Valter Prize Rules

The Valter Prize is open to all teenagers in the County of Dorset

A prize of £500 will be awarded annually in a competition open to all teenagers working in their own time and not entirely in school time.

The subject chosen by the teenager must show scientific and engineering principles of design and, where possible, the production of a working model.

The project and model will be judged on the following basis: innovation of design, difficulty of the project, the construction finish, accompanying documentation describing the project from beginning to end, and final test results.

Preliminary judging will be conducted by the appropriate area manager who will be accompanied by one or more ASSET trustees or approved qualified volunteers.

A marking sheet with criteria weighting will be used in all cases to select area projects to be submitted for final assessment by a meeting of all trustees at an annual reconciliation meeting, where a final decision will be made to select the prize winning entry.

general marking criteria
textiles criteria

Mathematics Prize

The winning submission will offer:

Innovation of calculations with an elegant solution to the problem.

Numerically based verification of the solution involving a degree of difficulty.

A well researched and analysed solution with a clearly laid out argument.

Good test results.

First rate documented presentation of the submission.

It is anticipated that any submission will be based on a piece of completed course work or any maths extension opportunity beyond the classroom suitably enhanced to meet the prize requirements.

Mathematics Criteria

Topic of Marking Criteria

1 to 5

6 to 10

11 to 15

16 to 20

of the
Little originality of any kind. Reworking of a well known solution.Workman-like presentation to satisfy a problem.Well packaged solution to the problem. Very workable solution.Elegant solution to a problem.


No mathematical, scientific, or engineering concepts used. Few mathematical skills required.Some mathematical, scientific, or engineering principles used in verification or validation of the solution.Solution verified by scientific or engineering principles.Numerically based verification of the solution throughout.


Poor layout and presentation. Effort measured in hours rather than days.Adequate layout and presentation. Significant effort invested.Good layout, well presented.
Excellent quality. Work probably took several man days.
Superb presentation and quality of work. Effort probably took several man days.


No meaningful research. No specification worth a mention. Little or no written analysis. Poorly documented results.Studies show some useful data.
Specification in general terms.
Criteria vaguely defined. Drawings include detailed definitions. Some verification analysis done, but more descriptive than numerical.
Research data used meaningfully to draw conclusions. Specification defines most requirements.
Verification analysis is numerical in part. Results linked to acceptance criteria.
Well researched, well analysed, competent conclusions. Specification defines all requirements, often numerically. Excellent verification analysis using advanced principles and numerical demonstration of compliance.


Final Result
Unclear how the test demonstrated success of the design.Questionable demonstration of success in some cases.Reasonable demonstration of success. Not every requirement covered.Excellent test results. All criteria met or exceeded.

Mathematics Marking Sheet

Literature ReviewSources
OriginalityData Used
Model Considered
DifficultySkills Required
Type of Analysis

The prizes are awarded in July and entries have to be submitted by the end of May.

A prize giving ceremony will be held, at which the winner will be announced and the cash prize presented.

The Valter Prize Fund will be held in a bank account and accounts will be open for inspection.