• Grading Rubrics

    Kirkwood School District uses the same scoring rubrics utilized by the Academy of Science St. Louis Science Fair.  Please refer to the appropriate scoring rubric for a better understanding of the key grading points and project expectations.  Feedback may be supplied by our judges so those students advancing to ASSLSF can choose to “tweak” their project display in the time between our STEAMFest and The Academy of Science St. Louis Science Fair event.

    Research Paper Division is a newer rubric for students who want to investigate bacteria, virus, fire or hazardous materials.  If a student is interested in these topics, they are NOT allowed to handle, sample, or test.  However, they CAN study data that is available from reliable sources and submit a Research Paper limited to five pages, double spaced.

    Non-Judged:  For some students, especially in younger grades, the structure of a science fair project can reduce their excitement about “doing” science or engineering.  We offer the option of entering a project that won’t be graded.  Instead, students will receive a short feedback form about their work (comments, questions, suggestions for further exploration).  Our hope is that this will give students a positive experience that leads to a more developed project in the future.  To be clear, non-judged projects will not be considered for advancement to The Academy of Science St. Louis Science Fair event.

    Maker Division:  For Maker Projects, students should follow the Engineering Design Process. 

    1.   Ask:  Identify the need and constraints
    2.   Research:  The problem
    3.   Imagine:  Develop possible solutions
    4.   Plan:  Select a promising solution
    5.   Create:  Building a prototype
    6.   Test:  Test and evaluate prototype
    7.   Improve:  Redesign as needed
    8.   Ask:  Identify the need and constraints
Last Modified on October 31, 2022