High School

Judging Criteria

All applications will be initially screened to ensure application elements are complete.  Make sure you:

  • Have 1-3 Team Members + Team Lead + Team Advisor/Mentor (who must be a full-time or part-time school employee at a school attended by at least one student Team member). Students may only participate on one team. Team Advisors/Mentors can have as many teams as they choose. Please see Official Rules for more information.
  • Cite your sources and your work done prior to the Challenge launch (9/13/2012)
  • Add attachments (Optional, but strongly encouraged)

All applications that are considered complete will move on to be judged by the following criteria:

  • Identification of Environmental Issue or Problem and Research (10% of total score) - How well does the entry describe the negative effects of the environmental issue or problem with global implications. Does the entry describe the environment and/or people impacted? Did the team research the issue/problem thoroughly through a variety of sources?
  • State Hypothesis (5% of total score) - Has a hypothesis that is measurable and demonstrates creative thinking been developed?
  • Plan and Design (25% of total score) - Does the entry thoughtfully develop and clearly articulate its plan, including project steps, timeline for completion, necessary resources, proposed methodology, anticipated results, and data collection? Did the team exhibit originality in planning and designing the projects including selection of variables and use of processes and materials that are eco-friendly or sustainable? Are the roles of team members, Team Advisor/Mentor and others clearly defined? Did all team members participate in all aspects of the project?
  • Analyze and Provide Results (20% of total score) - How well does the entry describe and analyze quantitative and qualitative data and reference how the hypothesis impacted the problem?
  • Conclusion (15% of total score) - How well does the entry describe project what was learned and the impact, if any, on the problem statement? Was the solution innovative? How well does the entry describe the project results and challenges?
  • Share It (15% of total score) - How did the team inform others of the issue/problem? Did others become involved? Were findings communicated creatively? How well did the team recommend how other communities might benefit from the solution, including potential challenges?
  • Global Impact (10% of total score) - How well does the entry describe the global implications and how to implement globally?
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