STEM Process Judging
1.  See Fair Schedule for proper arrival time.

2.  Collect information packet at registration table upon arrival.

3.  Attend judging orientation presentation.

4.  Circulate among projects in all categories and engage students.

5.  Initial the attendance card at each project after you have interviewed the student(s).

6.  Return any evaluation sheets to the judging table.

As a STEM Process Judge your specific responsibilities are:

  • Thorough interview and project display review, determine if the student(s) have correctly applied STEM processes. Your professional understanding of STEM processes will be the paramount guideline for this evaluation.  Below are some suggested parameters.

  • Interview ANY student--concentrating on students with more open spots on their attendance cards.

  • Immediately discontinue interview upon request by a Finalist Judge. Return to interview later if possible.

  • Entire interview should be less than 10 minutes. Remember, you are determining if the student(s) have employed appropriate PROCESS. Look for characteristic evidence of PROCESS--do not delve into the details of the project.

  • The provided STEM Evaluation Forms are OPTIONAL.   They will help give you a framework. If you choose to write comments, return them to the judging table and we will collate and distribute to the students.

  • Be positive STEM role models for these young scientists. Engage, encourage, motivate, mentor, gently critique and offer suggestions AS TIME ALLOWS.

Science “process”
The scientific method is a body of techniques for investigating phenomena, acquiring new knowledge, or correcting and integrating previous knowledge. To be termed scientific, a method of inquiry is commonly based on empirical or measurable evidence subject to specific principles of reasoning.

Technology “process”
Technology is the process of making things, using tools, materials, and process skills to bring into physical reality the plans of engineers (as well as those of other design professionals such as artists and architects)

Engineering “process”
Engineering is the profession in which a knowledge of the mathematical and natural sciences gained by study, experience, and practice is applied with judgment to develop ways to utilize economically the materials and forces of nature for the benefit of mankind.

Mathematics “process”
Mathematics is the study of topics such as quantity (numbers), structure, space, and change.  Pure mathematics explores logic without application while applied mathematics combines its study with other sciences.