Plant Science Project Award entries
The Plant Science Project Award entries are judged (by a team of Hermitage Research Facility staff) on the presentation and content provided within student’s scientific reports, posters, videos, PowerPoint presentations (and/or other submitted formats) and science journals.
Students are grouped into four year categories for judging purposes:
- Years P-2
- Years 3-6
- Years 7-9
- Years 10-12
Judges will provide a score (usually out of 50) for each entry and will be looking for evidence of the following criteria elements:
|Presentation||Neatness, creativeness, grammar/spelling, layout of text and images, use of scientific report structure||10|
|Method/content||Evidence of having completed all required activities and experiments as outlined, demonstrated understanding of scientific method and processes, science journal content, thorough observations made, data displayed in tables/graphs, photographs/sketches/samples/media clippings included, background research/information on topic, going the extra mile - further experimentation or activities undertaken including farm/industry visits, interviews with professionals, etc.||20|
|Discussions/conclusions||Interpretation and explanation of experiment results, outcomes compared to original hypothesis, explore the importance/significance of results, how do results relate to agricultural/environmental issues and current information on the topic, outline any new research questions that your results have suggested, include answers to questions outlined with each competition activity (if applicable), how could the experiments be improved – what would you do differently next time.||20|
Note: weightings for marks may change slightly from year to year (without notice), depending on the competition topic and requirements.
Art in AgRiculTure Award entries
Staff from the Warwick Art Gallery (sponsors of the Art in AgRiculTure Awards) visit the Hermitage Research Facility each year to judge the artwork entries.
Artworks are grouped together according to the year level and one student per year level (P-12) is selected as the winner. Highly commended prizes may also be awarded to other students within each year level.
Group artworks (created by teams or a whole class) are usually not awarded individual prizes but are eligible for the overall 'Most Outstanding School Art in AgRiculTure Awards'. These awards are awarded to a 'school' or 'class', rather than an 'individual'. The schools that have submitted the most outstanding art entries overall are declared the overall winner and runner-up.
When selecting winners, judges look for artworks that fit the brief, are unique, interesting and display a high level of creativity, skill, effort, attention to detail and also have a hint of scientific flair!