04 Web Page

Web Page Design
Chemistry and Art: Old and New
This event is limited to the first 18 entries


One way a civilization passes on its cultural heritage through the generations is by means of art.  Over time, chemistry can play a role in what the artist intends (e.g. patina of a copper statue) or can lead to its decline and decay.  But do not fear:  chemistry also can help in the piece’s preservation and restoration.  In fact, analytical laboratories dedicated to art restoration and preservation have become important parts of major museums.   

Design a website that:

o   Educates and informs a high school / college audience about how chemistry is used in art restoration and preservation.  You must include at least one example of how either sculpture or paintings can be restored or preserved.

o   Describe the chemical processes and methods used to analyze, restore and/or preserve art.  Include specific information about the techniques and methods that are used.  

o   Understanding the chemistry, describe choices a typical person can make to preserve their own personal artwork.

o   Includes citations for ALL sources of information.

o   Is attractive and easy-to-use.

Web Development Restrictions / Guidelines

  • The web site should be developed using current standard HTML/Javascript coding. 
  • No plug-ins should be assumed or required for viewing of the web site.
  • Focus primary efforts on the content of their website -- NOT on distracting "bells & whistles"
  • Please be aware that external links (to other web sites) may be included, however they will not be accessible on the day of the competition since you will be presenting your website off of your CD (ie: you will not be connected to the Internet). External links that are included (as they should be) will be evaluated by judges during the first phase of judging, prior to the day of your presentation.
  • Only use images that have a "Creative Commons" license.  Use of copyright protected images will be penalized.

INSTRUCTOR & DEVELOPER'S NOTE:  It is imperative that unique content is created for the webpage.  The site must be functional without any Internet access.  Please test your CD ROM's on a different computer before sending them in for judging.  Start page is commonly named index.html

All teams must submit:
  • TWO identical labeled CD’s containing their website, (submitted in separate labeled sleeves, NOT jewel cases)
  • the URL at which their website is publicly accessible
  • each CD must be labeled with the school name, authors & URL

The aforementioned must be submitted by the deadline as outlined in the Competition Guidelines. The website on the CD’s and the publicly-accessible website must be identical. No changes of any type are allowed to either between the time of submission and the day of the competition. The judges will examine both the CD website and the URL website in the judging. Approximately two weeks before the day of the competition, all of the URL’s for all competing teams will be made available on the NJCO website. Thus competitors will be able to view each other’s websites.

Also --  Email the link to your webpage to: nmacke12@yahoo.com by 4 pm. Wednesday April 23, 2014.


There will be two phases to the judging. The first phase occurs after receipt of the submitted CD’s and URL’s. The judges will examine the websites and evaluate them as to:

Web Site Design (25% of total score)

  • Site functionality (all pages load, links work, easy-to-navigate) 5%
  • Site appearance (pages are visually appealing) 10%
  • Site originality (uniqueness of style and content) 10%

Chemistry Content (50% of total score)

Relevance and accuracy of information regarding

  • Information about art restoration and preservation 10%
  • Explanation of chemical processes 30%
  • All information is properly cited and from credible sources 10%

The second phase of judging occurs on the day of the competition. Each team will make a short 4-minute summary presentation of their website. This presentation will be made using the CD submitted earlier. There will be no live internet access for the presentation - teams should plan their presentations accordingly. The audience will include both the judges and their fellow competitors. After this, there will be a brief question-and-answer period during which time the judges will pose questions about the website. Questions will deal with both the web page design and the chemistry content of the site. All team members will be expected to have at least some knowledge of both aspects. This phase will be evaluated as follows:

Presentation (25% of total score)

  • overall presentation preparedness  5%
  • effective summary of website (brief, highlights important aspects) 10%
  • questions and answers (demonstrate knowledge of topics) 10%
The publicly-accessible URL and the three CD’s must be received by the deadline - there will be no extensions. The content of the sites must be identical. No changes to either are permitted after submission. The URL must remain active and publicly accessible throughout the time period from the date of submission until the day of the competition. All material on the website must be original or properly cited. Violation of any of these provisions are grounds for disqualification.

Team Identification

It is crucial to identify all submissions with the information below, to prevent mix-up.  In particular, schools with multiple teams must clearly differentiate between team A and B

Each submission (research reports, CDs, DVD, reports, etc) must include the following 4 items:

  1. Name of school
  2. Team A or B designation, if applicable
  3. Names of students (clearly printed legibly)
  4. Name of coach

Event designed by Chris Nilsen, Pascack Hills High School and Art Hendela, Hendela System Consultants Inc.