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 ideal 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 judges the projects?

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

How are projects judged?

Projects will be judged on the following:

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

Projects will be judged on student ownership and if the students followed all the directions and met all the requirements. Judges 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 judged 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 requirements for the presentations?

The presentations should be visually interesting and include overall project components to be viewed by the judges within a 10-minute time period.

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.