Science Fair Grading Rubric:
Correct Format   60 points
Hypothesis  10
Procedure      10
Problem/Purpose 10
Results   10
Conclusion  10
Materials   10

Board Appearance   20 points
Charts/Picture            15 points
Turned  in on time       5 points


Display Board Sample

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All students will complete a science fair project this year. The due date for this project is NOVEMBER 18 and the Norwayne Art and Science event is Nopvember 21, where all projects will be displayed and the winners will be announced.

Your child will need to decide on a project early enough to make sure they have enough time to complete their project.  A Science Fair Project Approval Sheet was given to your child with his/her Science Fair Project packet to help them organize and stay on track.  This needs to be signed by you and me before he/she begins the project.  For Science Fair project ideas use the internet. Two great sites for students are and Discovery Education’s Science Fair Central: (

Each of these sites provides ideas, guidelines, materials,presentation suggestions and other information essential to completing an awesome project. Encourage your child to choose a topic they are interested in completing.  A Tri-Fold Display Board is required for the project and it is a good idea to buy one now while Michaels, Hobby Lobby, and other retailers have them fully stocked. 

Below you will find the Wayne County’s Science Fair guidelines attached along with the criteria on how projects will be judged. Along with being a school requirement, this project is also 2 test grades.

Subject: Science Fair   
The Norwayne Science Fair is November 21 . The same judging criteria will apply. 
Everyone has to participate in the school's competition and those projects will count as a class grade.


The displays may be no wider than 48 inches, no taller than 48 inches and no deeper than 30 inches. No living creatures will be displayed including animals, plants and microbes (bacteria, algae, fungi). No organisms, fungi, cultured growth, spoiled food or molds will be displayed. No human or animal parts, preserved animals, dry plant materials, soil, waste materials, food, or chemicals (including water) will be displayed. No sharp items, controlled substances, flames, tanks containing combustibles, exposed machinery, dangerous electrical equipment or personal information (name, address, phone number) will be displayed. Photographs and written documents should be the bulk of the display. Several official documents must be completed for each project if the students want to be able to go on to regional competition. 


Each middle school may enter four projects in the 6-8 division (and one in the grade 3-5 division if they have a 5th grade). These projects must be identified as being in the Biological, Earth, Physical or Technology subdivision. They should be individual

projects. Winning projects will receive a ribbon and have their entry fee paid if they enter the Regional Competition in Wilmington. Official paperwork will be required of all projects going to Regional Competition.


Judging Criteria


Problem – to what degree is the problem new and/or different for the student, and how well is it written?

            0 No problem statement

            1 Incomplete problem statement

            2 Complete problem statement

            3 Complete, well written problem statement and a new idea for the student


Hypothesis – to what degree is this a testable prediction?

            0 No hypothesis

            1 Incomplete hypothesis

            2 Hypothesis present, but not completely testable

            3 Hypothesis well written and testable


Experimental Design – how well is the plan developed to validate the hypothesis?

            0 Lacks overall plan to validate or confirm the hypothesis

            1 Partial plan to validate or confirm the hypothesis

            2 Sufficient plan to validate or confirm the hypothesis

            3 Exemplary plan to validate or confirm the hypothesis


Experimental Procedure – to what degree does the sequential experimental process       connect the hypothesis, data, and results?

            0 Experimental procedures not listed

            1 Experimental procedures are incomplete and/or not listed step-by-step

            2 Experimental procedures are complete and listed in a step-by-step manner

            3 Experimental procedures are quantitatively and/or qualitatively listed step-by-step


Variables and Controls – how well are the variables identified and controlled?

            0 No variables are identified or controlled

            1 Variables are identified but not controlled

            2 Variables are identified and some variables are controlled

            3 Variables are carefully identified and controlled


Materials/Equipment – how were the items utilized in appropriate and/or new ways?

            0 No materials/equipment identified/used

            1 materials not appropriately identified and/or used safely

            2 Materials appropriately identified and used safely

            3 Materials carefully identified and used above expectations


Data Collection – how appropriate are the method, number of trials, and quantity of data?

            0 No quantitative data collected

            1 Insufficient data collected

            2 Sufficient data collected

            3 Data collected above expectations


Data Presentation – how well do the graphs, tables, logs, charts, etc, present the data?

            0 No presentation of the data

            1 Data partially and/or not clearly presented

            2 Data sufficiently and clearly presented

            3 Data presentation is above expectations


Data Analysis – how well are the results interpreted? How well have the possible errors been analyzed?

            0 No interpretation of data

            1 Partial interpretation of data

            2 Correct and appropriate interpretation of data

            3 Comprehensive and significant interpretation of data with error analysis


Outcomes – how well are the conclusions and/or products identified and interpreted?    How important are the findings?

            0 No conclusions and/or products identified

            1 Incomplete conclusions and/or products identified

            2 Apparent conclusions and/or products identified

            3 Inherent, significant conclusions and/or products clearly identified


Applications – how well are the new relationships, ideas, and/or additional investigations identified and presented?

            0 No applications are identified

            1 Applications are vaguely identified

            2 Apparent applications are identified

            3 Significant, practical applications are identified


Visual Display – how well is the project constructed and organized? Are spelling and sentence structure correct?

            0 Poor display / construction / grammar

            1 Fair display / construction / grammar

            2 Good display / construction / grammar

            3 Exemplary display / construction / grammar


Oral presentation – how clear / well prepared is the presentation? How complete is the presenter’s knowledge and use of resources?

            0 Poor presentation, lack of knowledge, no use of resources

            1 Fair presentation, little knowledge / poor use of resources

            2 Good presentation, adequate knowledge / adequate use of resources

            3 Exemplary presentation, superior knowledge / superior use of resources


Interview – how precisely are questions answered? How complete is the student’s understanding of the experimental work?

            0 Cannot answer questions adequately and precisely

            1 Partially answered questions

            2 Adequate, precise answers to most questions

            3 Exemplary, precise answers to all questions

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