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2013 Siemens Competition
Math: Science: Technology
Judging Guidelines - Regional and National Competitions
The regional and national judges will use the following criteria to evaluate all aspects of the projects and presentations:
Is the project original and imaginative? What is the origin of the student's interest in the topic? Did the student develop new solutions or procedures? To what extent were the student's talent and insight incorporated into the project? How did the student address any surprising or unforeseen developments?
- Field Knowledge
Does the student demonstrate strong knowledge of the area of inquiry and the underlying scientific or mathematical issues?
Are sufficient details given so that others can replicate the work? If the work is experimental, are the variables and controls clearly defined? Did the student use the correct quantitative measures? Are the procedures well-defined? Were measuring tools chosen and used appropriately? Does the research report fully explain the project itself or is further explanation needed?
Has the student stated the interpretations and conclusions clearly? How scientifically reasonable and credible are the data, interpretations, and conclusions? Do the conclusions and interpretations follow from the results presented? Can claims of novelty or improvement be justified? What are the limits of the interpretations and the conclusions? Are there alternative conclusions that fit the results?
- Literature Review
Does the report reference appropriate related works and place the study in a proper context? Are all sources used in the research listed as references? Are the references cited within the text?
- Scientific Importance
Does the project address an important scientific, technical or mathematical question or major issue? Does the student's work demonstrate a high level of intellectual input, and is it innovative? Do the findings substantially add to the understanding of the area investigated?
- Future Work
Is there a discussion of future or follow-up research? If so, what further data would be needed? What are possible applications of the work?
- Clarity of Expression
Is the project understandable? Is the material presented logically and coherently? Are the key points, problems and solutions stated clearly and precisely? Does the student use tables and figures appropriately? Was the research report carefully proofread for spelling and grammar?
Is the method of presentation consistent with the nature of the work and with scientific practice in the discipline involved?
Additional Criteria for Team Projects:
Is it clear how each member contributed? Was there an appropriate distribution of workload and responsibilities? All team members must have active roles in the design, execution and delivery of results of the research submitted to the Siemens Competition and have made a substantial contribution to the effort.
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