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XVth Annual Sciences & Arts Fair - May 9 & 10, 2013

Dear School Officials and Faculty,

After the successful meeting we had with you or your representatives in the afternoon of Friday 23/11/2012, the below is a summary of what was discussed and approved by all participants.

A discussion forum is available on our LAU Sciences and Arts Fair Facebook page. The organising committee will be actively answering questions, at a rate of twice a month.

The following is a timetable to follow for the 15th Students’ Annual Sciences and Arts Fair, which will be held Thursday and Friday, May 9 and 10, 2013 at the LAU Byblos campus grounds.

 Best Regards,

Sciences and Arts Fair Committee

Arts Projects Descriptions

1.Visual Arts Contests:

The students can participate in any of the following arts categories:

  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Sculpture
  • Poster Design (Open)
  • Film making
  • Photography

All students who participate will receive a copy of the LAU Graphic Design Department End-of-Year publication. This booklet contains samples of LAU student designs and an interactive CD.

Students participating in any of the arts categories must have their projects available at the LAU - Byblos campus, to the attention of Dr. Mars Semaan no later than Friday, March 22, 2013, at 3:30 p.m. Sorry, but no late arrivals will be accepted. Semi-finalists will be notified through their respective schools, for them to come to the award ceremony on Friday, May 10th, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. Schools can participate in 2 projects in each domain in each of the two levels of student grades categories. The sizes of all Art work should NOT exceed 50X50X60 cm in width, height and length.

Project Name Team size Team Space  Application date Deadline for receiving projects Level
Arts Categories 1 student 2 per domain per level 50X50X60cm in width, height and length (Max)  01/03/2013 22/03/2013 High school & Intermediate

2.Poetries, Short Stories and Essays:

The students participating in the writing contest for Poetries, Short Stories and Essays (in the three languages, Arabic English and French): The contest will take place on the LAU Byblos Campus grounds (Selina Korban Theatre) on Saturday March 23, 2013 from 09:00 to 13:00. The topic to write about will be provided to the students during the contest. Students are asked to bring their pens and pencils, and LAU shall provide the scratch and contest papers. Short Stories for the Intermediate classes should not exceed 1000 words, while the Essays should not exceed 500 words. Short Stories for the Secondary classes are not to exceed 2000 words while the Essays should not exceed 1000 words. Each school can participate in 2 Poems, 2 Short Stories and 2 Essays in each of the 3 languages and in the two levels of student grades categories. Semi-finalists will be notified through their respective schools, for them to come to the award ceremony on Friday, May 10th 2013, at 1:00 p.m.

Project Name Team size  Team Space Application deadline Competition date Level
 
 Poetry/ Short Story/ Essay 1 student 2 poems, 2 stories and 2 essays per language and level Intermediate: 1000 words (story), 500 words (essay). Secondary: 2000 words (story), 1000 words (essay) 01/03/2013 23/03/2013 (09:00 to 13:00)  Intermediate/ Secondary classes

 3.Public Speaking (English):

One applicant per school can participate. The contest will take place on the LAU Byblos campus grounds, Science Bldg. Rm. 608 on May 10, 2013 from 10:00a.m. to 12:00 pm.

In order for students to be qualified to apply, they need to attend the Public Speaking Workshop which will be held at LAU Byblos campus grounds on April 6, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Science Bldg. Rm. 607-608.

The theme of the informative speech will be Innovation. Applicants will be asked to choose a specific topic and give a three minute informative speech on it.
A soft copy of the speech will have to be sent to suraya.rahme@lau.edu.lb by Friday May 3, 2013. Applicants will also be asked to use PowerPoint as a visual aid. The speech must be done in English and will be graded on content and delivery.

Semi-finalists will be notified after all the presentations are done in order to come to the award ceremony on May 10, 2013.

Project Name Team size Team Space Application deadline Competition date Level
Public speaking (English)  1 student 1 applicant
/school
N.A. 03/05/2013 10/05/2013 (10:00 to 12:00) High School or Intermediate

4.Public speaking (Arabic):

فن الإلقاء

سيطلب من المتقدمين مواضيع مفتوحة من الشعر والنثر تتضمن مؤلفات لشعراء معاصرين وهم: محمود درويش، خليل حاوي و نزار قبّاني، وسيحدد الوقت لخمس دقائق لكل طالب، سيتم إختيار طالب من كل مرحلة (إبتدائية أو ثانوية) لكل مدرسة، و سيراعى التشويق في الإلقاء:

  •  (نبرات الصوت)
  • التأني في الكلام
  •  حركات اليدين.

One applicant per school can participate. The contest will take place on the LAU Byblos campus grounds , Science Bldg. Rm. 607, on May 10, 2013 from 10:00a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

A soft copy of the speech will have to be sent to: nidale.daccache@lau.edu.lb by Friday May 3, 2013. Applicants will also be asked to use PowerPoint as a visual aid. The speech must be done in Arabic and will be graded on content and delivery.

Semi-finalists will be notified after all the presentations are done in order to come to the award ceremony on May 10, 2013.

 

Project Name Team size Team Space Application deadline Competition date Level
Public speaking (Arabic) 1 student 1 applicant
/school
N.A. 03/05/2013 10/05/2013 (10:00 to 12:00) Any level

 

5.The performing Arts:

Students should be ready at 12:00 noon on Friday, May 10, 2013, at the Selina Korban theatre for their performances.

  1. Dance: Every school can participate with only one troop of dancers (5 to 10 students). The students are supposed to select the music and the costumes, prepare the choreography and all accessories. The dance performance should NOT be a traditional or folk dance. The performances will take place on Friday May 10, 2013 in the afternoon, followed by the award giving ceremony. The whole performance should not exceed 5 minutes, or the troop will be disqualified. The performance shall be stopped at exactly 5 minutes.
  2. Theatre: Every school can participate with only one troop of performers (3 to 10 students). The students are supposed to select the play, design their scene, costumes, and peripherals. The performances will take place on Friday May 10, 2013 in the afternoon. The whole performance should not exceed 8 minutes, or the troop will be disqualified. No mise-en-scène is allowed on stage. The performance shall be stopped at exactly 8 minutes.

 

Project Name Team size Team Space Application deadline Competition date Level
The Performing Arts

5-10 dancers
3-10 actors

 One troop of actors and one troop of dancers per school 5 min for the dance and 8 minutes for the theatre performance 01/03/2013 10/05/2013 (12:00pm) High School and Intermediate (both)

 

Science Project Descriptions

6. Science Knowledge Contest:

The students participating in the Science Knowledge contest should prepare by studying Physics, Chemistry and Biology related to the Program of the Lebanese Government for the 1st and 2nd Secondary classes. This is a general knowledge type contest and will not look like the Brevet or Bacc. II official exams. The students will go through an elimination stage by answering 30 questions (10 in each of the topics). The questions will be flipped every 60 seconds (one minute) through a large screen from a Power Point presentation. The answers will be through a multiple choice type questions (Answer one from 4 or 5 different given answers). Students may bring calculators of any kind. One team of 2 or 3 students per school may participate. One of the students may be a 1st secondary student while the other two should be from the second secondary class.
The first elimination contest will take place at 11:00 a.m. sharp on Thursday May 9, 2013 IN SELINA KORBAN. The finals, if needed, will take place at 14:30 (2:30p.m.) the same day and winners will be notified so that they return on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. for the Science award giving ceremony.
 

Project Name Team size Team Space Application deadline Competition date Level
Science Knowledge contest  3 (one from the 1ST sec and 2 from the 2nd sec) One team per school N.A. 01/03/2013  09/03/2013 at 11:00
Finals at 14:30 pm
Secondary classes (1st & 2nd)

 

7. Science Concept Movie Competition: NEW

Background information: The best way to learn is to teach! This competition gives the students an opportunity to explain a scientific concept. The movies will serve as a database for fellow students to learn and better understand these concepts.

Project description and evaluation criteria: Students participating in this competition will prepare a short movie that explains a scientific concept. The movie should not exceed 3 minutes, and the concept explained could be either in Physics, Chemistry, or Biology. The movie is judged based on the quality of the movie (editing, graphics, and effects) and the innovation used in presenting and elaborating the concept. The difficulty of the concept will be considered but not of great importance. Experimental work is highly appreciated but not required. All pictures/movie segments need to be the student work and not reproduced. If this is deemed necessary proper referencing is required.

Rules:

  • Movies must be uploaded prior to May 1st 2013 to our Science Movie Competition Facebook page .
  • There will be a total of 6 categories, 3 for intermediate and 3 for high schools. The categories are Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.
  • Each school can participate with one movie per level per category (up to 6 movies).
  • Movie lengths exceeding 3mins are automatically disqualified.
  • Winning groups will be notified prior to May 7.
  • The winning groups are invited to LAU to receive the prize on May 9. Winning movies will be displayed during the ceremony.

 

Project Name Team size Team Space Application deadline Competition date Level
Science concept movie competition Up to 6 For each school: 1 movie per level & category  3 mins length 01/03/2013 Movies uploaded prior to 01/05/2013 Intermediate and high school

 

8. The Big Science Challenge: UPDATED

Background information: Human activities in our Planet have produced changes in our climate. As human population grows, so does the consumption of the Earth’s resources and the waste produced by us. We can reduce the amount of waste and the amount of CO2 generated by Recycling, Reusing, and Reducing the use of material. Moreover, the demand for energy is increasing as well. A bigger demand for energy affects the Earth’s resources. Everything we consume (eg. food) and use (eg. cars) requires energy. In order to keep up with energy demands, power stations are burning more and more fossil fuels. This process is increasing the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere. Choosing the correct energy source is nowadays as important as its rational use.

Project description and evaluation criteria: This year the Big Science Challenge focuses on helping our planet by implementing a project in your school that reduce climate change. While searching and implementing your problem, report on the following steps:

  1. Identify three problems in your school that are negatively affecting climate change.
  2. Rank the ideas starting with the largest to lowest impact on climate change. (amount of CO2 that will be saved)
  3. Rank the ideas starting with the cheapest to the most expensive to implement.
  4. Implement (or test) the idea with the highest impact to cost ratio. It is very important to implement the project in your school or at least test it.

Examples of some problems that could be tackled:

  • Recycle of: paper, aluminium/ glass/ plastic bottles.
  • Reuse of wasted material in activities and projects such as arts, science…
  • Reduce the amount of electricity, water, heating/cooling, materials (paper, chalk…)

 

Project Name Team size Team Space Application deadline Competition date Level
The big science challenge 6 students 1 per school per level 2mx2mx3m in width, length and height (Max) 01/03/2013 09/05/2013 Intermediate and high school

 

9. Eating Well for a Better Health: Nutrition Club

The purpose of the project is:

  • To explore the connection between eating healthy or unhealthy foods and the body’s functioning.
  • To show how can food intake influence our health and lifestyle
  • To show how we can improve the way people are eating

Format of the project (Display):

  • The purpose is to display your project to a judge.
    • 2 x 2 meter exhibition area.
    • Content, or the information on the board, is the most important thing → Your display should attract the attention of a viewer
    • The title is very important in a display board. It should be eye-catching and easy to read.
    • Student will have 5 minutes to present the display to the group of judges.
    • The oral presentation should include some background information as well as a description of the practical part and its purpose.
  • The display can represent:
    • A live experiment
    • The modelling of a certain biological mechanism
    • Nutrition and health education/information tools (ex: billboards to teach mothers about breastfeeding and its advantages)
    • The chemistry of food, quantification, ingredients, degradation etc.
  • Evaluation Criteria:
    • The originality of the idea
    • The visual characteristics of the display (ex: interesting pictures, colourful design, easy to understand etc…)
    • The quality of the scientific knowledge presented
    • The oral explanation of the project (using proper scientific terms, not reading off the display, enthusiasm of the team).

 

Project Name Team size Team Space Application deadline Competition date Level
Eating Well for a Better Health 3 2 per level 2*2 meter exhibition area (5min presentation) 01/03/2013 09/05/2013 High School & Intermediate

 

10. The Low-Fat project: (Nutrition Club) New

My dessert is healthy and low fat but it still tastes good!

Background information: Fat is a very important nutrient for normal body function and we cannot live without it!
However, our fat intake should be moderate because eating a high fat diet may contribute to heart disease. Eating too much fat also contributes to excess body weight, since a gram of fat has about twice as many calories per gram as carbohydrates and proteins. Being overweight may increase your risk of developing high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases (diseases of the heart and blood vessels) and certain forms of cancer.
Also, it is important to know that certain types of fat are better than others for our health.
Where do we find the good fats? Where do we find the bad fats? How can we make foods that are lower in fat and healthier?

Aim of the project: The aim of this project is to teach students about the different types of fats in foods and their effect on health and have them prepare a DELICIOUS low fat dessert.
Students participating in this competition will be invited to attend a half-day workshop at LAU on Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. During this session, they will get to know more about dietary Fat and its positive and negative effects on health. They will also be taught tricks on how to substitute large quantities of fat in cooking.

Format of the project: Display

  • The purpose is to display your project to judges:
    • 2 x 2 meter exhibition area.
    • Includes a table where you can place the prepared dish(es) which will be tasted by the judges
    • Content, or the information on the board → Your display should attract the attention of a viewer
    • The title is very important in a display board. It should be eye-catching and easy to read.
    • The group will have 5 minutes to present the display to each group of judges.
    • The oral presentation should include some background information as well as a description of the practical part and its purpose.
  • The display should include:
    • A low-fat dessert made by the students (which would normally be very fatty)
    • The list of ingredients and procedures to make this dessert.
    • Nutrition and health education / information tools (ex: billboards to explain what are the different types of fat …etc.)

Key terms to start background research (not limited to this list):
Fat, saturated, unsaturated, trans-fats, polyunsaturated, fat-free, low fat, cardiovascular disease, good and bad cholesterol.

Evaluation criteria:
The displays will be evaluated according to:

  • The originality of the idea ( type of dessert, its taste and shape)
  • The type of ingredients used and proof of their low fat content
  • The visual characteristics of the display (ex: interesting pictures, colorful design, easy to understand…etc.)
  • The quality of the scientific knowledge presented
  • The oral presentation (using proper terms, not reading of the display, the enthusiasm of the team..)

 

Project Name Team size Team Space Application deadline Competition date Level
The Low-Fat project 3 2 per level per school A 2*2 meter exhibition area. (5min presentation)   01/03/2013 Comp.:09/05/13
Workshop:13/04/13
High School and Intermediate

 

11. Detection of genetically modified foods on the Lebanese market: (Environmental & Biology Club) NEW

Background information: The field of recombinant DNA technology-more commonly known as genetic engineering-is relatively new but has witnessed a dramatic boom in the past thirties years revolutionizing the fields of biology, medicine, and even agriculture. The need to feed an ever growing world population has led to the production of genetically modified foods (GMFs). These are foods that contain genes from other organisms. These genes serve a multitude of functions ranging from enhancing crop productivity, to frost resistance, to protection from pests. However many people argue that GMFs do more harm than good. Biosafety is one aspect that causes alarm as there have been cases where allergies and deaths have occurred after ingestion of GM products. Environmental concerns such as the effect on biodiversity, gene transfer to other organisms, ethical and moral issues such as the right to create novel organisms, and corporate monopolies are a few of the many reasons that argue against such crops. However, very few studies have focused on the presence of GMFs on the Lebanese market.

Aim of the project: The aim of the project is to check the amount of GMF existing on the Lebanese market. Each participating student is expected to collect samples from various corn based products available in local supermarkets such as corn cobs, cornflour and corn chips. The students will test these samples for the presence of foreign transgenic sequences in our Labs. DNA from the organisms will be extracted and the presence of the CaMV35S promoter-a sequence commonly found in many transgenic products- will be determined by the polymerase chain reaction method (PCR) and compared to a certified reference transgenic strain.
Such an experiment will be carried out in our laboratories under the supervision of Dr. Roy Khalaf.

Conditions: The project targets mainly senior high school students (Grade 11 and 12). One student per school is allowed. A maximum of twenty students can be accommodated and divided into groups of two. The places will be filled on a first come first serve basis.

Two to three sessions would be provided to carry out the project on Saturdays, April 13, 20 and 27, 2013.
 

Project Name Team size Team Space Application deadline Competition date Level
Detection of genetically modified foods on the Lebanese market One (Total number is 20 students) One student per school N.A. 01/03/2013 Comp.: 09/05/13
Workshop:13,20,27/04/13
Grade 11 and 12

 

12. Chemistry Magic Trick Competition: NEW

In this competition, students are asked to perform experimentally a chemistry magic trick where they should be able to explain it in a pure chemistry way; for example through a set of chemical reactions, through a concept of indicators…….
So the student should be fully aware of what are the factors behind this trick.
Thus, he/she will be graded on how clear is the experimental Magic show, how good is the presentation within the show, how much the explanation behind this trick is chemically oriented and most important how much capable is he /she to answer questions related to his/her trick.

To double check the safety of the magic trick experiment, a procedure will have to be sent to: gnaous@lau.edu.lb by Thursday April 25, 2013. Any experiment considered unsafe will be automatically rejected.

Notes:

  1. One group per school is allowed to participate.
  2. Preferably, the group should be composed of a maximum of 2 students.
  3. Students from grade 10 or grade 11 are allowed to participate.
  4. Students should bring with them any related material to the magic show (like glassware, heaters…)
  5. Unsafe magic trick experiments are not allowed.

 

Project Name Team size Team Space Application deadline Competition date Level
Chemistry magic trick 2 max One team per school Table of 1m x 0.5m 01/03/2013
And
25/04/2013
09/05/2013 Grade 10 and 11

 

13. Chemistry Olympiad:

Base Titrations Competition

Event location: Science Building of Lebanese American University Byblos.
Event date: Saturday, March 23, 2013.
Participants: Grade10 or grade 11students.
Evaluation criteria: Accuracy, Precision, Technique.
Registration deadline: March 1, 2013

Participants need to bring their own laboratory coat and safety goggles to the event. The participants can prepare for the event. A typical titration procedure is outlined below. On the day of the competition, the participants will perform the titrations three times in the laboratories of LAU. The winners of the competition will be announced at the Annual Science and Arts Fair on Thursday, May 9, 2013.

Procedure:

We will use the titration equation relating CaVa to CbVb which allows us to determine what combination of acid and base results in neutralization.

Calculation example: What volume of 1 M Al(OH)3 would be required to neutralize 50. mL of 2.0 M H2SO4?
Solution: CA = 2.0 mol/L, VA = 0.050 L
                  CB = 1.0 mol/L, VB =?
Figure out the stochiometry to calculate the unknown concentration of the base.

Titration assembly:
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Procedure of a typical acid base titration

  1. Gather together a burette, a squeeze bottle containing distilled water, a 250 mL Erlenmeyer, a 100 mL beaker. Rinse all equipment well with distilled water.
  2. Place 0.20 M HCl in the 100 mL beaker. Rinse the burette with acid (don’t forget to rinse the tip). Fill the burette to the 0 mL mark with HCl. (Ensure that there are no air bubbles in the tip of the burette).
  3. Using a 10.00 ml pipette, transfer 10.00 mL of a solution of NaOH (that will be given to you) into the 250 mL Erlenmeyer flask.
  4. Add 5 drops of phenolphthalein to the NaOH. (The solution will turn pink)
  5. Rinse the inside walls of the Erlenmeyer with distilled water.
  6. Now start your titration by adding HCl dropwise (from the burette) over the NaOH solution in the Erlenmeyer flask. You have to stir the solution continuously. If no magnetic stirrer is available you may shake the flask continuously with one hand, while doing the titrations with the other hand.
  7. Keep on adding HCl till the pink color disappears; this indicates the complete neutralization (make sure not to overshoot the titration end point).
  8. Record the volume of HCl delivered from the burette to at least one decimal place.
  9. Repeat this procedure 2 more times in order to improve the accuracy of your results.
  10. Take the average value of the volume of HCl in order to calculate the concentration of NaOH which was given to you. (The value should be given to 4 decimal places).
  11. Present your calculation clearly and submit your results.
  12. Rinse all the glassware well with tap water.

 Table of result:

Number written on your flask is:

Volume of HCl

Trial #  VHCl
1  
2  
3  

 

Average Volume                             
Concentration of NaOH  
  • Participants need to bring their own laboratory coat to the event.
  • Every school can be represented by one group consisting of two students who will carry out the titration together (NOT separate).
  • The participants can prepare for the event. A typical titration procedure will be provided on the LAU web site.
  • On the day of the competition, the participants will perform the titrations three times in the laboratories of LAU.
  • The winners of the competition will be announced at the Annual Science and Arts Fair on Thursday, May 9, 2013.

 

Project Name Team size Team Space Application deadline Competition date Level
Chemistry Olympiad  2 1 per school N.A. 01/03/2013 23/03/2013 Grade 10 or Grade 11

 

Engineering and Computer Science Project Descriptions

14. Computer Science Category:

The competition will involve three categories that will be judged separately. Students will be competing for first, second and third positions within one category. Thursday, May 9, 2013.

The categories are:

  • Web design (open for all students):

            In this project, students should design a website. The website should be interactive i.e. there should be a component that involves the uploading of documents which will be stored in a special folder on the hosting machine.

            Criteria for evaluation:

  1. Clear user interface
  2. Interactivity with user
  3. Underlying technology used
  4. Speed of display
  • Social computing (open for all students)

          In this project, students should implement a Facebook application, a mobile application or a chatting system. 

            Criteria for evaluation:

  1. Originality
  2. Ease of use
  3. Speed
  4. Programming languages and underlying technology used

There will be prizes for the winners of each category.
 

Project Name Team size Team Space Application deadline Competition date Level
Computer science category Up to 3 Open  N.A. 01/03/2013 09/05/2013 High School or Intermediate

 

15. The Rube Goldberg Machine Contest: (ASME)

Mr. Randy Parton from Rube Goldberg Co. requested from us to design and build a Rube Goldberg Machine. This machine will be part of the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest© during LAU Science and Arts Fair on May 9, 2013.

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Figure 1: Rube Goldberg gets his think-tank working and evolves the simplified pencil-sharpener: Open window (A) and fly kite (B). String (C) lifts small door (D) allowing moths (E) to escape and eat red flannel shirt (F). As weight of shirt becomes less, shoe (G) steps on switch (H) which heats electric iron (I) and burns hole in pants (J). Smoke (K) enters hole in tree (L), smoking out opossum (M) which jumps into basket (N), pulling rope (O) and lifting cage (P), allowing woodpecker (Q) to chew wood from pencil (R), exposing lead. Emergency knife (S) is always handy in case opossum or the woodpecker gets sick and can’t work.

A Rube Goldberg Machine is a non-conventional device that uses as many steps as possible to achieve a simple task. Randy requested from us the task of displaying the word “LAU” using a Rube Goldberg machine with a minimum of six steps.

For this contest you are requested to form a team of maximum six students (1 team per school) in order to participate in the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest ©. The deadline for signing up your team is Friday March 1, 2013.

The Rube Goldberg Machine Contest© will be graded according to the following matrix:

  Grades
Number of steps 3 points per step
Genuine Designs 30 points
 
Complexity 40 points

In this project we encourage using “junk yard” material for building a cheap machine. It is required that each team presents an expense report detailing team budget that is limited to 250$ (including all parts, machine shop assistance, etc…) must be included. Numbers have to be reasonable, and receipts must be attached. The maximum size of the machine must fit in a square of 2m x 2m. No explosives or other unsafe features should be used in the machine.

 

Project Name Team size Team Space Application deadline Competition date Level
The Rube Goldberg Up to 6  One team per school 50X50X60cm in width, height and length (Max) 01/03/2013 09/05/2013 Intermediate and high school

 

16. The Robot-Sumo Competition: (ASME)

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Place the two robots onto the ring Match begins with the judge’s announcement “Hakkeyoi nokotta (Ready, go!)” The first robot to be pushed off the ring loses

Robot-sumo or SumoBot , is a sport in which two robots attempt to push each other out of a circle (in a similar fashion to the sport of sumo). The engineering challenges are for the robot to find its opponent (usually accomplished with infrared or ultra-sonic sensors) and to push it out of the flat arena. A robot should also avoid leaving the arena, usually by means of a sensor that detects the edge.

There will be two competitions (Run separately with two trophies and 1 team per school in each):

  • Remote controlled
  • Autonomous

All SumoBots must fit the following specifications:

  • Mass (including accessories) must not exceed 3 kg. However, the wireless remote control unit of a remote control robot is excluded.
  • Robots must fit inside a 20 cm by 20 cm box, any height.
  • The robot must not include any parts that might damage or deface the Dohyo (The Sumo ring).
  • The robot must not include a device that insufflates liquid, powder or gas.
  • The robot must not include a firing device.
  • The robot must not include a throwing device.
  • The robot must not include any part that fixes the robot to the Dohyo surface and prevents it from moving (such as suckers, glue and so on).

SumoBots could be built from scratch or you could use the Lego Mindstorms sets. The competition takes place in the Sumo ring “Dohyo”, the robot can only be operated by one person for the remote controlled competition and nobody for the autonomous competition. The team could be made of up to 4 students.
 

The Dohyo Specification:

  • A Dohyo is a wooden cylinder with a height of 2~3 cm and a diameter of 154cm (including the border line). A sticky black Vinyl sheet is attached to the top of the cylinder.
  • The starting lines (“Sikiri-Sen”) are indicated as two brown lines with a width of 2 cm and a length of 20 cm. Each line is located 20 cm from the center of the Dohyo.
  • The border line is indicated as a white circle with a width of 5 cm. “On the border” is defined as being within the interior of the Dohyo.
  • The exterior area of a Dohyo extends at least 50 cm from the border line. The color of the exterior can be any color except white. There are no restrictions on the type of material that can be used or the shape of the exterior as long as they do not violate the spirit of the rules.
  • The remote controls of the robots should be able to operate with at least two bands/ frequencies so all robots can play against each other.
  • All remote controls are surrendered at the beginning of the competition. And any external remote control affecting/interrupting the performance of any of the teams will result in immediate disqualification of the student’s school.

Beginning of the game:

  • Before the match, the contestants bow to each other outside the Dohyo following the chief referee’s instructions, and then enter the Dohyo. After that, the contestants put their robots on or behind their starting lines. The robot cannot outstep the starting line before the match begins.
  • With a remote control robot, the match begins when the contestant begins operating the robot with a remote control unit after the referee’s signal.
  • With a self-operated robot, the contestant presses the start button on the robot at the referee’s signal. The match begins when the robot begins action (after about 5 seconds). The contestant exits the Dohyo when the match begins.

 End of the game:

  • The match ends when the referee calls the winner. Both contestants bow after removing their robots.

Game canceling and rematches occurs under the following conditions:

  • The robots are locked together in such a way that no more action is possible, or they rotate in circles several times.
  • Both robots touch the exterior of the Dohyo at the same time.
  • Any other conditions under which the referee judges that no winner can be decided.

In case of a rematch, maintenance of competing robots are prohibited until a “YUKO” is observed, and the robots must immediately be put back to the start line. If neither of the competing robots win nor loose even after a rematch, the referee may reposition both robots to a specified location and restart. If even that does not yield a winner, the match may continue at the location decided by the referee, until the time limit is reached.

Yuko (effective) points are given under the following conditions:

  • When a robot ejects its opponent from the Dohyo with a fair action.
  • When the opponent’s robot steps out of Dohyo on its own (for any reason).
  • When the opponent’s robot is disqualified or has had more than one violation or warning.

Violations and warning:

Warning:

  • The operator or a part of the operator (remote control etc.) enters the Dohyo before the referee’s call ends the match.
  • Preparation for the restart of a match takes more than 30 minutes.
  • The robot begins action (physical expansion or moving) before the chief referee’s start signal.
  • A warning may be given for any other actions that may be deemed unfair.

Violations:

  • A part or parts of the robot that exceed a weight of 10 g are separated and dropped from the robot.
  • The robot stops moving on the Dohyo.
  • Both the robots are moving, but don’t contact each other.
  • The robot emits smoke.

Loss by violation:

  • A contestant does not attend the appointed Dohyo when called at the beginning of the game.
  • A contestant who ruins the game. For example, by intentionally breaking, damaging or defacing the Dohyo.

Disqualification:

A contestant who takes any of the following actions will be disqualified and forced to leave the game. A disqualified person will lose the right to enter the competition and to receive a commendation:

  • A contestant’s robot does not meet the “Specifications of the robots” stated in earlier.
  • A contestant makes a robot using a restricted method as mentioned ealier.
  • A contestant displays unsportsmanlike behavior. For example, using violent language or slandering an opponent or a referee.
  • A contestant intentionally injures the opponent.

*These rules and pictures are taken/inspired from the Japan Robot-Sumo Tournament.

 

Project Name Team size Team Space Application deadline Competition date Level
The Robot-Sumo Competition up to 6 students 1 team per school per level  Robots must fit inside a 20 cm by 20 cm box, any height 01/03/2013  09/05/2013 Any Age

 

17. Line Tracking Robot: (ASME)

The line Tracking Robot is a competition in which a robot has to track a line as fast as possible. The track is a whiteboard (paper top) that measures 0.75m x 1.5m. The track is of an unknown shape marked with a black colored line has a width of 2cm is placed on the white board. An example is provided in the figure below. The surface of the board is a printed paper. The robot will have 5 checkpoints (squares of 4cm x 4cm red colored) to cross. The start at the “Start” Line and the robot that crosses the end line the fastest will win the competition. Three attempts are given per team and the best time is recorded.

The teams are of 4 students (any age) and 1 team per school.

Note: The robots are autonomous and hence it is recommended to use the Lego Mindstorms NXT robot.

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Project Name Team size Team Space Application deadline Competition date Level
Line-Tracking  4 students 1 team per school  The track is a whiteboard (paper top) that measures 0.75m x 1.5m 01/03/2013 09/05/2013 Any age

 

18. Paper Bridge Design (Civil Engineering Club) NEW

Description of the project: A bridge should be built solely of plain paper and should be able to carry at least one book. Paper clips can be used at the connections. No other material will be allowed, including glue, tape or rubber bands.
A bridge must support its own weight (the dead load) as well as the weight of anything placed on it, like the book (s) (the live load). Your paper bridge must span at least 40 centimeters, with a minimum width of 5cm. The sides of your bridge will rest on two simple supports and cannot be taped or attached to the supports (e.g. Bricks).

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What You Will Need:

  • Standard plain paper (80g/m2)
  • Paper clips or staples
  • Ruler
  • 2 supports
  • Books as loads or other small weights
  • Scissors

Try It Out

  1. Discuss possible ideas with your partner before you start building. What can you do to the paper to make it stronger? When you have decided on a design, construct your bridge.
  2. Place the bridge across two supports that are at least 40 cm apart. Remember that the space below the bridge must be clear to allow vehicles/boats to pass!
  3. To test your bridge, load it with small loads, one at a time, until it collapses. Record how much load your bridge supported.

Rules
The following rules will be used to grade each group bridge:

  1. How many plain papers have been used (the less the better)
  2. How many paper clips have been used (the less the better)
  3. How many books can be loaded on the bridge (the heavier the better)
  4. How stable is your bridge (the way it rests on the supports)

 

Project Name Team size Team Space Application deadline Competition date Level
Paper Bridge Design Up to 6 students 1 per school The paper bridge must span at least 40 cm, with a minimum width of 5cm 01/03/2013 09/05/2013 Any age

 

Closing Remarks:

Your student participation is instrumental for the success of this annual event. Please encourage them to do so. Enclosed, please find participation forms that must be completed and returned to us by Friday March 1, 2013. Sorry, but no projects are accepted if the proper forms are not received on time. We need the time to organize. Your cooperation and understanding are appreciated.

All Science awards will be presented on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 4:40 p.m. and Arts awards will be presented on Friday, May 10, 2013, after the completion of the performances. Students should be able to leave before 4:30 p.m. They may take their projects with them when they leave. Those who did not make it to the semi-finals may take their projects with them on Thursday, May 9, 2013. All projects that are not taken by their owners will be discarded the week after the Fair.

We will be awarding each school a memorabilia for participation, and also each participating student will receive a participation certificate. We expect that all school representatives be available on Friday afternoon to receive the certificates for their students, as well as the participation memorabilia.

Before the end of the ceremony, we will also be awarding two ‘School of the Year Awards’ one for Arts, and one for Sciences. And as last year, LAU will be providing each of the two School of Year winners a 50% of full tuition for a student from the school who will attend LAU in the next year.

 

 Thank you for your participation, and regards,

Mars E. Semaan, Ph.D. Barbar Aklé, Ph.D.

Dean of Students
LAU Byblos Campus

Assistant Dean, Assistant Professor
School of engineering
Committee Chair

 N.B.: Mrs. Fadia Armalè can be reached at:

Tel : 09- 547262 ext : 2129
Fax : 09-546262 
 

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