Judging, Evaluations and Awards

STEM Expo 8  (2017-2018 school year) brings significant changes to the categories. As in prior years 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.

The web versions are in the process of being updated, for the mean time, the official PDFs are available at the bottom of this article.

These documents 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 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.)
  • Be sure to read information about the general judging criteria in the General Rules!

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 General Rules document for details:

December 4 2017 - Initial Release for STEM Expo 8 (2017-2018)

January 14 2017 - Revision of Science Fiction to clarify artwork entries