Welcome to the Internet Science and Technology
ISTF Final Judges are practicing professionals who possess educational, technical, scientific, and/or engineering
expertise. They donate their time and apply their knowledge to ensure the feasibility, accuracy, and fair evaluation of ISTF projects according to real-world standards.
The following summaries should help participating
ISTF Final Judges as they spend time preparing for,
during, and completing participation
in the ISTF (and help potential judges decide whether to
Below is a brief outline of issues to consider when preparing for participation
as an ISTF Final Judge.
Below is a brief outline of the responsibilities
ISTF Final Judges handle during the ten-day evaluation period. (Please
see the Schedule for the current
Login to Your ISTF Judge Account Often
Evaluate the Projects (up to 6) Assigned
Tips for judging projects
If you encounter a link which doesn't work, please try the same link from another page (such as the homepage.)
Many projects place components and tasks in a clear format; however, some projects do not make it clear and may combine two into
one larger paragraph.
When many links, menus or pages do not work, please consider the possibility of a browser issue.
Browser Compatibility Issues
Internet Explorer 6 on average is the most compatible with Project Websites.
Netscape 7 is generally the only version which seems to work fairly well. If you encounter problems, please try Internet
Explorer if possible.
Although AOL uses Internet Explorer, the AOL interface seems to interfere with page layout. If possible, minimize AOL and open
Internet Explorer from your desktop.
Use the Online Rubric for Each
Project to Enter Scores
The rubrics are different for Elementary, Middle and High Schools
There a comment boxes for each section (A, B, C, D)
Comments in these fields have been very helpful when conflicts in scores arise.
Team 04-### has 2 scores.
When verifying scores, a determination must be made as to which is more accurate and why.
Judge comments have been extremely helpful in this process.
Save your scores as partial until you feel comfortable.
One reason for this is it allows you to judge a few teams and get a feel for the guidelines, rubrics and "judging"
before committing your scores. Possibly after judging 6 teams, your scores for the first project may be different.
If you have participated as a Judge before and have ideas or thoughts that may help new Judges, please email them to
Completing participation in the ISTF Program
involves lighter duty.
Below are the basic steps for completion.
Contact the ISTF Staff
to Share Your Thoughts
Consider Your Participation Next Year
You can reuse your account for the following year's competition
(you will retain all your information, including
Check the new year's Schedule and mark the
dates on your calendar.
Return to Your Account and View Judging Data
After the completion of all judging
occurs, ISTF Final Judges may enjoy the
opportunity to review and compare:
All of their scores (project
quality relative to other projects),
Rankings of the projects
they scored (see where these projects finished),
Judges' comments (measure
their input against that of other judges).
This information will most likely
prove interesting and beneficial (especially for
those planning to participate as judges in years to come.)