How to Assess a Scientific Investigation

Detailed rubrics for judging a scientific investigation are available on the Judging Rubrics page but general guidelines are below and can be used by students and/or parents as a checklist.

Criteria for Judging a Scientific Investigation, Years 3-4 & Years 5-6

Your project will be judged on whether it contains clear, consistent and convincing evidence of your ability to conduct a scientific investigation and to communicate your work appropriately.

The judges will look for clear, consistent and convincing evidence that you:

  • identified a problem that can be tested scientifically
  • were creative in the selection of the problem or its solution
  • conducted a scientific investigation using the principles of fair testing
  • selected suitable technology and materials for testing
  • made predictions and observations
  • recorded appropriate data
  • explained the science content related to your investigation
  • discussed the results and how they contributed to your conclusion, and
  • communicated your communicated your investigation using appropriate language

Criteria for Judging a Scientific Investigation, Years K-2

Judges will look for evidence that a student has

  • actively completed a scientific investigation that incorporated fair testing
  • had shown originality in the idea and creativity in the investigative methods
  • had a clear understanding of the relevant science concepts
  • collected background information and made appropriate predictions
  • carefully selected suitable materials and equipment
  • collected meaningful and sufficient data
  • systematically recorded data and included appropriate graphical display with or without digital technologies
  • justified strategies and suggested plausible explanations for the results
  • made valid conclusions that show how the investigation is important
  • used a logbook to map the progress of the investigation over time
  • acknowledged all assistance given
  • used effective language and formatting to communicate with the intended audience