Judges will be judging the quality and quantity of work done in planning and carrying out a project in pure or applied science, and how well the 4-H’er understands the project and the subject areas. Projects may involve laboratory, field or theoretical investigation, or construction that demonstrates a creative approach or original thought. Consider how completely the problem has been covered in the project, along with the age and level of experience of the 4-H’er.
Does the project demonstrate the 4-Her’s curiosity?
Does the project or display demonstrate ingenuity in the design and development of the project?
Has the 4-H’er shown creativity in the design of the display?
Is the problem stated clearly? Is it sufficiently narrow?
Is the method of investigation appropriate to the problem?
Have variables been eliminated, controls been made and results been double-checked?
Does the data collected justify the conclusion made?
Does the 4-H’er understand how the project ties in with related research?
Does the 4-H’er have an idea of what further research is indicated?
Did s/he cite scientific literature, or cite only popular literature (local newspaper, Reader's Digest, etc.? (consider age level)
Is the solution workable, acceptable to the potential user, and economically feasible?
Can the solution be successfully utilized in design or construction of some end product?
Does the solution represent a significant improvement over previous alternatives?
Does the project indicate a thorough understanding of the chosen topic?
Is the information accurate?
Has sufficient data been collected?
Does the display represent a complete story?
If it is the kind of project where notes were appropriate, how complete are they?
Is the 4-H member aware of other approaches or theories concerning the project?
How much time was spent on the project?
Is the 4-H’er familiar with the scientific literature in the field in which s/he was working?
Are the conclusions based on a single experiment or replication?
Does the project reflect the 4-Her’s own work?
Is the project sturdy and well constructed?
Is all equipment used within the 4-H member’s level of understanding or expertise?
Does the project meet safety requirements?
What assistance was received from parents, teachers, scientists or engineers?
Was the project carried out under the supervision of an adult, or did the s/he work largely on his/her own?
Is there evidence of skill in the use of the tools and methods of science?
How clearly are the data and the results presented?
Is the project self-explanatory? Can the average person understand it?
Are all lettering, signs, and diagrams neat and accurate?
Are lettering, signs and diagrams appropriately used or do they clutter or confuse?
Are visual aids an asset to understanding the project or do they clutter or confuse?
Teamwork (if applicable)
Are the tasks and contributions of each team member clearly outlined?
Was each team member fully involved with the project, and is each member familiar with all aspects?
Does the final work reflect the coordinated efforts of all team members?