The primary purpose of a science project is to encourage students to think critically and to investigate. It has helped the student learn how to learn.
The scientific method is a pattern of inquiry that forms a structure for advancing scientific understanding. The process: identify a problem, form a hypothesis, design and construct an experiment, collect data, analyze results, and form a conclusion. Scientists, using this approach, have answered questions ranging from the simplest to the most complex.
The Judges' Rubric is also available as a pdf file.
|Originality of Question||Original research||Unique perspective on a traditional project||Embellish an existing idea||No originality (canned project)|
|Hypothesis||Thoroughly developed with “I think…because….”||Sufficiently developed.||Partially developed.||Major flaws.|
|Procedures/Organization||Easy to follow sequence of the Scientific Method.* Language is clear and correct.||Easy to follow sequence of the Scientific Method. Some language errors.||Somewhat difficult to follow because of lapses of the sequence of the Scientific Method.||Difficult to follow; no sequence of the Scientific Method.|
|Investigation Trials||Experiment was performed more than 2 times.||Experiment was performed 2 times.||Experiment was performed 1 time.||Experiment was performed incompletely.|
|Analysis||Data is clearly presented and directly relates to hypothesis/question.||Data is reasonably presented and shows good relationship to hypothesis/question.||Data is minimally presented and shows some relationship to hypothesis/question.||Data is not presented and no relationship to hypothesis/question is evident.|
|Evaluation/ Conclusion||A logical conclusion has been drawn from the data collected, and answers the hypothesis/question and/or raises a new hypothesis/question. Has real world application.||A logical conclusion has been drawn from the data collected.||A fairly reasonable conclusion has been drawn from the data collected.||The conclusion drawn is not shown to relate to the data collected.|
* The Scientific Method consists of: hypothesis/question, investigation/testing, analysis/evaluation, and conclusion.
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