The projects taking part in FISSION
will be divided in four categories:
1. Biomedical, Biological and Chemical Sciences
2. Computer Science and Mathematics
3. Ecology and Environmental Science
4. Physical Sciences and Engineering
At FISSION (March 24th) all participants MUST: 1. Be able to present their projects orally before the judges and answer questions on them. Each presentation must be in English and last between 5 and 10 minutes. It is to be followed by a five-minute period in which the jurors can ask questions. Participants who are not confident with their English may use a language helper provided by us. 2. Have a free-standing poster (minimum size - A3). Lettering should be clear and large enough to be seen from a distance. Charts, graphs, photos and drawings should be labelled. Include the names of all group members and the group's number (given upon registration). Additional requirements for it are mentioned below each project type. 3. Additionally: - All who participate with an Experiment must have a lab report of their work* - All who participate with a Working Model must provide a report with the working principles and materials of their model* * Those are needed for the jury to determine the winning project in each type
Choosing a category
Biomedical, Biological and Chemical Sciences - includes:
projects concerning Biology, Chemistry Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Medicine and Pharmacology. Computer Science and Mathematics - includes Informatics, Software Engineering, Digital Electronics, etc., as well as original mathematical explanations. Ecology and Environmental Science - the category includes, but is not limited to projects concerned with modern-day issues such as depleting the ozone layer, pollution of soils, waters and air. Physical Sciences and Engineering - includes disciplines such as Physics, Astrophysics, Astronomy, Nano-science, Chemistry, Materials Science, and Earth Sciences, together with Engineering.
All projects must compete in one category only. Students with projects from intermediate disciplines (Bioinformatics, Biophysics, Neuroscience, Palaeontology), as well projects using methods, or ideas from many areas must choose the category they think their project fits best in.
AVOID USING ANY HAZARDOUS MATERIALS IN YOUR PROJECTS. DO NOT USE ANY LIVING ANIMALS - THAT INCLUDES (BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO) INSECTS, MICE, FISH AND AMPHIBIANS, AND ANYTHING THAT RUNS FASTER THAN YOU AND YOUR PARTNER. IN PROJECTS INVOLVING HUMAN SUBJECTS, MAKE SURE THE VOLUNTEERS WALK AWAY PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY UNHARMED. If your study requires such materials, please use photos.
Choosing a Project Type
An experiment is a research of a question and trying to prove an arguable answer of it (a hypothesis). All experiments should have a clearly stated question and an arguable hypothesis (do not try to prove a fact). The question guiding the investigation should be relevant to modern scientific or industrial issues. All participants must have a Lab Report at the fair. It should include the following sections: 1. Abstract (100-200 word summary) 2. Stated research question, hypothesis, variables and constants 3. Background Research 4. Materials 5. Procedure 6. Data and Analysis 7. Discussion 8. Conclusion 9. Further Research Questions
10.References / Work-Cited Page - a MLA-format citations of all the sources of information you used. For more info on, MLA please visit: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/ or www.easybib.com All experiments authors must have a report at the fair. The Lab Report CAN be incorporated in the poster. It is not mandatory for the presentation to follow exactly, but we recommend communicating the most important points. You can also have a separate copy of the report in the form of a booklet. In the presentation, you need to summarize your research question or hypothesis, the procedure you used for the investigation, the data you collected, the results of your research and what you can conclude from this experiment. You may also mention noteworthy information about the references you consulted, your materials, modifications you made or challenges you experienced, if you would change something if you did this experiment again, or what studies you think should follow this experiment. You can find more information about what each part should include here. Also, feel free to check the example here.
The working model type of projects includes students' inventions that do certain work. The project type includes robots, machines, computer programs, etc. The invention MUST do some work and have some application, which is emphasized on in the presentation. In the presentation, participants need to summarize the background research, the device they are demonstrating and its wider purpose. Incorporate all the capabilities of your model into your presentation. Also discuss the process of construction, the materials, modifications made, challenges experienced, or things you would do different if you were to do this project again. You must also provide a video of your demonstration and explanation. The video should be with you at the fair on a flash drive.
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