Official Q&A: Judging Usage Guidelines

STEM Judging with other awards


David Sankey (Event Partner)
2 months ago

I'm curious about STEM judging. The judge's guide states that no team should win more than one judged award. As the STEM presentations are judged ahead of time, I'm curious about the proper procedure.

Let's say that team A won STEM, but at the event team A wins Excellence. Should they be given both awards, or should the STEM winner go to the team that the STEM judges determined were second place? If this is so, should the STEM judges give their top three teams, so that the Excellence and Design winners don't overlap with STEM?

Answered by Competition Judging Committee

At local events, the STEM Research Project Award is judged before the event. Therefore the STEM award is an exception to the "only one judged award per team" rule.

The same exception would apply for the STEM award at a championship event. The award finalists are determined before the event and the award winner is determined at the event, but the STEM award winner has no bearing on eligibility for other judged awards.

I'm curious about STEM judging. The judge's guide states that no team should win more than one judged award. As the STEM presentations are judged ahead of time, I'm curious about the proper procedure.

Let's say that team A won STEM, but at the event team A wins Excellence. Should they be given both awards, or should the STEM winner go to the team that the STEM judges determined were second place? If this is so, should the STEM judges give their top three teams, so that the Excellence and Design winners don't overlap with STEM?