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Excellence Awards - Judging Rubric
|Part A Scientific Thought Weight: 50%|
|Undertake an investigation to test a scientific hypothesis by the experimental method. At least one independent variable is manipulated; other variables are controlled.||Develop and evaluate new devices, models, theorems, physical theories, techniques, or methods in technology, engineering, computing, natural science, or social science.||Analysis of, and possibly collections of, data using accepted methodologies from the natural, social, biological, or health sciences. Includes studies involving human subjects, biology field studies, data mining, observation and pattern recognition in physical and/or socio- behavioural data.|
|Replicate a known experiment to confirm previous findings.||Build a model or device to duplicate existing technology or to demonstrate a well-known physical theory or social/behavioural intervention.||Existing published material is presented, unaccompanied by any analysis.|
Extend a known experiment with modest improvements to the procedures, data gathering and possible applications.
|Improve or demonstrate new applications for existing technological systems, social or behavioural interventions, existing physical theories or equipment, and justify them.||Existing published material is presented, accompanied by some modest analysis and/or a rudimentary study is undertaken that yields limited data that cannot support an analysis leading to meaningful results.|
Devise and carry out an original experiment. Identify the significant variables and attempt to control them. Analyse the results using appropriate arithmetic, graphical or statistical methods.
|Design and build innovative technology; or provide adaptations to existing technology or to social or behavioural interventions; extend or create new physical theory. Human benefit, advancement of knowledge, and/or economic applications should be evident.||The study is based on systematic observations and a literature search. Quantitative studies should include appropriate analysis of some significant variable(s) using arithmetic, statistical, or graphical methods. Qualitative and/or mixed methods studies should include a detailed description of the procedures and/or techniques applied to gather and/or analyse the data (e.g. interviewing, observational fieldwork, constant comparative method, content analysis).|
Devise and carry out original experimental research in which most significant variables are identified and controlled. The data analysis is thorough and complete.
|Integrate several technologies, inventions, social/behavioural interventions or design and construct an innovative application that will have human and/or commercial benefit.||The study correlates information from a variety of peer-reviewed publications and from systematic observations, and reveals significant new information, or original solutions to problems. Same criteria for analysis of significant variables and/or description of procedures/techniques as for Level 3.|
|Part B: Originality and Creativity Weight: 33%|
|Level 1||Level 2||Level 3||Level 4|
The project design is simple with little evidence of student imagination. It can be found in books or magazines.
|The project design is simple with some evidence of student imagination. It uses common resources or equipment. The topic is a current or common one||This imaginative project makes creative use of the available resources. It is well thought out, and some aspects are above average.||
This highly original project demonstrates a novel approach. It shows resourcefulness and creativity in the design, use of equipment, construction and/or the analysis.
|Part C: Communication Weight: 17%|
|The level is based on four elements: visual display, oral presentation, project report with background research, and logbook|
|Level 1||Level 2||Level 3||Level 4|
Most or all of the four elements are simple, unsubstantial or incomplete. There is little evidence of attention to effective communication. In a pair project, one member may have dominated the presentation.
|Some of the four elements are simple, unsubstantial or incomplete, but there is evidence of student attention to communication. In a pair project, one member may have made a stronger contribution to the presentation.||All four elements are complete and demonstrate attention to detail and substance. The communication components are each well thought out and executed. In a pair project, both members made an equitable contribution to the presentation.||All four elements are complete and exceed reasonable expectations of a student at this age/grade. The visual display is logical and self-explanatory, and the exhibit is attractive and well-presented. The project report and logbook are informative, clearly written, and the bibliography extends beyond web-based articles. The oral presentation is clear, logical, and enthusiastic. In a group project, both members contributed equitably and effectively to the presentation|