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. Grades K through 4 have the option of a two-student team from the same school. A Classroom project is another option but only for grades K through 4. A teacher must supervise and 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.
- 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, you are to follow 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: 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.