Judging, Evaluations and Awards

For STEM Expo 7 (2017) there are three core pieces of information that are used for the purpose of evaluation of entries and determination of ranking. The official release of the PDF documents are in the links at the bottom of this page.

Here are additional links to the web versions:

These documents above are always under review and may change at any time. Note, however, that any changes within three months prior to the event will be minor corrections or clarifications only.

If there are discrepancies between the online version and the printed (PDF) version, the printed version is to be considered to be accurate and takes precedence.

When looking at these rubrics while preparing a student project entry please consider the following:

  • There is no point value assigned to any specific portion of the rubric. While the various sections are not necessarily weighted the same, an outstanding entry will do well in all of them.
  • The judges will use all three core documents (above) when evaluating the entries.
  • Each category description tells what is recommended for a successful entry -- so be sure to review all documents when creating your project!
  • Each project will have areas of greater strength -- We do not expect those areas to be the same. Our intent is to recognize the successes in each project.
  • Rubrics and projects are evaluated with age appropriate guidelines. (e.g. A 12th grade entry is held to different standards than a 4th grade entry.)

The judges' filled-out rubrics will be returned to each project owner at the conclusion of STEM Expo.

Please note: We specifically give minimal requirements for each category as we want to encourage creativity as much as possible. 


Evaluation and Award age groupings are arranged as per the number of entries, so as to provide an appropriate base of entries for the awards. See the Entry Rules and General Requirements section 9.1

December 2016 - Initial Release for STEM Expo 7 (2017)