No experience is needed to be a judge! Our judges are generally comprised of educators and adults in private industry who have a passion for encouraging students as they build 21st century skills. If you are volunteering to be a judge, please be sure you are available for both the date of the event and the inclement weather date.
IMPORTANT: All prospective judges MUST read the rules and procedures of judging for the Tech Competition. All projects will be judged by the following:
Originality—Was the entry original, creative, and imaginative in content and implementation?
Clarity—Was the student presentation to the judge clear? (Nervousness will not count against the student)
Documentation—Did the student receive and document all required permissions?
Appropriateness—Was the technology/software used appropriately matched?
Design—Does the overall design support the project purpose?
At the time of the judging, students will be required to:
Demonstrate an understanding of the software as it relates to the project.
Explain the various aspects of the creation of the project.
Defend their choice of software for the project.
Answer judges' questions about the project.
Judge periods are 15 minutes for ALL categories. To allow time for judges to fill out the Student Feedback form, students should be prepared to explain and demonstrate the highlights of their project in no more than 15 minutes. Projects are evaluated by the judges to determine the best project in that category. The judges use several instruments for making their evaluation. Judges will provide each student with a feedback form listing strengths, weaknesses, and suggestions for each project. Actual scoring materials will NOT be released.
Go to the Categories page to read the descriptions of the categories and download rubrics that can be used to find strength and weaknesses of a project. Judges will NOT base final scores solely on these rubrics. They are guidelines only.
Rules and Procedures: Please read carefully through the information below to familiarize yourself with the rules and procedures of the Tech Competition. Even if you have judged before, it is important for you to review these pages to brush up on any new rules or procedures for this year.
All judge decisions are FINAL
JUDGING You have a strict 15 minute window to judge a project.
Judges must judge all projects in a single grade-band category.
HOW TO JUDGE PROJECTS These guidelines will also apply virtually; with some variations. You and any other judges that are judging the same category will receive all materials that you will need to complete your assigned categories. You will have information on each project, a rubric guideline sheet for each project on which to keep notes, and a student feedback sheet. You will keep all assessment materials until you have seen ALL projects in a grade/category. After seeing all projects in a given grade/category group, you and any other judge on your team will rank the first, second, and third place projects according to your interview and project assessment.
RESULTS As you complete the judging and ranking of a grade/category, you will submit your first, second, and third place results on the results on the judging platform. Ties are NOT allowed, so you must rank the top three projects separately.
Thank you for volunteering for this exciting and rewarding opportunity for our students!