Kirkwood offers five judging divisions. The first four align with the Academy of Science St. Louis Science Fair.
- Elementary: This is for grades K through 5. There are NO team projects this year due to Covid-19. Projects can be for an individual or for a classroom project. Classroom project is an option only for grades K through 4. A teacher must register the class project.
- Secondary: This is for grades 6 through 12. Submissions can be made by individual students. Team projects are NOT an option this year.
- Makers: This option showcases Engineering, Invention, and Models. Scoring rubrics follow the 2020 Missouri Learning Standards: Grade-Level Expectations AND Teach Engineering STEM curriculum for K through 12 Engineering Design Process template that emphasizes open-ended problem solving.
For Maker Projects, we followed the Engineering Design Process.
- Ask: Identify the need and constraint
- Research: The problem
- Imagine: Develop possible solutions
- Plan: Select a promising solution
- Create: Building a prototype
- Test: Test and evaluate prototype
- Improve: Redesign as needed
- Ask: Identify the need and constraints
- Research Paper Division: New for 2021. This is for projects on bacteria, virus, fire or hazardous materials. Students may NOT handle, sample or test, but can study available data 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 judged. 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 Area Science Fair.