Judging Criteria

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The judging criteria for the two age groups are slightly different . Please read carefully.

Criteria for Categories 1 to 11

 Open to Years 7-11

The following judging criteria will be applied to the students’ innovation log. The log can contain up to a maximum of 15 A4 pages and should be uploaded as file of no more than 3 Mb.  More details about the Innovation Log structure can be found in the Competition Rules for the TeenTech Awards here underneath How to Enter, Stage 2

Originality of idea . Does the idea or project show creative thinking? Does it stand out from the crowd?Is your idea unique and original? Are there similar solutions for this market? Perhaps your innovation is an alternative to existing solutions or an evolution of an existing solution?

Quality of  research methods and presentation. We will send support material to all registered teams to give you ideas for how to conduct good research.

Clarity of idea. Is the project or idea clearly described? Is the purpose clear? How does the work demonstrate that the team have thoroughly understood the area where they have chosen to work?

Understanding of potential market. Have you clearly identified the market for your idea? Is it a mass or niche market? Who would use it? Who will benefit? What steps did you take to understand people’s needs and the way your innovation could make a difference? Are there any competitive alternatives to your approach? Have you explained why your approach is needed?

Use of industry experts. How did you make use of expert help from industry or academia? Who did you contact and what did you ask them to do? How did you use their advice to improve, develop or change your idea?Do you have plans to continue the relationship with the partners?

International collaboration. If you chose to work with a team in another country, how was the collaboration managed and how well did you work as an international team? What did you gain from the international collaboration? How did it shape your thinking? What problems did you need to overcome?

Skill and thoroughness. How well is the project or idea executed? How much effort has been made to develop the idea? The technical quality of the execution of the idea or project.

Is it doable? How practical is it to take this innovation to the next level? Are there major technology or market dependencies that prevent this innovation being developed into a prototype or achieving production status?

What did the team learn from their experience? Has it changed your thinking in any way? Have you learnt more about a particular area of Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths? Have you been inspired

Criteria for Digital Skills : Cross Category Award

There are few aspects of modern life that are not touched by Information Technology (IT). The innovative entries we have seen in the annual TeenTech Awards are no different and whilst some previous entries have not been outright winners in their category our judges have noted that many have exhibited design and coding skills that really should be celebrated.

So projects entered for categories 1-11 which demonstrate digital skills will be considered as well as stand alone projects.

TeenTech is looking to recognise both excellence in computer programming as well as creativity in the use of IT. Not everyone is an expert programmer so we are looking both for those that have demonstrated superb coding skills, and for those who have taken their understanding of the building blocks of computer programming and have used those in a novel way.

Through this award category, TeenTech hopes to encourage young people to develop the skills that will continue to be the thread that runs through all areas of innovation.

Criteria for Categories 16-20

Open to Years 12-13

The following judging criteria will be applied to the students’ innovation log. The log can contain up to a maximum of 15 A4 pages or presentation slides and should be uploaded as file of no more than 3 MB. More details about the Innovation Log structure can be found in the Competition Rules here underneath How to Enter, Stage 2

Originality of idea. Does the idea or project show creative thinking? Does it stand out from the crowd? Is your idea unique and original? Are there similar solutions for this market? Perhaps your innovation is an alternative to existing solutions or an evolution of an existing solution?

Quality of planning and project management How well have the team planned and managed the whole process

Quality of research methods and presentation. We have put together some helpful research guidelines to support your work. These will be provided when you register at Stage 1

Clarity of idea. Is the project or idea clearly described? Is the purpose clear? How does the work demonstrate that the team has thoroughly understood the area where they have chosen to work?

Quality of Design and appropriateness of materials, mechanical systems, and /or software solutions chosen (For categories 16-19)

Understanding of potential market. Have you clearly identified the market for your idea? Have you shown ability to identify a need or understand a customer requirement and their business needs. Is it a mass or niche market? Who would use it? Who will benefit? What steps did you take to understand people’s needs and the way your innovation could make a difference? Are there any competitive alternatives to your approach? Have you explained why your approach is needed? (For categories (16-19)

Use of industry experts. How did you make use of expert help from industry or academia? Who did you contact and what did you ask them to do? How did you use their advice to improve, develop or change your idea? Do you have plans to continue the relationship with the partners?

Understanding of engineering, scientific, technological principles How well does the project demonstrate a sound knowledge of STEM

International collaboration. If you chose to work with a team in another country, how was the collaboration managed and how well did you work as an international team? What did you gain from the international collaboration? How did it shape your thinking? What problems did you need to overcome?

Skill and thoroughness. How well is the project or idea executed? How much effort has been made to develop the idea? The technical quality of the execution of the idea or project.

Is it doable? How practical is it to take this innovation to the next level? Are there major technology or market dependencies that currently prevent this innovation being developed into a prototype or achieving production status? Have students identified these?

Evaluation of the project and next steps What did the team learn from their experience? What might they have done differently based on their experience? How do they think it could be taken further? Has it changed their thinking in any way? Have they learnt more about a particular area of Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths? Have they been inspired?

Finalist presentations at the TeenTech Awards.

TeenTech will provide you with an exhibition space and the judges will award additional points for quality of the presentation material supporting your innovation, the clarity and confidence of the team demonstrating their project and the completeness of illustration / prototype of the innovation itself.

All finalists will be provided with full information for the judging day in June at the beginning of the Summer Term