Dear Year 12 – 13 Students,


The way that your exhibits are judged for class awards changed  in 2016.  We made these changes so that:


  • Judging appropriately matches the new ‘Mini Conference” format

  • It fosters a collegial and fun competition

  • Judging exhibits is more efficient and effective

  • Comparisons between exhibits are easier and fairer

  • Comparisons between project categories are more equitable

  • Judges can provide constructive feedback and comments to all students


Please ensure that you are familiar with the new judging criteria and that you understand it so that you are in the best possible position to do well at the fair.  We hope that the new criteria provide a positive step forward for you and for the judges now and in the future years.

I am looking forward to meeting you all and enjoying your wonderful contributions to the Central Northland Science and Technology Fair this year!


Wishing you the very best of luck,


Chief Judge

Central Northland Science and Technology Fair




Log Books and Supporting Material

In previous years, log books contributed 30% of a senior exhibit’s marks.  From this year log books will not be marked as a criterion on their own. Log books will be considered to be support materials for senior entrants only.  Log books will not be marked, but you should bring them along with other support materials as you see fit in case you need to refer to a specific aspect of your research to answer a question put to you.


This does not mean that log books are not a necessary part of your project.  Log books are an integral and essential part of your project.  Log books provide an important record of how you planned your project, how your project progressed, how important information was collected and interpreted and any assistance you had completing your project.


Your log book can be:

  • A traditional notebook

  • Electronic note

  • An audio recording

  • A mind map

  • Or something else


As long as your log book presents an accurate record of how you planned your project, how your project progressed, how important information was collected and interpreted and any assistance you had completing your project; as long as it is appropriate for your particular project and you can justify the type of log you used, be creative! Record everything as it happens, warts and all.

Marking Schedule

This is the schedule that the judges will use to assign marks to your exhibit.  We will return the marking sheet for your science project to you.  We will do this because we want you to know what the judges loved about your project and how you can earn extra marks the next time you enter the science & technology fair.


Criteria                                                                          Awarded Mark


Scientific Thought; Understanding                              /25


Technical; Graphic Skill                                                /15


X-Factor                                                                        /15


Thoroughness; Effort                                                   /15


Conference Poster Presentation                                  /10


Conference Poster Talk                                                /10


Peer Assessment                                                          /10


Overall                                                                          /100


About the Criteria in the Marking Schedule

The following notes are intended to provide you with a guide about things the judges will look for when they assess your exhibit.


Scientific Thought; Understanding (25 Points)  The exhibit demonstrates clear scientific thought, the application of appropriate scientific, research or testing method/s, an appreciation of the need for accuracy in observation, measurement, data collection and reporting; and an understanding of the underlying or related scientific principles embraced within the project. Questions, cause and effect are identified. Predictions are stated.  Records show analysis and are presented accurately.  Conclusions are drawn and a suitable discussion is recorded.


This criterion is about how well you understand science and technology

Technical; Graphic Skill (15 Points) The project has been designed and assembled with skill and dexterity, equipment, models and the frame of the project have been well constructed; graphic materials have been carefully prepared and presented, instruments and tools have been used appropriately, living plants and animals have been well cared for, working parts are reliable; and the whole is well planned and neatly finished.


This criterion is about how well you have executed the work for your project.

X Factor (Originality) (15 Points)  In the selection of a topic or statement of the problem, uniqueness of approach, resourcefulness in obtaining, handling  and interpreting data, ingenious use of equipment and materials; illustrative materials and the display is  creative,  inventive apparatus, in-sightful conclusions or inspired applications of the principles, process or product.


This criterion is about your project being special and interesting; being different.

Thoroughness; Effort (15 Points)  The work which has gone into the project is reflected in the scope of the topic, the scale of the investigation, the detail obtained, the extent of the results, the repetition of the experiments, the construction of the project and its illustrative items, written material and other displays.  All reasonable aspects are investigated, previous work in the area is investigated. Records are suitably detailed, evidence of analysis in depth is provided in sufficient detail.  Any assistance obtained is been documented.


This criterion is about how careful you have been and how much work you have put into your project.

Conference Poster Presentation (10 Points)  The exhibit is well designed and developed to be attractive, visually interesting, informative on all aspects of the investigation, well illus­trated with photographs, models, specimens or samples; and with wide public appeal.


This criterion is about aesthetics; it is about how your project looks.


Conference Poster Talk (10 Points) The talk is well prepared and delivers all relevant information succinctly and clearly. Questions are answered with ease.  Project content is familiar.  The talk is delivered clearly with enthusiasm and is memorable.


This criterion is about oral delivery of the project; it is about how you sound come across as a scientist or technologist.


Peer Assessment (10 Points) Peers appreciate the scientific or technological work.


This criterion is the mean grade out of 10 that your peers assign to you.




Judging Criteria Yr 12 - 13

Please also read the Notes to Students: