New Judging Rubrics

Major Categories

All entries in the 2018 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 Industrial Arts Technology Education‘s “IIATE 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.


New Judging Rubrics for each Category    *now finalised*

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 now 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 ***


(ii) STEM Category 2 – Working Technologically Rubrics


 (iii) STEM Category 3 – Working Mathematically Rubrics


** 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**

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