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2014 SYNOPSYS
CHAMPIONSHIP
March 11-12, 2014 at the San Jose Convention Center
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Application Postmark Deadlines 
Oct 24 , 2013- Deadline
for Sr High Applications needing SRC pre-approval.
Jan 9, 2014- Deadline for Middle School Applications needing SRC pre-approval.
Jan 30, 2014
- Final Deadline for all Applications


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Project SPONSORS, MENTORS, and PSPs

SPONSOR: The sponsor is usually a teacher at the school the student attends. The sponsor is the primary contact with SCVSEFA for applications, paperwork, etc.

The sponsor takes responsibility for submitting and signing paperwork. If the project was done at school, the sponsor is also responsible for active supervision of the experimentation.

MENTOR: The mentor provides specialized technical guidance in the specific area of the student’s research.  The sponsor and the mentor may be the same person.

PARENT SPONSORED PROJECTS:
Home school students can enter the fair as Parent Sponsored Projects.

Students who cannot find a teacher sponsor may also enter Parent Sponsored Projects under the following conditions:

  1. No teacher at the student’s school is willing to sponsor projects to the Synopsys Championship.
  2. Participating teachers at the student’s school are only willing to sponsor their own students and the student’s teacher is not participating.
  3. Other exceptions may be granted permission on a case-by-case basis.
  4. Parents of students coming in under PSP must attend a TEACHER workshop.

            Note: For these projects, “PSP” is listed as the school.
 
 

FALL INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS:

Student Clinic Presentation link for 2014 fair

Discouraged Science Fair Projects         Engineering Projects

What is the Science Fair Project Process?

Checkout the ScienceBuddies website page entitled Science Fair Project Guide for a step by step process for making your project.

  Help! I need to find a project for the science fair! 

 

  Websites:

  • http://www.sciencebuddies.org/ (a favorite of the librarians at Santa Clara City Library!)  The ScienceBuddies.org website has a worksheet which suggests projects based on your expressed interests.

 

http://school.discoveryeducation.com/sciencefaircentral/Science-Fair-Projects.html

http://www.societyforscience.org/ISEF/

http://ei.cornell.edu/student/

 

Books & Articles: Library Resources

 

Recommended Science Fair Books

The directors of the Synopsys Championship recommend the following book for parents, teachers, and students. It's the best science-fair book we've ever seen.

Using Statistics in Science Projects,

Internet Enhanced (Science Fair Success)

  by Melanie Jacobs Krieger 2002

Enslow Publishers, Inc

40 Industrial Rd, Box398

Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922

www.enslow.com

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Science Projects: How to Collect, Analyze,

  By Richard A. Newhouse 2006

Gormley Publishing
437 Woodie’s Rd
Waynesburg, Pa 15370

Your teacher or school library may have a copy sent by the SCVSEFA. 


Best Science Fair Book

The directors of the Synopsys Championship recommend the following book for parents, teachers, and students. It's the best science-fair book we've ever seen.

 

Brynie, Faith Hickman.

Painless Science Projects.
Barron's Educational Series, Inc.,
Hauppauge, NY. 1998.
More Information

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Online Tracking the Status of Your Project

When you have submitted your project to SCVSEFA, it is then your responsibility to track its status on the web site.  Use the“Project Status” link to the left to find your project and the assigned Project Number according to your school and teacher.

 

Project status should be listed on the web site about 7-10 days following the deadline or an earlier mail submission.  If you cannot find your project within 2 weeks of submission, please contact the fair manager.

 

Once entered, your project be listed as “project received – check back in 7 days”.

 

After review for quality standards and to determine if safety issues need to be addressed, your project status will change to one of the following:

  • project accepted – everything is fine.

 
  • project failed to qualify – only given for major safety hazards or rules violations that cannot be corrected.

 
  • project incomplete – see your teacher -If you find this note, contact your teacher to find out what is wrong. An e-mail note will have been sent to the teacher with your project number in the subject line and a message.

§If the message is quality issues, check your procedures against the Minimum Quality Standards listed on the application form and on the web site.  Resubmit your improved procedures as an e-mail reply to the note sent by the Safety Review Committee.

§If the message is Forms Violation, the note will specify the problem to be fixed.  Continue to monitor the status of your project until it is listed as “accepted”.

Please make sure the subject matter of your project is in the correct scientific category by using the link below

Science Fair Project Categories

 

Students need to understand these Project Display Rules to prepare for the fair

 


 FAQs - Judging at the Fair: link 
  

 What to bring to the Fair:
Check-In Day, Tues March 11, 2014 Noon - 6PM

Students (or designated adult) should bring ... (Noon - 6PM)

  • Your Project Board and research Notebook.
  • A completed 2-page Compliance Checklist
    (see Project Status for the project number)
  • Your Abstracts. Be aware that some PDF readers won't save
    the form, and so it should be printed before exiting the PDF reader.  Instructions for abstracts should be reviewed
     
    Grades 9-12 remember that you should bring 15-20 copies of your abstract along with your project board and your notebook on check-in day.
    Grades 6-8, should bring 10 copies of your abstract.
     

Sample Abstracts from Jr High.
Sample Abstract from Sr High.

If your project has human subjects, bring in all the completed
Form 4 sheets (one form signed by each human subject).

If your project is a continuation from last year, you must have a Form 7 in your application at the fair.
 
If your project was done at a Registered Research Institution, Form 1C must be with your project board at check-in.


   What to bring to the Fair:  

Judging Day, Wed March 12, 2014 2-6PM

  • Name Badge from check-in day
  • Bottled Water (no water fountains are available inside the South Hall)
  • Snack (no food is available inside the South Hall)
  • A book, an iPod, etc. to occupy your mind during the slow times.

A Fair Activity Summary for students is available

 
 

   When to go:    

San Jose McEnery Convention Center, South Hall

For Parking and Project Drop-Off locations. Students may be dropped off with their projects at the Balbach St location, but there is no parking at the South Hall, itself. Public parking

March 11, 2014 (Tuesday)

Project Check-in: Noon - 6:00 PM

All projects must be checked in by 6PM on March 11th!

March 12, 2014 (Wednesday)
Students enter the exhibit hall at 2:00 PM
Judging: 2PM - 6PM

CRITERIA FOR JUDGING PROJECTS

Science

Experiments

Engineering Design

Projects

Scientific Thought (30 points )

  • Was the hypothesis clearly stated?
  • Was the experiment repeated several times?
  • Was the conclusion justified and properly drawn from experimental results?
  • Was sufficient preliminary research performed and applied?

Engineering Goal (30 points )

  • Was the purpose/the engineering design criteria clearly stated?
  • What will be invented/ engineered?
  • Was there evidence of redesign and retest?
  • Were the engineering design criteria tested for each step of redesign?

Creativity (30 points )

  • Is the project topic unique or the approach original?
  • Has the student used a novel approach for checking the hypothesis?

Creativity (30 points )

  • Is the project topic unique or the approach original?
  • Has the student used a novel approach to test the engineering design criteria?

Thoroughness (15 points)

  • Was adequate literary/online research conducted?
  • Did the student(s) look at different aspects of the problem – was it well planned?
  • Was there a project notebook?
  • Is the interpretation supported with data?
  • Are procedures and materials thoroughly documented?

Thoroughness (15 points)

  • Was sufficient preliminary research performed and applied?
  • Did the student(s) look at different aspects of the problem – was it well planned?
  • Was there a project notebook?Are there adequate drawings, schematics, or other documentation?
  • Has each of the criteria been well tested?

Skill  (15 points)

· Does the student understand the subject?

· Has the student used good laboratory skills – data gathering and analysis?

· Did the student acknowledge mentoring or other help?

Skill (15 points)

· Does the student understand the subject?

· Has the student used good technical skills to arrive at the solution?

· Did the student acknowledge mentoring or other help?

Clarity (10 points )

  • Is the abstract and project board accurate and understandable?
  • Was the oral presentation accurate and understandable?

Clarity (10 points )

  • Is the abstract and project board accurate and understandable?
  • Was the oral presentation accurate and understandable?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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February info for STUDENTS

Please check the “status” of your projects in the database (click on Project Status link in the left sidebar). If “incomplete”, check for a previous email note from the SRC committee to your teacher concerning why the project is incomplete. The email notice will have the project number in the subject line of the email.
We need your response to the email notice that the project is “incomplete” very soon, as we will close the database at midnight on 2/25/14.  At that time all 'incomplete' projects will move to "withdrawn'.
If you think you have responded already, please respond/resend to the SRC committee with the project number in the subject line.