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EnvironMentors Experimental Science Evaluation Form Student Name:

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University Chapter: __ Project Title:

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**Please rank the following project attributes on a scale of Excellent to Unsatisfactory/Absent**

A. APPLICATION OF THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD (40 points) Points 1) 2) -

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Excellent

Good

Satisfactory

5

4

3

Excellent

Good

Satisfactory

4

3

2

Needs Improvement 2

Unsatisfactory/ Absent 1

Needs Improvement 1

Unsatisfactory/ Absent 0

Project Topic: Can the student clearly articulate how he/she came up with the project topic? Does the student demonstrate that the topic was born of his/her own interests? Research Question: Can the student explain the importance of their research question(s) to the field in which their research is contributing? Hypothesis: Does the student present a defensible hypothesis? Is the hypothesis stated in a way that it can be distinctly proven or refuted?

Experimental Procedures: - Did the student design a step-by-step experimental plan specifically geared to proving or disproving the hypothesis? Literature Research Conducted: - Did the student include and cite: o 3 primary sources? o 3 secondary sources? o At least 2 electronic resources? o Can the student explain how he/she knew the sources were credible? - Did the student conduct and cite at least 1 expert interview with someone other than their mentor? Field Research Conducted: - Did the student identify clearly distinguishable data and observations? - Does the project include control and experimental data sets? - Does the student have an identifiable study site(s)? - Did the student conduct at least three experimental trials? Discussion: - Can the student clearly describe WHAT happened in his/her project? Conclusions: - Can the student clearly articulate WHY he/she believes WHAT happened, happened? - Can the student describe what he/she would do next if he/she had the opportunity to do so?

B. ENVIRONMENTORS EXPERIENCE (10 points)

1)

Points Applied Learning - Can the student clearly articulate the importance of their research question to an environmental issue important on a local, national, and/or global level?

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2)

Environmental Stewardship - Can the student answer the questions: why is it important to protect the environment? and what can you do to protect the environment?

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Points Project Inspiration - Can the student answer the question: what was the most important thing you learned from an adult you met through EnvironMentors?

Excellent

Good

Satisfactory

Needs Improvement

Unsatisfactory/ Absent

2

1.5

1

0.5

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Excellent

Good

Satisfactory

5

4

3

Needs Improvement 2

Unsatisfactory/ Absent 1

C. PRESENTATION (25 points) Points 1)

Verbal

- Can the student respond to interview questions clearly and concisely when prompted? - Does the student communicate his/her project in a logically developed presentation? - Is the student excited about his/her project and eager to discuss it with you? 2) Physical Has the student developed‌ - a visually appealing display board that show attention to grammar and spelling - additional materials in his/her exhibit which help communicate his/her project in an interactive and engaging way 3) Professionalisms - presenter is dressed for the occasion, and behaves professionally

D. Research Paper (25 points) Points A)

Present = 2.5

Title Page

B)

Abstract

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Introduction

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Background research/lit review

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Experimental Method

F)

Results and Analysis

G)

Discussion and Conclusion

H)

References/Annotated Bibliography

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Acknowledgements

J)

Appendices (Expert Interview questions, raw data and calculations, other)

GRAND TOTAL (100 points) Additional Comments Please provide the student with several comments (positive and/or constructive) that could help him/her further develop his/her abilities. We will share this evaluation with students. Were there any aspects of the scientific method or research that students didn’t understand clearly?

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