Project Categories

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
Every projects within each category
may be of one of the following types:
1. Experiment
2. Working Model

At FISSION all participants MUST:

  1. Be able to present their projects orally before the judges andanswer questions on them. Each presentation must be in English andlast between 5 and 10 minutes. It is to be followed by afive-minute period in which the jurors can ask questions.Participants who are not confident with their English may use alanguage helper provided by us.
  2. Have a free-standing poster (minimum size - A3). Lettering shouldbe clear and large enough to be seen from a distance. Charts,graphs, photos and drawings should be labelled. Include the namesof all group members and the group's number (given uponregistration). Additional requirements for it are mentioned beloweach project type.
  3. Additionally:
    - All who participate with an Experiment must have a labreport of their work, which are needed for the jury to determinethe winning project in each type.
    - All who participate with a Working Model must provide areport with the working principles and materials of their model,which are needed for the jury to determine the winning project ineach type.

Choosing a category

  • Biomedical, Biological and Chemical Sciences:
    projects concerning Biology, Chemistry
    Biochemistry, Biotechnology,Medicine and Pharmacology.

  • Computer Science and Mathematics:
    Informatics, Software Engineering, Digital Electronics, etc.,
    aswell as original mathematical explanations.

  • Ecology and Environmental Science:
    includes, but is not limited to projects concerned with
    modern-dayissues such as depleting the ozone layer,
    pollution of soils,waters and air.

  • Physical Sciences and Engineering:
    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 fromintermediate disciplines (Bioinformatics, Biophysics, Neuroscience,Palaeontology), as well projects using methods, or ideas from many areasmust choose the category they think their project fits best in.

AVOID USING ANY HAZARDOUS MATERIALS IN YOUR PROJECTS. DO NOT USE ANY LIVINGANIMALS - THAT INCLUDES (BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO) INSECTS, MICE, FISH ANDAMPHIBIANS, AND ANYTHING THAT RUNS FASTER THAN YOU AND YOUR PARTNER. INPROJECTS INVOLVING HUMAN SUBJECTS, MAKE SURE THE VOLUNTEERS WALK AWAYPHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY UNHARMED.

If your study requires such materials, please use photos.

Choosing a Project Type

Experiment

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 thesources of information you used. For more info on, MLA please visit: Purdue or EasyBib
All experiments authors must have a report at the fair. The Lab Report CANbe incorporated in the poster. It is not mandatory for the presentation tofollow 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 orhypothesis, the procedure you used for the investigation, the data youcollected, the results of your research and what you can conclude from thisexperiment. You may also mention noteworthy information about thereferences you consulted, your materials, modifications you made orchallenges you experienced, if you would change something if you did thisexperiment 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.

Working Model

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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