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Sofia Science Fair
Overall Description				
FISSION is a competition for students interested
in science who are currently at their high school
stage of education. Teams of up to two members 
will create projects in one of two types 
(Experiment, Working Model) and in one of
four categories based on their interests. FISSION
aims to encourage inquiry-based learning in students,
and take them beyond the limitations of classroom 
science. Mentored by one of their science teachers,
they should use what they already know to come up 
with original and applicable solutions of relevant
scientific issues, invent a novel device or a computer
program, or demonstrate an interesting phenomenon
in a new way.		
	
				
The projects will be presented at the fair at the American College of Sofia on March 24-25, 2017. There, they will be
graded by internationally acknowledged scientists, researchers, engineers, IT specialists and mathematicians. 
The exhibition will be open to ACS students and the public.

Video from the last year Science Fair
What are we looking for? 1. Relevance Students should concentrate their attention on current problems science is trying to deal with. Research should focus on modern scientific issues. Devices and models should be designed to aid people in learning about and understanding the underlying principles of natural processes. 2. Originality We expect projects to present novel ideas that the students have come up with. The advisor is to help with the technical details and make sure that the project is well-sustained from a scientific point of view. 3. Applications The projects should have some evident application in modern-day world. An experiment can be conducted so as to investigate a phenomenon and offer a solution to a problem, such as the quality of a product or a condition in our environment. A working model can be used in our everyday, the industry or education. 4. Inquiry-based learning (IBL) IBL is a challenge for students' analytical skills. It is a method that places questions at the centre of investigation and discourages scientific procedures which require students to simply follow the outlined steps.
Our goal				
The goal of FISSION is to give its participants the
opportunity to explore science beyond the classroom.
At school we are asked to follow a readily prepared
set of instructions so as to observe a phenomenon
that is important to the studied material. FISSION
participants are encouraged to look into problems of
their choice and interest. They don't have a series
of steps to follow, but rather should use all the 
information they have access to and find the procedure
that fits their project best. If none of the existing
methods of investigation fits you, be flexible - modify
what is already there or come up with something new.
				
Lectures				
FISSION aims to unite students interested in science
and give them a platform to share and exchange their
ideas. The goal of the fair is to also help students
realize their educational and professional opportunities
in the fields of Science. To achieve this we have
invited scientists from prominent universities to lead 
lectures about their own research, present their
experiences and offer helpful advice to students who want
to pursue their interest in science beyond high school.
Topics will also include applications of science in
business and entrepreneurship, as well as opportunities 
for higher education in the field of science worldwide.
The names of the speakers and the specific topics of their
lectures will be posted throughout the course of the year.
				
Here you can see an interview with two of the organizers
of FISSION and a last year participant on the Bulgarian National Television.

The Team

  Dr. Krasimira Chakarova
  Physics Teacher
  ACS Science Department Chair
  FISSION Faculty Supervisor
  Nikol Kralimarkova
  ACS Senior
  Coordinator of the team
 
  Ivan Vlaykov
  ACS Senior
  Coordinator of the participants
 
  Stefany Kissovsky
  ACS Senior
  Coordinator of the jury
 
  Alexander Arnaudov
  ACS Senior
  Web Developer
 
  Lora Dobreva
  ACS Senior
  Coordinator of the sponsors