A Description of Final Judging
Judges will read all the final reports after they are submitted on April 7.
During a telephone conference call on Wednesday, April 21, they will select
about half a dozen teams as first-round finalists. These teams will present
their work to the finalist judges in the morning of April 26. During the
time that these teams are presenting to the finalist judges, all of the other
teams will be making their 30 minute poster board presentations to the Expo
judges. At the completion of these presentations, a few more teams will be
selected to make presentations to the finalist judges. At the completion
of judging, the finalist judges will select first and second place,
honorable mention, and determine other awards.
The final judging for projects is held in Los Alamos.
The AiS Challenge judging panel is made up of scientists and computer
professionals who work in New Mexico's universities, government laboratories,
and businesses. Teams are encouraged to write to Consult if they would
like to discuss their work after judging is completed.
Finalists should bring the Display Board Presentation developed for the
Expo to Final Judging. This gives the Judges another opportunity to
study your work.
The finalist teams make 25-minute presentations of their projects to the
full panel of judges on the day before the Awards Ceremony. During each
finalist team's presentation, the various members of the team describe the
project, demonstrating their teamwork and shared work responsibilities.
See Preparing Effective
There will need to be a few minutes remaining at the end of the 25-minute
session to allow for questions from the judges. Try to imagine what
questions the judges might ask. If you can't include that information
in your presentation, be sure to prepare answers in case the questions
are asked. Decide ahead of time what topics will be covered by which
Teams will have connectivity to the Internet. A flip chart, VCR, overhead
projector, PC and computer projection will be available. Each room has a
white board. Teams need to let Consult know if they have special requirements.
PowerPoint is loaded on the PC. Teams are
welcome to bring their own laptops. Remember that software is generally
Each team has 30 minutes before judging to prepare and make sure everything
is working. A Consultant will be available to help iron out problems. At
the end of the 30 minutes the judges will come into the room and judging
will begin. At the end of the presentation and questions, the judges will
move to the other room to judge the next team. Your team needs to get your
presentation materials packed up and out so that the next team can get