Science Fair 2013

Rules and Regulations

– The Science Fair is open to all ESSARP Member and Affiliate Schools. – Even though individual projects will be accepted, ESSARP wishes to foster team-work. – The event will be divided into categories according to the students’ age group:

  • Junior: Years 3 to 6
  • Intermediate: Year 7 to Senior 2
  • Senior: Senior 3 to Senior 5

– Each school can present no more than two projects in all and they should belong to different categories. – All projects will be subject to review with special emphasis on safety regulations.

– Completed Entry Forms should be returned to – The Project Form (which will be sent to you after confirmation of participation) – An abstract of the project together with a list of materials should be sent as soon as the school is certain about the project/s theyare going to present. – Abstracts submitted should be no longer than 200 words including:

  • Title
  • Purpose of the work
  • Contribution to the state-of-the-art
  • Methods used
  • Findings obtained
  • Conclusions
  • Authors, affiliations and footnotes

– The abstract must be produced in a 12-point Times New Roman font, 1.5 spaced, with 2.54 cm margins all the way round.

The following rules must be followed by all exhibitors at the ESSARP Science Fair.

If a student needs to use prohibited materials to carry out the project, then he/ she should consider the use of videos, photographs, drawings or any other means of describing the project.

Any exhibit which violates these safety rules will not be allowed to participate

1. Any tool, organism or substance which could be hazardous to the public is prohibited from display. The prohibited items include:

– Live disease-causing organisms which are pathogenic to man and other live vertebrates – Microbial cultures (including plants) and fungi, live or dead, including unknown specimens – Any flames, open or concealed – Highly flammable materials – Class III or IV lasers – Firearms or projectile launchers of any kind – Tanks which contained, or have contained, combustible gases (e.g. propane) – Preserved vertebrate or invertebrate animals – Human or animal parts (Exception: teeth, hair, nails, bones, histological sections, and wet mount tissue slides) – Poisons, drugs or controlled substances Again please note that students are encouraged to use photographs and drawings to illustrate their research.

1. All operating exhibits must meet the following requirements:

– Any exhibit producing temperatures exceeding 100º C must be adequately insulated from its surroundings – Any moving belts or pulleys must be covered – Batteries with open-top cells are not permitted (Other types of batteries may be used) – High-voltage equipment must be shielded with a grounded metal box or cage to prevent accidental contact – High-voltage wiring, switches, and metal parts must be located out of reach of observers and designed with an adequate overload afety factor. – All electrical wiring must be properly protected. – Nails, tacks, staples or other conducting materials must not be used to fasten electrical wiring. – Where electrical switches are required in display, standard enclosed switches must be used on circuits operating with more than 12 volts. – Electrical connections in 220 volt circuits must be soldered or fixed under approved connectors and connecting wires must be roperly insulated.

– All presentations must be in English. – ESSARP will provide each group with a stall of 2 by 2 mts, table, chairs and one socket (to which an adaptor can be attached). – School should provide:

  • all the technological equipment they need (for powerpoint presentations schools should bring their own computer – laptops preferable- ).
  • adaptors
  • posters
  • tin-tags
  • school flag, badge or banner

– Registration and the set up of the stalls will start at 8 a.m. – We recommend the schools to form groups of students in order to take shifts for the presentations. Remember that the Fair closes at 4 p.m.! – There will be an hour lunch break. Each teacher is responsible for the students during break. – Each student will be given a certificate of participation. – There should be at least one teacher per project. – Each school is responsible for the removal of all of their display materials at the conclusion of the Science Fair.

Some of the following items may be recognized by the judges: – Originality and creativity – Rigorous Scientific methodologies – Deep research and understanding of the theoretical principles – Scope and practical application of the project – Accurate and concise presentation of the theoretical principles – Clear development of the practical aspects of the investigation – Solid team work performance during the presentation – Originality in the graphic and spatial design of the presentation – Interdisciplinary work


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