Thank for judging the TCRSF Virtual Science Fair and encouraging students in STEM research! These students are our future! These instructions
are designed to help the judges efficiently navigate through the projects as well understand the judging and scoring process.
The best browsers to use are Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Firefox, or Safari. Do not use Microsoft Internet Explorer.
Judging Overview Summary
- There are 2 different interfaces to access the student projects online. Each has a different approach to accessing the student information.
- The Fair Showcase - First sub menu under the "Fair" main menu.
This is a faster interface to see projects. It does not contain the full detail of the Online Judging interface and does not contain
any ability to score the project.
Projects selections can be limited to a category. There is a search option to search
project numbers, project titles, and student names. Click on the project box presented in the interface for more information.
Navigation tip - When in the showcase, all the top menu items disappear. To leave the showcase the judge needs to click on the
TCRSF icon on the left bar. That will return the judge to the normal interface.
- Go To Online Judging - Top level menu item
This is the main judging and scoring interface. It contains more information but is harder to get a quick summary of the project than
the Fair Showcase. At times it may take up to 30 seconds to enter this page. Please be patient as that is being investigated by the vendor.
When this menu item is selected, it opens a new tab on the browser. To leave this area, just close the browser tab.
This display is divided in to 3 sections:
Project assigned to the specific judge in the Main Round of judging. There will be a score displayed if the specific judge has scored the project. The score does not
represent all the judges. See project scoring for more details.
The next section provides the ability to search projects. The search results will allow the judge to select projects not assigned to the judge.
Warning: Judges should not score projects not assigned to them unless asked by TCRSF.
The project will not show up on the upper section, will be difficult to find
again for review, and may interfere with the scoring statistics.
The last section is labeled Feedback Review. This feature is not fully functional at this time.
Student Project Contents
- Each student presents their project with pictures, an abstract, and an up to 10 minute video describing their project. (Some projects are as short as 1:45)
The Online Judging interface has access to a significant number of SRC (Scientific Review Committee) forms that generally are not
of immediate interest to the judges. It is available because in advanced competitions it may be of interest to specific judges. Of particular
interest to judges are 2 forms that help clarify the student(s) role in the project.
Regulated Research Institutional/Industrial Setting Form (1C) - This form is only present for student research conducted
in a regulated research institution. It clarifies the student contribution to the project.
Continuing/Research Progression Projects Form 7 - This form is only present for student research that is a continuation in the
same field of study as a previous project. Since judging is only on this year's work, the form helps the judge understand what
is new and/or unique this year.
- There are a few optional components that help the student summarize the project for judges who need to review a large number of projects
quickly. These optional components will be required should the student advance to international competition but can be a burden for the
student to produce so they are optional at this level.
An optional 2 minute summary video of the project.
An optional single page Quad Chart showing the project in a single page format.
Project Scoring Details
After clicking on a project - a new display will be presented to the judge with project information and a score sheet with the ability to leave helpful comments
to the student.
The button on the top labeled "Enter Judging / Interview Room" does not apply to the first round of judging as there are no interviews and the students will not
The score sheet is broken into sections, each section has a total point value. For each scoring there is a slider with values from 1-5.
This rubic is obviously designed for an in-person judging session. Please adapt as needed for your needs.
Creativity (20 pts), Design and Methodology (15 pts), Execution: Data Collection, Analysis and Interpretation(20 pts),
Presentation - Interview (25 pts), Presentation - Poster (10 pts), Research Question (10 pts).
- Your score will not be an integer value. Example, the category Design and Methodology (15 pts) has sliders with a total ability of 10.
The software automatically scales the judge responses to a scale 1-15.
The scoring includes presentation components but please use that to reflect clarity of communication, not the technical quality of the PDFs, pictures or videos.
We have students working at home with no access to school tools or resources creating these presentations with whatever tools they have in the house.
Judge the science, not their access to tools.
Scoring statistics: Not every judge uses the same numerical range for scores. The final tabulation includes both score and a
statistical z-score so that the judge's highest scoring project is considered their first pick, and the judge's lowest scoring project is considered their
- Navigation Assistance:
- Be sure to hit the Submit Score and Close button on the bottom of the page to enter a score.
- Use the close button on the top of the page to exist without scoring.
- You may go back and review/change scores and feedback comments.
Questions, Comments, or Feedback
Click on the "contact us" line on the very top of this page for a directory of how to contact TCRSF.