

Points awarded

5 or 4 or 3
The data has been analyzed but not discussed OR the discussion did not
demonstrate adequate analysis. The inferences made were illogical.
1
Some measurement error affecting the conclusion has been considered and
discussed.
5 or 4 or 3
Conclusion is present but not supported by the data and/or the conclusion
did not refer back to the purpose and hypothesis.
3 or 2
Some creativity and/or originality demonstrated.

2 or 1 or 0
No data analysis was made or the inferences were illogical.

Points awarded

0
Experimental error has not been considered.

Points awarded

2 or 1 or 0
No conclusion or no valid conclusion was present.

Points awarded

1 or 0
No originality or creativity demonstrated.

Points awarded

DISPLAY
2
Adequate information is present, but not thorough.

1
Missing pertinent information.

Points awarded

2
Display board is neat, but not well organized. Spelling errors are present.

1
Display board was carelessly prepared; sloppy.

Points awarded

ORAL PRESENTATION
2
Information given is adequate, but presentation is difficult to follow OR
student does not exhibit a thorough understanding of their topic area.

1
Information jumbled, irrelevant; presentation is unclear.

Points awarded

1
No eye contact; read from note cards. Did not seem interested.

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COMMUNICATION

Information:
Experimental
Artistic Qualities

Presentation Quality

Dynamics

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3
Gives complete explanation of the project. Display includes graphics,
charts, and/or pictures.
3
Display board is neat, organized, and appealing. No spelling errors are
present.

3
Clear presentation; concisely summarizes the project. Information is
relevant and pertinent. Student exhibits a thorough understanding of their
topic area.
3
Speaks fluently with good eye contact; polite, dynamic, and interested in
their project.

2
Student was polite and interested in their project. Moderate eye contact,
relied heavily on note cards.

copyright 1995 by J. F. Townsend & J. A. Naughton, revised 2012

A.
Abstract
B.
Safety Sheet
C.
Title Page/
Table of Contents
D.
Acknowledgements
E.
Purpose and Hypothesis
F.
Background Research
(BR)
G.
Materials
H.
Procedure
I.
Results
J.
Conclusion
K.
Reference List

Technical Aspects

Neat and Orderly

WRITTEN REPORT The parts of the written report should be evaluated for their merits as further evidence of scientific process skills.
2
1
0
Abstract present; contains a concise summary of the purpose, procedure,
One or two parts of the abstract is (are) missing or inadequate.
Abstract is missing or is entirely inadequate.
and conclusion in 200 words or less. The proper IJAS form was used.
2
1
0
The safety sheet identifies all of the major safety hazards, precautions
Safety sheet is present, but not all major hazards have been identified,
Safety sheet is not present or any endorsement sheets (if
taken, and any endorsement sheets (if necessary), which describe the use precautions taken are missing, and any endorsement sheets (if necessary)
necessary) are missing.
of human or non-human vertebrates or microorganisms, and ensures the do not completely describe the use of human or non-human vertebrates or
safe use of such organisms. The proper IJAS form was used.
microorganisms or ensures the safe use of such organisms.
2
1
0
Title page is clear and concise. The table of contents is complete and
One or two elements is (are) missing.
The title page and table of contents are missing.
includes pagination.
1
0
Credit has been given to those who have helped with the project.
Acknowledgements are missing.
2
1
0
The testable question (purpose) has been identified and a prediction has
The testable question has been identified OR a prediction has been made,
Neither a testable question nor a prediction is present.
been made.
but not both.
5 or 4
3 or 2
1 or 0
Background research is in-depth and the information is pertinent and
Background information is inadequate OR citations are not sufficient.
Little or no use of citations and/or information is not pertinent
supports the experiment. BR is adequately cited.
to the experiment.
2
1
0
All materials are listed or discussed and measurements are in metric, if Not all materials are listed or discussed or measurements are not in metric,
No materials are listed or discussed.
applicable.
when applicable.
2
1
0
Procedure is complete and easily followed; all steps included.
Procedure is present, but not complete, is confusing, or measurements
Procedure is missing.
Measurements are in metric, if applicable.
were not in metric, if applicable.
3
2
1 or 0
Results (data) are organized in tables or graphs and can be easily read by Results are less organized, not quantitative, or are difficult to understand.
Results are inadequate or not present.
someone not familiar with the work.
2
1
0
A concise evaluation and interpretation of the data and/or results.
Conclusion is present, but is inconsistent with data collected.
No conclusion present.
2
1
0
Quality, quantity and variety of sources are adequate for topic. Sources
Quality, quantity, and/or variety of sources are less than adequate, or
No Reference List present.
listed are cited within Background Research. Most sources are current.
sources were not all cited within BR. APA format was not followed.
3 or 2
1
Good grammar and spelling are evident. The students last name is in the
Two or three of the required elements are missing
upper right-hand corner of all pages after the table of contents. Font size
and type are appropriate.
2
1
0
Is neat and follows P & P Manual order as illustrated on left side of
Is neat or properly ordered, but not both.
Is neither neat nor properly ordered.
judging sheet. (A through K)

JUDGES NAMES PLEASE PRINT

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Gold: 100-85
Silver: 84-70
Bronze: 69-55
Participation: 54 or less

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State Project Session

copyright 1995 by J. F. Townsend & J. A. Naughton, revised 2012