Lexus Eco Challenge Judging Criteria

Challenges #1-2:

Potential middle school and high school prize winners will be selected from among all eligible entries received by a panel of qualified independent 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 been answered? Do the responses clearly and accurately answer the questions?
  • 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 the quantifiable results?
  • Does the plan help to raise community awareness? Has the Team used the provided press release template and/or organized a school event to raise awareness of the issue?
  • Does the Action Plan adequately explain how potential prize funds will be used?
2. Overall Team Effort (30 points)
  • Does the Action Plan communicate Team effort?
  • Does the Action Plan clearly explain each Team members’ actions 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 completed the required Project Gallery as part of their entry?
  • Does the Project Gallery provide evidence of the Team in action preparing and/or implementing their 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 independent judges are final and binding. The Sponsor reserves the right to not award all prizes if, in its sole discretion, it does not receive a sufficient number of qualified and eligible entries.

Final Challenge

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)
2. PowerPoint/Online Entry Presentation (30 points)

  • Has the contest topic been answered fully?
  • Does the PowerPoint/Online Entry presentation demonstrate the team's full understanding of the environmental issue?
  • Is the PowerPoint/Online Entry presentation creative and compelling?
  • Are images, photos, charts, graphs, or other visual media incorporated in the Project Gallery?

3. Overall Team Effort (20 points)
  • Does the PowerPoint/Online Entry presentation communicate Team effort?
  • Does the PowerPoint/Online Entry presentation indicate each Team member's contribution to the presentation?

4. Effectiveness of Spreading the Word (10 points)

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 entry 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?
6. Explanation of how potential prize funds will be used (5 points)

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