University of Wollongong Illawarra Coal Science Fair

How Will I Be Judged?

Students will be given a score in five main areas. The marking guidelines for those areas are as follows:

1. Scientific Processes

  • Is there a clear aim and hypothesis?
  • Is there evidence of background research?
  • Does the experiment test what it is supposed to?
  • Have there been repetitions of the experiment?
  • Is there sufficient data to support the conclusion?
  • Have variables been identified?
  • Was it a fair test? i.e is there only one independent variable? Are all other variables controlled?
  • Have problems associated with the experiment been discussed and solutions suggested?
  • Are ideas for future research given?
  • Are references given?

2. Student Explanation

  • Is the student able to discuss and explain their project?
  • Can they explain things without reading from the board?
  • Are the students able to answer your questions?

3. Written Communication

  • Has the student expressed their ideas well in the written form?
  • Is the layout easy to read and to follow?
  • Are there spelling and grammatical errors?

4. Project Creativity

  • How creative is the student's project idea?
  • Has the student developed their project in an original and creative way?

5. Project Presentation

  • Has the project been presented in an appealing way?
  • Does the presentation make you want to know more about the project?

For Innovation Reports

The scientific method helps us to better understand our world and universe, and may lead to ideas about how we can improve our quality of life, nurture the health of our planet, and grow new industries. Innovation is science that leaves the lab, encompassing new methods, technologies and products that should be designed to benefit humanity and care for our environment.

gemaker sponsors prizes for innovative students proposing science-based solutions to real-world problems. Two (2) gemaker Innovation Prizes will be awarded: to the best Primary School Innovation Report and the best Secondary School Innovation Report. Only one entry in each category is permitted per school.

To be considered for these prizes, an individual student should complete an Innovation Report which includes diagrams/pictures, answering the following questions:

  1. What is the name of your innovation?
  2. What problem does your innovation address or solve?
  3. How is the problem currently addressed or solved?
  4. How does / would your innovation work?
  5. How is your solution better than existing solutions?

A score will be given for each category. In addition, your report will be judged on creativity, clarity and presentation quality.


Hugh Gabor from Chevalier College explains his project: the effect of oestrogen on the ovotestis of the garden snail.
Judging of entrants.
Juding of entrants.

Last reviewed: 27 September, 2017