The Finalist Judges will read all the final reports after they are submitted on
the first Wednesday in April. During a telephone conference call on the third
Wednesday in April they will select about half a dozen teams as first-round
finalists. These teams will present their work to the Finalist Judges on the
following Monday mornin. During the time that these teams are presenting to
the Finalist Judges, all of the other teams will be making their 20 minute
poster board presentations to the Expo Judges. At the completion of these
presentations, the Expo Judges will caucus to determine award recipients and
to determine which teams will advance to the Finals as second-round finalists
(afternoon session). At the completion of judging, the Finalist Judges will
select first and second place, honorable mention, and determine other awards.
Finalist Judges evaluate each Finalist team (both morning and afternoon
sessions - typically 8 to 10 teams); most of the Finalist Judges review the
Final reports and their notes again before the presentation and most have the
Final reports on their laptops during the presentations - the questions they
ask about things covered in the Final report are part of the process of
determining whether the team actually did the work they claim and whether
they understand their project and its software (or whether they are parroting
their mentors/sponsors/teachers); the Finalist judges caucus to determine
During the Expo period, judges who are familiar with your Final Report will
visit your team and its Display Board and talk with all of you about your
work including research, scientific methodology, computational results,
and conclusions. They will ask questions to ascertain how clearly you
understand your project. All team members should be able to show that
they understand the work. Remember that you will have divided up the
work including research, model development, programming, report writing,
and the poster presentation.
All teams may bring a separate poster for the Logo contest.
Teams may choose to have one of their graphics from their Display Board
Presentation be their Logo Contest entry. Similarly, teams may indicate
on their Display Board Presentation a particular section to be considered
for the Technical Poster Award and that will become the cover
of the Final Reports publication. Posters must be comprised of original
artwork and text! You may not copy or borrow pictures, artwork, slogans,
etc. from any outside source without giving credit.
All teams are encouraged to write to Consult if they would like to
discuss their work after judging is completed.