Final Report Guidelines
This page contains information about format, content, and how to submit
your final report. Another page is provided to offer assistance
writing your final report.
Every team is required to submit an electronic copy (no faxes)
of the final report via e-mail e.g. as a Microsoft Word or OpenOffice document
(team_xxx_report.doc/team_xxx_report.odt) attached to an e-mail message to
finalreport13 at challenge dot nm dot org
Teams are further encouraged (but not required) to submit a
Web-based Presentation of the final report. An award for
the "Best Web-based Presentation of a Final Report" will be given during
the Awards Ceremony.
Email your ELECTRONIC-COPY to:
Your report should focus on your project rather than on the experiences
of your team. The report must show that you conducted a scientific
investigation, obtained results, and arrived at some conclusions. Be sure to
include the following:
- an executive summary that is shorter than one page
- a statement of the problem that you have investigated
- a description of the method you used to solve your problem
- a discussion of how you verified and validated your model
- the results of your study
- the conclusions you reached by analyzing your results
- the software, references, tables, and other products of your work
- your most significant achievement on the project
- an acknowledgment of the people and organizations that helped you
Be sure to follow the rules that govern the submittal of final reports so
that your team is not disqualified. Please keep a copy of your report in case
any problems arise in delivering it or copying it for the judges.
You will also need to bring a copy of your report to Los
Alamos when you do your presentation for the judges. Please
follow these guidelines for your report:
- Use 8.5- by 11-inch paper.
- Allow one-inch margins at the top, bottom, and sides.
- Spacing should be 1 1/2 or double spaced.
Include a cover page in your final report with the following information:
your project name, team number, school, team members, sponsoring teacher,
and project mentor.
This sample cover page shows you what information you should give and
how you should arrange it. When you prepare your cover page, you will change
the words shown in italic type face to the proper information for your team
Carefully check your final report for spelling and typographical errors.