The principal objective of The Ohio Junior Academy of Science Council of The Ohio Academy of Science is to discover and foster interest in science and math among students in grades 5-12.

Students, through the progressive development of science projects at local, district and state science days, are evaluated by judges using four criteria:

  • Knowledge achieved
  • Effective use of scientific or engineering method
  • Clarity of expression
  • Originality and creativity

Using these criteria, judges assign ratings of superior, excellent, good or satisfactory. The Academy does not rank students or compare projects.

Project Components

A student research project displayed at a science day is expected to have the following components

  1. An identified problem for which the student has designed an experiment to test his or her hypothesis or an engineering or computer science topic for which the student has presented a thorough analysis of the process and possibly how the process could be improved
  2. A detailed research report
  3. A physical display
  4. An oral presentation

Expectations of Judges

  • Follow the guidelines for judging student projects as stated in The Ohio Academy of Science Standards list.
  • Model professional manners while interacting with students throughout the day.
  • Help foster the student's continued interest in scientific research.
  • Listen attentively to each student's presentation and provide students with positive comments as well as constructive suggestions for improvement.
  • Congratulate the student on his or her level of achievement.
  • Sign and turn in judging cards promptly.

Successful Judges

A Successful Judge is Caring, Knowledgeable and has a Positive Attitude.

A Successful Judge is Courteous, Patient and Calm.

A Successful Judge is Genuinely interested in young people

Benefits of Judging

  • To support students interested in scientific research.
  • To provide The Ohio Academy of Science with qualified professionals.
  • To engage in collegiality with fellow scientists and educators.
  • To fulfill commitments from employers for support of science education.
  • To keep abreast of current topics of interest in science and technology.
  • To demonstrate the importance of "giving back" to the scientific and education community for the benefits received in your career.
  • To acknowledge high achievement of students.
  • To encourage youth science opportunities.
  • To be a role model for students.
  • To gain personal fulfillment while being viewed as an expert.