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Project Judging

Author: fllCoach | Files under Competition, Research Project

For the Project judging, your team will walk in and set up for their presentation. When all has settled down, the judge will tell the team to start whenever they are ready and start the timer. They are given 5 minutes to do their presentation.

Depending on the judge and the tournament, some judges will let the team go over the 5 minutes for a few seconds. Others will cut them off right at the 5 minute mark. The team will usually get a 1 minute warning. When the presentation is done, the judge will ask questions of the team.

I have coached my teams to come together in front of the judge after the presentation. They should ignore any other audience (family and friends) in the room. This is true of the presentation itself as well. Remember, the true audience is the presentation judge, not anyone else that happens to be in the room.

In judging the work your team did in researching the Project, the judge will again use the rubrics as provided by FIRST. If you read through them, you will be able to come up with some questions for your team. Here are some questions I’ve heard in years past:

  • What problem are you solving?
  • What is your solution?
  • Where did your get information (sources)?
  • Who did you share information with?
  • What is your community?
  • How did you decide on topics?
  • How did the team select the question?
  • How did the team do the research?
  • How did the team select the format?
  • What did you learn from your research?
  • What did you learn that helped you in school?
  • What would you differently if you could do it over again?

Those first four are critically important. They are the basis of what the judges are looking for with the Project. Answer those questions with confidence and your team will do well.

Of course, they will have to show what they learned through the process. Add questions specific to your team’s solution. Our solution this year involves an allergy therapy. So questions for my team would include inquiries about side effects, advantages over medications or allergy shots, and why it’s better than other forms of allergy treatment.

It can be hard to come up with questions since you guided them in the research, but try to look on the solution with fresh eyes. What would an expert ask about the solution? Find someone with expertise in the field to present back to. This will get questions that you haven’t thought of and will get you an answer for question #4 above, a very important requirement for the Project.

In Minnesota, at the regional tournaments, the presentation and teamwork judging occur at the same time. There is one judge for each and they both ask questions of the team. That may or may not be the case in other states. In the next day or two, I’ll post questions that the teamwork judge will ask.

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