Lexus Eco Challenge Judging Criteria

Challenges #1 and 2:

Potential middle school and high school prize winners will be selected from among all eligible entries received by a panel of qualified judges determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion based on a numerical point system within the following categories:

1. Action Plan (50 points)

  • Have all questions in the Action Plan template been answered? Do the responses clearly and accurately answer the questions?
  • Issue: What’s the environmental issue?
  • Plan: What’s your action plan?
  • Implementation: How did you implement your ideas?
  • Results: Evaluate your plan. What are the results?
  • Does the Action Plan show the Team’s full understanding of the environmental issue?
  • Does the Action Plan clearly describe the preliminary plan?
  • Does the Action Plan clearly show the Team’s actions in the implementation phase?
  • Does the Action Plan clearly describe quantifiable results?
  • Does the Action Plan help to raise community awareness?
2. Overall Team Effort (30 points)
  • Does the Action Plan communicate Team effort?
  • Does the Action Plan clearly explain each Team member’s contributions in the project?
3. Quality of Writing (10 points)
  • Are the responses well organized? Do they communicate ideas clearly?
  • Do the responses communicate a persuasive argument?
  • Are the paragraphs well structured with clear transitions?
  • Do the responses reflect proper spelling, capitalization, and use of punctuation (e.g., commas, semicolons, colons, quotation marks, dashes)?
  • Have students carefully checked their work before submitting it, or are there mistakes?
4. Project Gallery (10 points)
  • Has the Team included evidence of its project using photos, letters, press releases, newspaper articles, etc., as part of its entry?
  • Do these materials provide evidence of the Team in action preparing and/or implementing its Action Plan?

In the event of a tie, an additional "tie-breaking" judge will determine the winner based on the same criteria set forth above. The decisions of the judges are final and binding. The Sponsor reserves the right not to award all prizes if, in its sole discretion, it does not receive a sufficient number of qualified and eligible entries.

Final Challenge: Challenge #3

Potential first place and grand prize winners will be selected from among all eligible entries received by a panel of qualified judges determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion based on a numerical point system within the following categories:

1. Innovative Action Plan Ideas (20 points)

  • If the Team chose the same topic as in the previous qualifying challenge, did the Team demonstrate how it has taken it to the next level or created something different?
  • If the Team chose a new topic, has the plan fully addressed the topic in an interesting or provocative way?

2. Action Plan (PowerPoint) Presentation (30 points)

  • Does the presentation demonstrate the Team's full understanding of the environmental issue?
  • Is the presentation creative and compelling?
  • Are images, photos, charts, graphs, or other visual media incorporated?

3. Overall Team Effort (20 points)

  • Does the PowerPoint presentation communicate the Team’s effort?
  • Does the PowerPoint presentation indicate each Team member's contribution to the presentation?

4. Effectiveness of Spreading the Word (15 points)

  • How did the Team educate the greater community nationwide and/or globally about its plan?
  • Did the Team partner with members of the community who could help it execute the Action Plan successfully (e.g., environmental organizations, local government, local businesses, etc.)?
  • Did the Team show specific examples of press releases, newspaper articles, letters of commendation, videos of local news coverage—any public relations that support its Action Plan and outreach efforts?

5. Quality of Writing (15 points)

  • Is the presentation well organized? Does it communicate ideas clearly?
  • Does the presentation communicate a persuasive argument?
  • Is the presentation well structured with clear transitions?
  • Does the presentation reflect proper spelling, capitalization, and use of punctuation (e.g., commas, semicolons, colons, quotation marks, dashes)?
  • Have students carefully checked their work before submitting it, or are there mistakes?

In the event of a tie, an additional “tie-breaking” judge will determine the winner based on the same criteria set forth above. The decisions of the judges are final and binding. The Sponsor reserves the right not to award all prizes if, in its sole discretion, it does not receive a sufficient number of qualified and eligible entries.

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