Team Projects shall be accepted at all District Science Days. A revised 50-point rating scale [see Judging Criteria] will be used to evaluate team projects. Individual and team projects shall be considered equally when District science day directors select projects to fill quotas to attend State Science Day.
A team shall consist of a maximum of three students. A District Science Day may allow a maximum of two students per team due to local limitations. In addition, teams may not have more than three members at a local science day and then eliminate members to qualify for District or State Science Day. In a given academic year, a team project cannot be converted to an individual project or vice versa. In a subsequent academic year, a continuing project may add or delete members as long as at least one student from the original project is retained and the maximum number of team members is not exceeded. In a subsequent academic year, a continuing team project may be converted to an individual project or vice versa.
All currently active team members must be present to be judged at District and State Science Days or the project will be disqualified. All team members are required to belong to the same school and same grade brackets (a) grades 5-6, (b) grades 7-8, and (c) grades 9-12. Each team shall appoint a team leader to coordinate the work and act as the primary spokesperson. However, each member of the team should be able to serve as spokesperson, be fully involved with the project, and be familiar with all aspects of the project. The final work should reflect the coordinated efforts of all team members.
A supplemental sheet of the contribution each member made toward the team project shall be signed by each member and shall be displayed with the project and included in the research notebook, project report and with applications to attend District and State Science Days. Full names of all team members must appear on the abstract and registration forms. The judges should ask each team member for a one or two sentence description of what they consider to be their most important contribution.