Design (Software and Engineering) Rubric

Judging for Design Projects

Use this form for engineering design projects, software engineering, architecture, pamphlets and other design projects that fulfill a material need. For art projects, use the Art Project judging form instead.

1) Content: - The exhibit must include

  • Student name (or names, if more than one student is presenting the exhibit)
  • Collaborators, adviser(s), and department(s)
  • A short title of the exhibit
  • Funding sources (if applicable)
  • Description of the need or problem to be solved
  • Design specifications and constraints
  • Description of the design

2) Design and Methodology

  • Exploration of the alternatives to solve the design problem
  • Identification of a solution
  • Development of a prototype/algorithm

3) Execution

  • The prototype or code demonstrates the intended design
  • Testing of the prototype of code

4) Display - The core of each exhibit is a poster with text and graphics intended for a general audience. PowerPoint-style presentations are not allowed as a substitute; however, a laptop or tablet may be used as a supplement to the poster or exhibit.

  • Poster should attract attention and convey important information about the project.
  • Language should be simple and descriptions brief. Excessive jargon should be avoided; necessary technical terms should be defined.
  • Spelling and grammar must be correct.
  • Photographs, drawings, charts, tables, or graphs should be simple, well organized, and carefully chosen when used to explain complicated technical concepts to a wide audience.

5) Oral Presentation - Each student should prepare to describe and discuss his or her exhibit, tailored specifically to make the work understandable to a non-expert audience.

  • Description should be clear and concise, and should include the major points presented on the poster.
  • Presentation must not exceed 5 minutes; judges will be instructed to observe this time limit. Note: A videotape or demonstration cannot be submitted for the discussion.
  • In cases where the student worked with collaborators, including his or her adviser, the presentation should clearly describe the student's role in the overall project.

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