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Schedule for Exhibit Judges

Please arrive at IIT by 8:00 a.m. on Friday, March 20, 2020. Specific instructions for th exact location were included in the letter of introduction which was mailed to you in late February. Signs will direct you to the coat storage and the "Judge's Check-in" area where you will receive a name tag and assigned project numbers. You will also receive your judging packet from your coordinator on the stage of the auditorium.

After completing your judging, return the results to the designated area on the auditorium's stage.

If you find that you cannot be present on the morning of Friday, March 20, 2020, please inform us by telephoning 630-215-5583, the direct line to the STEM Exhibition judging headquarters. This number will be available beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

7:30 a.m. Coordinators report to judging headquarters, located at the left of the stage.
Coffee and rolls will be available.
8:00 a.m. Judges report to judging headquarters.
Coffee and rolls will be available.
- Registration
8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Orientation by Judging Committee and
Judging of Exhibits
10:30 a.m. Opening Ceremony
11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. Buffet Luncheon
(Get directions from your coordinator.)
12:00 noon Recognition Luncheon-MTCC Ballroom Room (by invitation only)

Scoring for Exhibit Judges

The responsibility of judging is one of the most important functions of the STEM Exhibition. Please keep in mind that only a small percentage of the students actually go into scientific research. However, many of them will have a great deal to say about the future of science. Certainly a successful and valuable experience with science at this level could reap considerable rewards.

The purpose of the Chicago Public Schools Student STEM Exhibition is to encourage students to excel in science. It also provides the students with an opportunity to present the results of their projects to a panel of judges. This section of the STEM Exhibition stresses not only the importance of written and oral forms of communication, but also the importance of the exhibit. The STEM Exhibition provides encouragement and recognition for those students who may become scientists in the future.

The high point for most students who participate in the STEM Exhibition is the opportunity to exhibit their accomplishments before interested adults who are distinguished critics. Feel free to advise the students of any improvements that can be made on their projects. They deeply appreciate your constructive comments.

Each project should be evaluated on the basis of areas of competence which are listed in the "Judging Criteria" below. A grading rubric and score sheet will be provided with specific directions for their use. The maximum score possible is 99 points.  If you have a no-show, please leave that score blank.

Approximately 50 of the top-scoring students will receive a Gold award and represent the Chicago Public Schools at the state competition. About 35 of these students will be from high school grades 9 through 12. Another 15 students will be from grades 7 and 8. The remainder of the exhibitors will receive a Silver or Bronze Certificate. All participants are eligible for the many special awards and tours being awarded separately. Please keep this in mind as you make your decisions.

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