Judging Rubric

Apps that do not satisfy these preliminary requirements will not be considered for final judging. All Maine App Challenge submissions that satisfy our preliminary requirements will be judged based on the standards and performance rubric outlined below.

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Judging Criteria for Your Video

Criteria Rating Scale (1-10)
1 5 10
Purpose Does not clearly describe the purpose of the app or reason for creating it Describes the purpose of the app but does not explain the reason for creating it Clearly describes the purpose of the app and reason for creating it
User Community Does not clearly describe the intended user community for the app Describes some possible users of the app Clearly describes the intended user community for the app
Organization Jumps from topic to topic and is difficult to follow Individual topics or points are explained but are not organized Well-organized and naturally flows
Quality Sound and picture quality detract from the effectiveness of the video Sound and picture quality of the video are acceptable Sound and picture quality add to the effectiveness of the video
Development Insight Does not provide insight into how the app was developed or what was learned in the process Gives some background on how the app was developed but does not discuss what was learned in the process Provides insight into how the app was developed and what was learned in the process
Presentation of App Does not present the app in a way that makes one want to try it Presents the app acceptably Presents the app in a way that makes one want to try it

Judging Criteria for Your App

Criteria Rating Scale (1-10)
1 5 10
Incorporating Innovation Completed zero of the innovation workshops required for the University of Maine’s Level 1 Badge in Innovation – the first step in the Innovation Micro-Credential pathway. Completed two of the innovation workshops required for the University of Maine’s Level 1 Badge in Innovation – the first step in the Innovation Micro-Credential pathway. Completed four innovation workshops, as well as a written reflection, to earn the University of Maine's Level 1 Badge in innovation – the first step in the Innovation Micro-Credential pathway.
Implementation of Idea Does not clearly describe the purpose of the app or reason for creating it Addresses some elements of the stated purpose but is missing features Addresses stated purpose
Creativity - Name of App Unoriginal name or name that does not convey purpose of the app Generic name that conveys the purpose of the app Creative name that conveys the purpose of the app
Originality Unimaginative or uses a "copycat" approach Shows limited original thinking but is not a copycat of an existing app Highly imaginative with original ideas — addresses a unique issue or creatively addresses a common issue
Ease of Use Layout does not flow logically and functions are difficult to figure out Layout is mostly logical but some functions are confusing or misplaced Layout flows logically and functions are intuitive
Visual Appeal Design is not visually appealing Design is acceptable Design is visually appealing
Repeat Use Is not fun to use and is not likely to encourage repeated use Encourages some repeated use Is fun to use and is likely to encourage repeated use
About Page - Usefulness Info page does not provide useful information on app functionality Info page provides limited information about the app and its functionality Info page provides background on app and its functionality
About Page - Quality Info page is difficult to follow or includes grammar or spelling errors Info page is acceptably written with minimal errors Info page is concise and well-written
Error-free Contains many errors Contains few errors Does not contain any errors
Impact Is not likely to have a large impact on intended user base, productivity, understanding, etc. Could have some impact on intended user base, productivity, understanding, etc. Is likely to have a large impact on intended user base, productivity, understanding, etc.
Audience Appeal Appeals to a narrow section of intended audience May appeal to some of its intended audience Appeals to a broad section of intended audience
Buzzworthiness Is not likely to generate excitement or interest among target population Could generate interest among some of its target population Is likely to generate excitement and interest among target population

What is STEAM?

Jobs in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) are lucrative; yet, only 20 percent of U.S. high school graduates are prepared for college-level coursework in these majors. In fact, fewer than half of the schools in the U.S. offer computer science classes – and in Maine, the only requirement to being a computer science teacher is to have a Maine State teacher certificate. That’s why it is so important for everyone in Maine, not just educators, to work together to provide all students with an introduction to STEAM through programs like the Maine App Challenge.

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