Bright Schools Competition Rubric

Project Details:
Each submission is required to have both a written project and video. The written portion of the project should be no more than three pages doubled spaced and in 12 point Times New Roman font. The written project must consist of Rationale, Project Description, Next Steps, and a Bibliography. A short video summarizing the project and overall exploration must also be submitted totaling up to three minutes in length. A cover page may be included in the written portion submission, but will not be scored. Student and Teacher/Coach names should not appear in the written project submission. Written work beyond three pages and video beyond three minutes in length will not be evaluated.

How projects are evaluated: The following areas are used to evaluate projects on a 100 point scale.

Rationale: 15 points
Clearly identify the source of inspiration for the project. Ensure the project idea is relevant to the identified community within the paper. Support the idea chosen with robust independent research.

Project Description and Scientific Accuracy: 35 points
Overall scientific content and accuracy. How well details of the project are communicated in the written portion. Use of scientific thinking which includes a description of potential impact (both pros and cons) to the highlighted community. Use of claim evidence reasoning that demonstrates students are able to tie together their claim related to light and sleep and evidence used to support it.

Next Steps: 15 points
Propose potential next steps of the project given additional time and resources. Utilize critical thinking supported by factual evidence.

Bibliography: 10 points
Sources used in researching the paper and video must be referenced in the Bibliography. Sources must be clearly labeled and conform to MLA or APA citation standards. The bibliography will include at least five sources and not exceed three pages. Students should strive for variety.

Video: 25 points
The video should not exceed three minutes in length. The video will include a short summary that supports written documentation of the project and explains the exploration process. Visual aids of the exploration chosen, diagrams, posters, etc. are encouraged. Students should be able to communicate how they connected their research to their chosen topic on light and sleep. Innovation and creativity are also evaluated in this section.

Winner Selection
A panel of educators and National Sleep Foundation judges will evaluate and score each project. 50 National Finalists will be announced in April of 2017 and First, Second and Third place winning teams will be announced in May of 2017.