Judging Criteria


Projects are judged on overall quality and on the progress that your team makes during the AiS Challenge year.  Remember that it is important to submit a project that is complete. Modest but complete results are more impressive than a grand scheme with no solid results.


When examining projects, the judges consider the scientific content; the effectiveness of the computational approach; the creativity, innovation, and initiative that you showed in developing and carrying out the project; and the clarity of your presentation.


As you prepare your project for the judging, you might want to use the following checklist of items that the judges will consider.


1. Scientific Content


2. Effectiveness of the Computational Approach


3. Creativity and Innovation


4. Clarity, Conciseness, and Organization

5. Teamwork




Original Code versus Borrowed Code.


You must decide whether to write your own computer code or borrow existing code.  The judges might give credit to a team for writing an original program; however, teams who use existing code are not downgraded.  In making this decision, you should look at your team's programming strengths, the type of code you need for the problem you are working on, and the approach that will give you the best overall solution.


If you do use borrowed code, be sure to acknowledge the originator of the code.  Indicate any modifications that you make to the code and explain the purpose of the modifications.