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When is it OK to not give an award?


David Sankey (Event Partner)
3 months ago

At an event if there is only one STEM video, or if there are a couple and none of them score over a 1 in any category, do we have to give the award?

The same for Excellence... While there will probably be teams that qualify high in teamwork and skills by default, if no teams have clearly documented the design process do we have to give an excellence?

Is there any guidance to the minimum criteria to give an award?

Answered by Competition Judging Committee

Regarding the STEM video, if only one team submits a STEM video and it meets the basic criteria, that entry would be the award winner. If more than one team submits a STEM video, then all videos that meet the basic requirements would be judged relative to one another to determine the award winner.

Regarding the Excellence and Design awards, according to the Judge Guide "There may be circumstances where the Judges should not award the Design Award and by extension the Excellence Award to any team at an event. This may happen when either no teams submit an Engineering Notebook, or no Engineering Notebooks include the first three criteria of the Design Award Rubric. In either case, the minimum requirements for the Design Award and by extension the Excellence Award have not been met and therefore neither should be awarded to any team at the event."

At an event if there is only one STEM video, or if there are a couple and none of them score over a 1 in any category, do we have to give the award?

The same for Excellence... While there will probably be teams that qualify high in teamwork and skills by default, if no teams have clearly documented the design process do we have to give an excellence?

Is there any guidance to the minimum criteria to give an award?