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Loudon County Science Fair

What
Loudon County Science Fair
When
2/18/2020, 5:00 PM 7:00 PM
Where
Loudon High School

Grade Levels: 6-8
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020
Location: Loudon High School

Schedule of Events
5 PM – 5:30 PM - Registration of projects begins
5:00 P.M. – 5:30 P.M. - Project Set-up and public viewing (displayed projects will be protected by workers)
5:30 P.M. - Parents leave the judging area
5:45 P.M. - Judging begins
7:00 P.M. - Awards will be given in each category in the auditorium

All persons except judges, entrants, and persons assisting with the science fair must leave the judging area at 5:30 P.M. Winners will be announced, and a prize awarded at 7 P.M. in the LHS Auditorium. Food will be available for purchase at the concessions area provided by LHS. While science fair judging takes place, parents and attendees will be able to tour the elementary school Science Fair Expo in the main lobby of LHS.

PROJECT CATERGORIES:

Physical & Biological Experiments Robotics
Engineering & Design Models Animation
3-D Modeling Programming Challenge

Participants will receive a number at the registration table and should attach this number to the front of the project. Name of student, school, grade level, or other identifying information should not be visible on the front of the project. After registration, participants should take projects to designated rooms and set up projects. Students should be with their projects starting at 5:15 PM.

Because of the number of entrants and the amount of time certain categories have taken, the committee has made the decision to limit the interview time. Depending on the number of entrants, students will be provided time to explain their project and judges will ask questions. Additionally, participants should be encouraged to bring books, or other quiet items to pass the waiting time.

All project work (drawing, labels, etc.) is to be completed by the student. Students may work in a partnership (two students max. per project). Both students will be expected to contribute equally to the project and will be responsible for being able to explain or provide a project description. Backboards for larger projects may be constructed with help.

EXPERIMENTS: Experiments should be performed by the student. Live animals may be exhibited with projects; however, they must be properly attended. No open flames or explosive materials are to be used. A hot plate may be used. Student must abide by the Experimental Design Process, as outlined by the project rubric. Students may use a tri-fold poster board to accompany their project, but the board must be able to stand alone. Students may also use a digital presentation to display their project information. (The size limitation of a the project is 4 feet wide by 2 ½ feet deep by 10 feet in height.)

ENGINEERING & DESIGN: Projects should be developed by the student. Operational designs/models will be accepted but are not required. Student must abide by the Engineering & Design Process, as outlined by the project rubric. Students must abide by the Experimental Design Process, as outlined by the project rubric. Students may use a tri-fold poster board to accompany their project, but the board must be able to stand alone. Students may also use a digital presentation to display their project information. (The size limitation of a the project is 4 feet wide by 2 ½ feet deep by 10 feet in height.)

ANIMATIONS: This category is defined as any original project that generally consists of a sequence of images of the motion of objects to create a video. Animation can involve programming sprites to talk, move, and interact. This can include, but is not limited to, short movies, music videos, comical shorts, and others by using a variety of animation techniques. Animation can also be stop-motion animation; the technique of photographing successive drawings or positions of puppets or models to create an illusion of movement when the movie is shown as a sequence.
Software may include, but not be limited to:

Scratch (or Scratch 2.0 Offline Editor) Adobe Animate CC
Crayola Easy Animation Studio Toontastic
iFunFace PowToon
Flipnote Studio 3D iStopMotion
StikBot Plotagon | Tutorial and Sample Project
Toon Boom | Tutorial and Sample Project

3-D MODELING: This category is defined as any original work digitally created and modeled in three dimensions using specialized software. Models are NOT required to be printed on a 3D printer. Project must be presented in the software used to create the model(s). Judges will ask questions to determine the level of understanding of the software and design process.
Software may include, but not limited to:

Blender Zbrush Maya
AutoCad SketchUp GollyGee Blocks (iOS)
LightWave. Tinkercad

PROGRAMMING: Projects in this category are executable programs created by the student using a programming language. All parts of the program must be the author’s own design.
Sample programming languages include, but are not limited to:

Java Python JavaScript
C++ PHP Swift

ROBOTICS: Projects in this category are autonomous machines engineered and programmed by the student from their own concepts and designs, or published drawings/kits. Devices controlled through direct, real time remote control by the student are not appropriate (ie: remote controlled cars). Once started, the robotics project should operate as a standalone independent machine without human interaction. Student engineered robot designs and concepts are encouraged.
Examples of commercially available robotics kits (but not limited to):

Lego K'Nex Capsella
VEX Technics

Student must (1) be responsible for delivery of project to county science fair site, (2) be present with project during judging; unattended projects will not be judged, (Judging begins at 5:45 P.M.), and (3) be able to explain project to judges.

Please make sure your project meets the above guidelines!
If you cannot attend, please let your school’s Science Fair Chairperson know ASAP, so an alternate may compete.

AWARDS:

6-8: Top three (3) projects in each category will be awarded "Grand Champion" plaques. All other entries will receive "Honorable Mention" ribbons.
Without consultation with science fair officials, judges will decide top winners in each project category. (Top three (3) projects in each category will be awarded "Grand Champion" plaques. All other entries will receive "Honorable Mention" ribbons.) Entry numbers of winning projects will be sealed in envelopes provided and presented to science fair officials. Envelopes will be opened, and winners will be announced at 7:00 P.M. Judges will abide by category rubric requirements.

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