Top tips for a successful project

Make sure your project stands out to our judges by following our tips below!

- Check out the judging criteria! Our judges will score your project on six key areas: project overview, project concept, project process, project outcomes, reflections and next steps and personal skills.

- Once you've read the criteria, read the guidance! Our head judges have put together some helpful prompts, for both science and engineering streams, to get you thinking about each step of your project. 

- Live, camera, action! Video entries are a great way for judges to hear from competitors whilst also seeing some of the work they may have completed. We recommend checking out our guide to preparing your video presentation for advice on what to consider whilst filming your presentation. 

- Pick your stream and related disciplines carefully select the topics that relate to your project to ensure that the right judges are marking your work. If you are unsure what stream to choose, contact the Competition Team

- Think of an interesting projet title your title is your judge's first introduction to your project and should catch their attention whilst also clearly and concisely communicating what your work is about. Leave them wanting to know more... 

- Take charge of your idea if you were provided with a project brief from your teacher, tell your judges how you took ownership of your work and made it unique to your interests.

Language is important try to explain your project using clear and accessible language. Being able to talk about your project clearly so a wide range of audiences can understand your work is a valuable skill, both in presenting your project and in pursuing a career in STEM! Ask your peers, teachers and family members to read / watch your entry before submitting and ask for their feedback. 

- Have you done your research? Take time to investigate your area of study. Has any research already been done on your project, what they found out, and how your results relate to that? A lot of information can be found be searching key words related to your project online. 

- Think big! Does your project have a real world application? Can it be commercialised? Do you have a business strategy? Tell our judges the larger implications of your work and why it can make a difference to the wider community. 

- Present your outcomes clearly upload graphs, tables or other figures to present your outcomes / results where needed, and make sure everything has a title and is clearly labelled. These will also help you manage your word / time limit. You will be able to do this whether you are submitting a video or written entry. 

If at first you don't succeed... STEM is all about finding the right method to achieve the results we need, and so rarely do we achieve our desired outcome at the first try. If you don't get the results you expected during your first experiment or when testing your model, change your method and try again! Keep a record of this process and show it to our judges, they will want to know what you learnt with each try. 

- Show judges what you have achieved! The best way for judges to understand your work is to let them see it for themselves! Upload images or videos and demonstrate your experiments or design process and results to help judges visualise your work. 

Check your work before submitting before you click the 'submit' button, take one last look at your entry and make sure you are happy with all of the information you are submitting.

- Show your passion! Make sure your enthusiasm for your project is communicated through your entry. Tell us what inspired you to look at your chosen topic and what you enjoyed during your work. 

Remember your work count / time limit! To ensure fairness to all students, there will be word and time limits for submissions. This word / video limit also helps you develop your communication skills by ensuring you are concise and you only select the important aspects of your work to tell our judges. 

Talk about challenges we understand that recent restrictions might impact how you are able to complete your project work. If relevant, tell us how restrictions have impacted your work, and reflect on what you will do to continue your work in 'Next steps and reflections'. 

- Show off your new skills! We want to know what you have learnt during your project work. You can talk about some of these skills in the 'Next steps and reflections' section of your entry. For some ideas of skills to discuss, check out the 'Personal skills' section of the judging criteria!