Judging Criteria for Engineering Projects

  1. Research Problem (10 points)
    • ___ description of a practical need or problem to be solved
    • ___ definition of criteria for proposed solution
    • ___ explanation of constraints
  2. Design and Methodology (15 points)
    • ___ exploration of alternatives to answer need or problem
    • ___ identification of a solution
    • ___ development of a prototype/model
  3. Execution: Construction and Testing (20 points)
    • ___ prototype demonstrates intended design
    • ___ prototype has been tested in multiple conditions/trials
    • ___ prototype demonstrates engineering skill and completeness
  4. Creativity (20 points)
    • ___ project demonstrates significant creativity in one or more of the above criteria
  5. Presentation (35 points)
    1. Poster (10 points)
      • ___ logical organization of material
      • ___ clarity of graphics and legends
      • ___ supporting documentation displayed
    2. Interview (25 points)
      • ___ clear, concise, thoughtful responses to questions
      • ___ understanding of basic science relevant to project
      • ___ understanding interpretation and limitations of results and conclusions
      • ___ degree of independence in conducting project
      • ___ recognition of potential impact in science, society and/or economics
      • ___ quality of ideas for further research
      • ___ for team projects, contributions to and understanding of project by all members