The criteria judges use to evaluate your project.
Judging for special prizes
Community Impact Award
The Community Impact Award, sponsored by Scientific American, honors a project that can make a practical difference by addressing an environmental, health or resources challenge. Submissions should be innovative, easy to put into action, and able to be expanded to other communities. All participants will be considered for this award as part of the main judging process.
Google Technologist Award
The Google Technologist Award celebrates a project which has the potential to make a difference, through outstanding and innovative work in the computer science and math fields.
The Virgin Galactic Pioneer Award
The Virgin Galactic Pioneer Award honors a project in the area of physics.
The National Geographic Explorer Award
The National Geographic Explorer Award honors a project in the natural sciences.
The LEGO Builder Award
The LEGO Education Builder Award honors those students who use an innovative, hands-on approach to solve some of the greatest engineering challenges.
The Scientific American Innovator Award
The Scientific American Innovator Award honors a project in pure science.
The Inspiring Educator Award
The Inspiring Educator Award honors the contributions of one outstanding educator who goes above and beyond to encourage their students to achieve great things.
The Incubator Award
The The Incubator Award celebrates a student between the ages of 13 and 15 whose project shows extraordinary promise in a field of science or engineering.
What happens after the submission deadline passes?
After the competition closes, make sure to stay in touch! We’ll be having lots of great Hangouts and other events up until the announcements.