Informational Handbook - Symposium Judges

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The City-wide STEM Exhibition Symposium will be
      held at Illinois Tech on March 16, 2023

Please arrive at Illinois Tech by 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 16, 2023. Specific instructions on the exact location were included in the letter of introduction mailed with this handbook. Signs will direct you to the auditorium where you will receive your name tag, assigned project numbers, and judging packet from your room coordinator. Be sure to bring the papers that you received and were to have read before the Symposium date. You will need them during the presentations.

After each presentation, turn in the results to your moderator. It will help the coordinator if the results can be reviewed and accumulated as they become available.

If you find that you cannot be present on the morning of Thursday, March 19, 2020, please send the papers with an alternate judge. If this is not possible, please inform us by telephoning 773-753-1397, the direct line to the STEM Exhibition Judging headquarters. This number will be available beginning Tuesday, March 14, 2023.

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8:00 a.m. - 8:25 a.m. Judges report to the auditorium.
Coffee and rolls will be available.
8:30 a.m. - 8:55 a.m. Registration
Orientation by Coordinator
Judging Instructions
9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Morning Symposia Sessions:
- Locations TBA
11:45 a.m. -12:45 p.m. Luncheon (Columbian Room)
12:45 p.m. - 12:55 p.m. Afternoon Judges report to the
1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Afternoon Symposia Sessions:
- Locations TBA

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Scoring for Symposium 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. The Symposium provides the students with an opportunity to present the results of their research to a panel of judges. This section of the STEM Exhibition stresses the importance of written and formally spoken words as a means of communication. The Symposium also provides encouragement and recognition for those students who may become scientists in the future.

The high point for most students who participate in the Symposium is the opportunity to discuss their papers with interested adults who are distinguished critics. Feel free to discuss any aspect of the students' work. They deeply appreciate your constructive comments.

Each project should be evaluated on the basis of areas of competence which are listed in the "Criteria for Symposium Judging". A grading rubric and score sheet will be provided with specific directions for their use. The maximum score possible is 99 points. The "0" space will be reserved for no-show projects. If you have a no-show, please leave that score blank.

Approximately 10 to 15 of the students presenting outstanding papers will represent the Chicago Public Schools at the state competition. Please keep this in mind as you make your decisions.

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Criteria for Symposium Judges

The grading rubric will describe each of the following areas of competence.*

Scientific Method: 53 Maximum Points
Evidence of knowledge gained
B Evidence of scientific approach
C Evidence of experimental approach: variable
D Evidence of experimental approach: control group
E Validity of data
F Validity of conclusion
G Originality

Oral Report: 16 Maximum Points
Presentation quality
K Dynamics

Written Report: 30 Maximum Points
M Safety Sheet
N Title/Table of Contents
O Purpose and Hypothesis
P Review of Literature
Q Materials
R Procedure
S Results
T Conclusions
U Reference List
V Conventions

*The areas of competence are also described here.

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