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Schedule for Judges

THANK YOU for volunteering your time and energy for the 2021 Chicago Public Schools STEM Exhibition!

Virtual judging for the Regional exhibitions will take place beginning at 8:00 A.M. on Monday February 1, 2021 and end at 6:00 P.M. on Saturday, February 13, 2021.

Virtual judging for the City-wide exhibition will take place beginning at 8:00 A.M. on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 and end at 6:00 P.M. on Wednesday, March 17, 2021.

If you find that you cannot complete the evaluation of all of your assigned exhibits, please inform us as soon as possible at cjkessinger@cps.edu

The Judging Process

You may judge the exhibits in any order at any time.  If you cannot complete the judging of an exhibit you may come back to it at a later time and continue.

For each student you will  have access to their entire paper (which you will have the option to download) and a link to a YouTube video created by the student. The YouTube video will be of the student presenting their project with a PowerPoint presentation (replacing the students having a board) which you will be able to pause and watch as many times as you want.

Due to the safety protocols put into place by CPS, there unfortunately will be no direct interactions with students and judges (no Q&A by email or video chat).

Each project should be evaluated on the basis of areas of competence which are listed in the "Sample Judging Rubrics" below.  The maximum score possible is 100 points. 

After completing your judging for each exhibit, enter your score(s) and comments  in the Survey Monkey form provided.

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.

If you  cannot connect with the exhibit, please notify us at cjkessinger@cps.edu.

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.


Sample Judging Rubrics 
Experimental Investigation Exhibit
Design Investigation Exhibit
Mathematics Exhibit