Remote Judging Requirements

The Engineering Notebook Rubric and Team Interview Rubric must be used for both remote and in-person judging. All qualifying events must use the award descriptions, rubrics, and scoring sheets outlined in the judging guidelines and may not use substitutes.

The remote judging environment is at the discretion of the Event Partner with the following stipulations:

  • The REC Foundation Manager must have access to view a remote judging session.
  • Access to the remote judging session shall be restricted such that it cannot be accessed or viewed by the public (i.e., the session must be password protected or by invitation only).
  • Two adults (18+ years old) who are not team members must be present for the duration of the session.
    • The Event Partner or an event administrator
    • The team’s Primary Contact as listed in or a designee; if the team is using an adult designee, the team’s Primary Contact must provide the name, email address, and phone number of the designee to the Event Partner prior to the session or by the deadline provided
      by the Event Partner
  • The two adults must be in the remote session before students are allowed to connect, and must be present for the duration of the session.
  • Once the interview begins, only the student team members and the judges may speak. Non-Judging adults, such as Event Partners, event administrators, the Primary Contact or adult designee may not participate in the interview.
  • No recordings in any form may be made of the judging interview.

Remote Judging Recommendations

The Event Partner has the discretion to conduct remote team interviews in several different formats. Please reach out to your REC Foundation Event Engagement Manager for resources and assistance.

  • Remote team interviews may be conducted prior to or during the event.
  • Digitally submitted Engineering Notebooks may be submitted and judged prior to the event or printed and submitted at the event.
  • The Event Partner has the discretion to create a system for scheduling remote team interviews.
  • Remote team interviews may be conducted at an in-person event in a separate room where at least 3 adults are present, one of which is a coach or mentor from the team being interviewed. The coach or mentor should not contribute to student responses.
  • Remote team interviews may be conducted by live streaming Judges from a remote location with teams at an in-person event. Teams would be interviewed in an appropriate location.