2019 Judging Rubrics

Major Categories

All entries in the 2019 STANSW Young Scientist Awards must take the form of an investigation, invention, innovative device or an ICT application. Each entry is in the running for 150+ committed prizes being provided by our sponsors. Each Sponsored Award has a specific judging criteria, outlined on our Prizes webpage.

For our three major categories of Working Scientifically, Working Technologically and Working Mathematically, we are honored to have these major Category Awards sponsored by the respective professional teacher associations that represent STEM education in NSW:

(i) STEM Category 1 – Working Scientifically:  Science Teachers’ Association of New South Wales Inc‘s “STANSW Scientific Investigation Awards”, projects will be assessed on the level of Working Scientifically outcomes that have been achieved.

(ii) STEM Category 2 – Working Technologically:  Institute of Technology Education‘s “ITE Innovation and Engineering Design Awards”, secondary projects will be assessed on the level of the Working Technologically outcomes that have been achieved. OSHClub‘s “OSHClub Inventions and Innovation Awards”, primary projects will be assessed on the level of the Working Technologically outcomes that have been achieved.

(iii) STEM Category 3 – Working Mathematically:  Mathematical Association of NSW Inc‘s “MANSW Working Mathematically Awards”, projects will be assessed on the extent that the investigation or innovation incorporates the interrelated components of Working Mathematically.

Judging Rubrics for each Category

For our major Category Awards we have a unique set of age specific judging rubrics. These rubrics are the only document that the judges use to assess a project and the winning projects are the ones that meet the criteria at the highest level (Level 5: High – Level 1: Low). The 5 distinct levels complement the five performance bands that are used in most school assessment reporting.

Generally, Level 3 will be assigned to a project that contains most Working Scientifically, Technologically or Mathematically elements but is not thorough or innovative enough to be awarded a higher level, while Levels 1 and 2 will be awarded to projects that lack necessary elements. Student projects are assessed holistically and judges are trained to assign the Level where the project best fits overall. We strongly recommend that you read the criteria before you start your project, and also at the end as a checklist to ensure you have included everything. Ask your teacher or parents for help if you do not understand what is required.

There are six age groups in the STANSW Young Scientist Awards:

  • Years K-2      Years 3-4         Years 5-6         Years 7-8           Years 9-10       Years 11-12

(i) STEM Category 1 – Working Scientifically Rubrics

Working Scientifically has two sets of rubrics depending on whether the project is a Scientific Investigation or a Survey. Surveys have been included as a subsection within Scientific Investigations. These projects involve the gathering of data in a specific area of interest using a range of sampling techniques to locate and classify features of interest, identifying variants.

*** For all these rubrics you are welcome to download the Word document and add your school crest for creating your own school document ***

  • STANSW Scientific Investigation Rubrics:
    K-2-STANSW Scientific Investigation (Word) (PDF)
    3-4-STANSW Scientific Investigation (Word) (PDF)
    5-6-STANSW Scientific Investigation (Word) (PDF)
    7-8-STANSW Scientific Investigation (Word) (PDF)
    9-10-STANSW Scientific Investigation (Word) (PDF)
    11-12-STANSW Scientific Investigation (Word) (PDF)
  • STANSW Scientific Investigation – Survey Rubrics:
    K-2-STANSW Scientific Investigation Survey (Word) (PDF)
    3-4-STANSW Scientific Investigation Survey (Word) (PDF)
    5-6-STANSW Scientific Investigation Survey (Word) (PDF)
    7-8-STANSW Scientific Investigation Survey (Word) (PDF)
    9-10-STANSW Scientific Investigation Survey (Word) (PDF)
    11-12-STANSW Scientific Investigation Survey (Word) (PDF)

(ii) STEM Category 2 – Working Technologically Rubrics

  • OSHClub Inventions and Innovations Rubrics:
    K-2 OSHClub Inventions and Innovations (Word) (PDF)
    3-4 OSHClub Inventions and Innovations (Word) (PDF)
    5-6 OSHClub Inventions and Innovations (Word) (PDF)
  • iTE Inventions and Engineering Design Rubris
    7-8 ITE Innovations and Engineering Design (Word) (PDF)
    9-10 ITE Innovations and Engineering Design (Word) (PDF)
    11-12 ITE Innovations and Engineering Design (Word) (PDF)

 (iii) STEM Category 3 – Working Mathematically Rubrics

  • MANSW Working Mathematically Rubrics:
    K-2 MANSW Working Mathematically (Word) (PDF)
    3-4 MANSW Working Mathematically (Word) (PDF)
    5-6 MANSW Working Mathematically (Word) (PDF)
    7-8 MANSW Working Mathematically (Word) (PDF)
    9-10 MANSW Working Mathematically (Word) (PDF)
    11-12 MANSW Working Mathematically (Word) (PDF)

** Projects entered into more than one category will be assessed separately against the specific rubrics for that category and will eligible for prizes in each respective category**

6 thoughts on “2019 Judging Rubrics

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  2. Annie Martin

    Hello, I have a primary student who has conducted a survey investigation and has followed the K-2 survey rubric. Which category should I enter my student in and what prizes would they be eligible for?

  3. STANSW YS Post author

    Hi Annie,
    You should enter the project into the Scientific Investigation category. Surveys form a sub-category of investigations. They would be eligible for one of the 6 Scientific investigation category awards for K-2, or one of 2 Most Promising awards (K-6) or any of the sponsored awards that their survey might be eligible for. Details of all prizes are available here http://www.youngscientist.com.au/?page_id=297. Please scroll down the page to see details for Primary awards.
    If you haven’t already done so, could I also encourage you to consider registering as a judge this year? Please see details here http://www.youngscientist.com.au/?page_id=2
    Thank you for your interest in our program.

  4. Sonya

    Hi, I have a grade 6 student who has come up with a design for a model but unfortunately the technology is not available for him to be able to demonstrate that his model works. My question is if they submit an entry in the Inventions and Innovation category does the model need to be working model.

  5. STANSW YS Post author

    Hi Sonya,

    It is obviously desirable to have a model or innovative device that works but it is not necessary. If he makes a non-working prototype that shows what he is desiring to achieve then that should still go quite well against the judging rubric. Only two of the 12 judging criteria in the judging rubric http://www.youngscientist.com.au/?page_id=665 relate to the device working, so it is very possible to score a Level 5 and hence be in the running for a prize. We also have sponsored awards such as the STANSW Most Promising Awards which are specifically for students with great ideas and showing a lot of promise.

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