22nd International Elementz Fair (20th April 2021)

22nd International Elementz Fair (20th April 2021)

The annual Elementz Fair (formerly known as Elementz Science Research Conference and Exhibition) aims to provide a platform for Upper Secondary and Junior College students to showcase their primary and secondary scientific research, and prototypes which can contribute to the betterment of society.

This year, the Elementz Fair will be featured as a key event in our inaugural 3-day S.T.E.A.M. Conference held from 20th to 22nd April 2021. The S.T.E.A.M. Conference aims to allow students to appreciate the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics through talks, workshops and learning journeys.

The Elementz Fair will be held entirely online. Students can submit their projects under the following categories:

Category A: Science Research

Examine a Science and/or Mathematics problem using primary research (i.e. data collected from experiments) and/or secondary research (i.e. data collected from other official sources).

Category B: Innovation

The invitation letter for the 22nd International Elementz Fair is attached here. The deadline for the online registration is now extended to 22nd February 2021 (Mon).

In addition, the presentation deck template for Category A Science Research can be downloaded here  and the presentation deck template for Category B Innovation can be downloaded here.


Annex A

CATEGORY A: SCIENCE AND/OR MATHEMATICS RESEARCH PROJECT

  1. OVERVIEW: PARTICIPATION RULES AND REGULATIONS 

1.1 Primary research and/or secondary research may be conducted for Science and/or Mathematics Research Project. Primary Research is based on raw first-hand data collected by the researchers themselves. Secondary research involves the use of information gathered originally by primary research which is then further analysed.

1.2 Each project must be sponsored by a teacher and approved by the HOD. It is the responsibility of the teacher representatives and/or the HOD to ensure that the research project is carried out by student participants in a COVID-19 safe manner in accordance to the prevailing rules. Schools must ensure that the necessary precautions are carried out.

1.3 Both the synopsis and presentation deck must be submitted into the google drive folder designated to the school by the submission deadline, 5th March 2021.

1.4 The Organisers reserve the right not to consider late entries.

 

  1.   ELIGIBILITY

2.1 Teacher representatives must indicate if they are competing in the Secondary School category, or the JC or high school equivalent category.

2.2 As a guideline, students who are still attending secondary school in 2021 must compete in the Secondary School category. Students who are attending JC or high school equivalent must compete in the JC or high school equivalent category.

2.3 In the event that the team has a mixture of students from both groups, the team must compete in the JC or high school equivalent category.

2.4 Registration of JC or high school equivalent students in the secondary school category would result in disqualification. Please check with the Organisers if schools are unclear on the category.

2.5 If a school such as Integrated Programme (IP) school has projects in which some are undertaken by secondary school students, and others are undertaken by JC or high school equivalent students, the school can still only register a total maximum of five projects. Please register the projects under the correct categories.

 

  1.   PROJECTS

3.1 Both the project synopsis and the presentation deck must be named with the project code, and deposited in the google drive folder designated for the school. Both the project synopsis and the presentation deck must not include acknowledgements (such as name of school, name of mentor or research institutions) or external endorsements.

3.2 The project synopsis is a concise summary of the report which will be used during pre-judging and shortlisting for further Q&A. The synopsis will not be judged. For the synopsis, submit a word document comprising of an abstract (100 to 200 words), keys steps in methods (100 to 200 words), results and discussion (300 to 500 words), and a conclusion (50 to 100 words).

3.3 The presentation deck should include the following: (a) Literature Review and Rationale, (b) Research Question(s), Hypothesis(es), Engineering Goal(s) and Expected Outcome(s), (c) Procedures or Methods, (d) Analysis of findings with credit given to the appropriate source and reference, (e) Risk and Safety and Methods for Data Analysis, and (f) Bibliography.

3.4 If the research projects conducted involve animals and birds, please adhere to the rules regarding the care and use of animals for scientific purposes, as published on the website of The Animal & Veterinary Service (AVS) at:

https://www.nparks.gov.sg/avs/resources/legislation/animals-and-birds-act-chapter-7

3.5 Most proposed research projects involving vertebrate animals and/or potentially hazardous biological agents must be reviewed and approved by the Scientific Review Committee (SRC) before experimentation. All proposed human research must be reviewed and approved by an Institutional Review Board (IRB) before experimentation begins. For more information, please visit

https://www.science.edu.sg/docs/default-source/scs-documents/for-schools/ssef_2018_operational_guidelines_for_src_and_irb_2018.pdf


Annex B

CATEGORY B: INNOVATION PROJECT

  1. OVERVIEW: PARTICIPATION RULES AND REGULATIONS 

1.1 Each team proposes an idea or solution that can address a societal issue that Singapore is facing today or will face in the near future. The idea or solution should be in accordance to the theme: Sustainability.

1.2 Each project must be sponsored by a teacher and approved by the HOD. It is the responsibility of the teacher representatives and/or the HOD to ensure that the innovation project is carried out by student participants in a COVID-19 safe manner in accordance to the prevailing rules. Schools must ensure that the necessary precautions are carried out.

1.3 The presentation deck must be submitted into the google drive folder designated to the school by the submission deadline, 5th March 2021.

1.4 The Organisers reserve the right not to consider late entries.

 

  1. ELIGIBILITY

2.1 Teacher representatives must indicate if they are competing in the Secondary School category, or the JC or high school equivalent category.

2.2 As a guideline, students who are still attending secondary school in 2021 must compete in the Secondary School category. Students who are attending JC or high school equivalent must compete in the JC or high school equivalent category.

2.3 In the event that the team has a mixture of students from both groups, the team must compete in the JC or high school equivalent category.

2.4 Registration of JC or high school equivalent students in the secondary school category would result in disqualification. Please check with the Organisers if schools are unclear on the category.

2.5 If a school such as Integrated Programme (IP) school has projects in which some are undertaken by secondary school students, and others are undertaken by JC or high school equivalent students, the school can still only register a total maximum of five projects. Please register the projects under the correct categories.

  1.   PROJECTS

3.1 The presentation deck must be named with the project code, and deposited in the google drive folder designated for the school. The presentation deck must not include acknowledgements (such as name of school or name of mentor) or external endorsements.

3.2 The presentation deck should include the following: (a) Identified Problem with Analysis, (b) Proposed Prototype (Solution), Features, Analysis and Effects, (c) STEM Application, and  (d) Labelled Illustration and/or photographs of Prototype.

3.3  If the innovation projects involve animals and birds, please adhere to the rules regarding the care and use of animals for scientific purposes, as published on the website of The Animal & Veterinary Service (AVS) at:

https://www.nparks.gov.sg/avs/resources/legislation/animals-and-birds-act-chapter-7

3.4 If the innovation projects involve vertebrate animals and/or potentially hazardous biological agents, they are most likely required to be reviewed and approved by the Scientific Review Committee (SRC) before experimentation. All proposed human research must be reviewed and approved by an Institutional Review Board (IRB) before experimentation begins. For more information, please visit

https://www.science.edu.sg/docs/default-source/scs-documents/for-schools/ssef_2018_operational_guidelines_for_src_and_irb_2018.pdf


 

Annex C

ONLINE PRESENTATION SKILLS WORKSHOP

The online presentation skills workshop was successfully concluded on 27th Jan 2021. We thank our presenters Mr Lam Meng Hwee, Mrs Lim Li Ting, and Mrs Chai Chung Mun for sharing tips on how to do an effective and clear presentation, as well as how to record a video using different platforms. If you missed our workshop, please view our recorded video below.

We thank the following schools who attended our inaugural online workshop:

(Local Schools)

Anderson Secondary School, Chung Cheng High Yishun, Compassvale Secondary School, Edgefield Secondary School, Fuhua Secondary School, Kranji Secondary School, Nan Chiau High School, Orchid Park Secondary School, Raffles Girls' School, Regent Secondary School, St Joseph's Institution, and Temasek Junior College,

(Thailand School) Mahidol Wittayanusorn School

(Vietnam School) Bui Thi Xuan High School, and the Vinschool group of schools.

 

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