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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 FairWhat 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.
of FISSION and a last year participant on the Bulgarian National Television.
| Dr. Krasimira Chakarova
ACS Science Department Chair
FISSION Faculty Supervisor
| Nikol Kralimarkova
Coordinator of the team
| Ivan Vlaykov
Coordinator of the participants
| Stefany Kissovsky
Coordinator of the jury
| Alexander Arnaudov
| Lora Dobreva
Coordinator of the sponsors
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