What is the composition of an Idea to Impact team?

Teams are composed of no more than six students with the possibility of an alternate. Smaller teams are also possible but we require a minimum of three members. The maximum team size, however, is six students.

What are some examples of Idea to Impact student projects?

A number of example student projects have been posted on the Resources webpage for your review.

What is the role of the educator mentor?

The educator mentor helps the student team with logistics associated with their project and serves as a sounding board for student ideas. Student teams are expected to be responsible for the project’s inception and development.

Who evaluates the projects?

Project submissions will be evaluated by a review panel of CI faculty and students and possibly also including business partners.

How are projects evaluated?

Projects will be evaluated on the following:

  • Scientific merit
  • Effort and thoroughness
  • Creativity
  • Overall skill

Projects will be evaluated on student ownership and if the students followed all the directions and met all the requirements. Evaluators are looking for strong science connections and the overall impact of each project on the students, school, peers and community.

Middle school and high school projects are evaluated separately by the review panel. Approximately five of the top teams in each division will be invited to the CI campus for interviews with the review panel.

What are the required and optional components of the projects?

All projects must result in a portfolio submitted electronically that includes a final project summary, a science lesson plan taught to younger students and its evaluation, a team reflection, and a creative presentation. Optional components of the projects include a service learning activity (middle and high school levels) and a research proposal (high school level).

What are the requirements for the creative presentations?

The creative presentations should be visually interesting and include overall project components to be viewed by the judges within a 3 - 5 minute time period. Creative presentations must be provided as Real One Player, QuickTime Player, or Windows Media Player files.

Is there a recognition event?

Every team that submits a complete project by the deadline will be invited to CI for a recognition event in late Spring. Teams that are selected for on-campus interviews as well as special award winners will be announced at the recognition event. Refreshments and project viewing will precede the awards ceremony.