Innovation In Action Judging Rubric 

Innovation Lacking Emerging Innovation Developing Innovation Disruptive Innovation
Significance –

The proposed project/solution addresses a significant problem and a gap in the marketplace.

● The problem is poorly defined.

● The problem seems insignificant.

● The solution does not address a gap in the marketplace.

● The problem is partly defined.

● The problem seems to be tolerable.

● The solution addresses a small gap in the marketplace.

● The problem is mostly defined.

● The problem seems significant.

● The solution addresses a real gap in the marketplace.

● The problem is well defined.

● The problem is significant to many people.

● The solution addresses a gap in the marketplace in a compelling way.

Relevance & Value ● The innovation is not useful or valuable to the intended audience/user.

● The innovation would not work in the real world.

● The innovation/product is impractical or unfeasible.

● The innovation gives no attention to the target audience/consumer.

● The innovation is useful and valuable to some extent.

● The innovation may not solve all aspects of the defined problem.

● The innovation does not exactly meet the identified need.

● The innovation’s/product’s value is unclear including its practicality or feasibility.

● The innovation’s target audience is unclear.

● The innovation is mostly useful and valuable.

● The innovation solves nearly all aspects of the defined problem.

● The innovation mostly meets the identified need.

● The innovation’s/product’s value is mostly clear including its practicality or feasibility.

● The innovation’s target audience is generalized.

● The innovation is clearly useful and valuable.

● The innovation solves all aspects of the defined problem.

● The innovation meets the identified need.

● The innovation’s/product’s value is clearly practical or feasible.

● The innovation’s target audience is clearly identified.

Originality & Creativity ●   The innovation relies on existing models, ideas, or directions.

● The innovation is not new or unique.

● The innovation follows rules and conventions.

● The innovation uses materials and ideas in typical ways.

● The innovation has some new ideas or improvements, but some ideas are conventional.

● The innovation may show a tentative attempt to step outside rules and conventions.

● The innovation finds new uses for common materials or ideas.

● The innovation’s design needs significant improvements.

● The innovation is new or unique or surprising.

● The innovation may successfully break rules and conventions.

● The innovation uses common materials or ideas in new and clever ways.

● The innovation’s design needs some improvements.

● The innovation is new, unique, & surprising.

● The innovation shows a personal & compelling touch.

● The innovation may successfully break rules and conventions.

● The innovation uses common materials or ideas in new, clever and surprising ways.

● The innovation’s design needs little to no improvements.

Communication ● The video does not present information, arguments, ideas, or findings clearly, concisely, and logically; argument lacks supporting evidence; audience cannot follow the line of reasoning.

● The video selects information that develops ideas and uses a style inappropriate to the purpose, task, and audience (may be too much or too little information or the wrong approach).

● The video does not address alternative or opposing perspectives.

● The video presents information, findings, arguments, and supporting evidence in a way that is not always clear, concise, and logical; line of reasoning is sometimes hard to follow.

● The video attempts to select information, develop ideas and use a style appropriate to the purpose, task, and audience but does not fully succeed.

● The video attempts to address alternative or opposing perspectives, but not clearly or completely.

● The video presents information, findings, arguments, and supporting evidence in a mostly clear and logical way; audience can mostly follow the line of reasoning.

● The video selects information, develops ideas and uses a style mostly appropriate to the purpose, task, and audience.

● The video in some aspects addresses alternative or opposing perspectives.

● The video presents information, findings, arguments and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically; audience can easily follow the line of reasoning.

● The video selects information, develops ideas and uses a style appropriate to the purpose, task, and audience.

● The video clearly and completely addresses alternative or