• Judging Divisions

    Kirkwood offers five judging divisions.  The first four align with the Academy of Science St. Louis Science Fair.

    1. 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.
    2. Secondary: This is for grades 6 through 12.  Submissions can be made by individual students.  Team projects are NOT an option.
    3. 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. 

      1.  Ask:  Identify the need and constraint
      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
    4. 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.
    5. 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.
Last Modified on October 31, 2022