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The 2nd Annual Arts & Sciences Fair- Beirut- April 2, 2015

SHAPE YOUR FUTURE WITH AN LAU SCHOLARSHIP! 

LAU Beirut will be holding its second annual Arts & Sciences Fair for secondary level students (grades 10 & 11). 

Place: LAU Beirut Campus 
Date: Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Meetings & Deadlines:
Friday, December 5th, 2014:  Preliminary meeting to discuss the event and answer questions. The meeting will be held in the Business building in room 903 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 
Monday, December 1st, 2014: Deadline to confirm your attendance to the preliminary meeting.
Monday, December 22nd, 2014: Deadline to submit all competition applications.

N.B. The location and timings of the competitions on the day of the fair will be announced at a later time. 

Looking forward to seeing you all there,

Arts and Sciences Fair Committee

Science Competitions

Physics Knowledge Contest

Team Requirements: One team composed of three students per school may participate. The team should be composed of one 10th grade student and two 11th grade students.

Competition Information: The contest will be a list of several multiple choice questions (either 4 or 5 options each). The questions will be projected on a large screen and will be changed every 1-3 minutes. The questions will be asked in both French and English. Teams will go through an elimination process until the last remaining team wins. Students should prepare by studying the physics program of the Lebanese Government for the 1st and 2nd Secondary classes.

Materials: Students are asked to bring their own scientific calculators (programmable calculators are not allowed) and a writing tool. These are the only materials permitted for use during the competition.

Note: Teachers will be prohibited from entering the room while students partake in the competition.

General Chemistry Contest

Team Requirements: One team composed of three students per school may participate. The team should be composed of one 10th grade student and two 11th grade students.

Competition Information: The contest will be a list of several multiple choice questions (either 4 or 5 options each). The questions will be projected on a large screen and will be changed every 1-3 minutes. The questions will be asked in both French and English. Teams will go through an elimination process until the last remaining team wins. Students should prepare by studying the chemistry program of the Lebanese Government for the 1st and 2nd Secondary classes.

Materials: Students are asked to bring their own scientific calculators (programmable calculators are not allowed) and a writing tool. These are the only materials permitted for use during the competition.

Note: Teachers will be prohibited from entering the room while students partake in the competition.

Sweet and Healthy

Lebanon is famous for the richness of its cuisine. Many Lebanese traditional desserts are fattening. Due to the recent increase in health awareness and the demand for low calorie food items, substituting high-calorie ingredients with low-calorie and/or healthy ones is growing. The challenge remains in preserving the organoleptic (sensory) quality of the dishes resulting from the modified recipes.

Team Requirements: One team composed of four students per school may participate. The team should be composed of two 10th grade students and two 11th grade students.

Competition Information: Students who want to participate in this competition must bake a total of 6 traditional desserts. They must prepare 3 desserts, and then cook the low calorie version of these desserts. The low calorie dishes should include low-calorie ingredients as a substitute for the high-calorie ones without negatively affecting the sensory properties of the dish. Along with creating these dishes, the team must prepare a visual display such as a brochure or poster to explain the substitutions that were made and the reasons behind them.

Materials: Students are asked to bring their pre-baked desserts (enough to feed several students) along with the brochures, posters or visual aids that were created explaining the changes that were made to each dish.

Note: The microwave provided will be a standard size.

Food and Health Contest

Team Requirements: One team composed of three students per school may participate. The team should be composed of only 11th grade students.

Competition Information: The contest will be a list of several multiple choice questions (either 4 or 5 options each). The questions will be projected on a large screen and will be changed every 1-3 minutes. The questions will be asked in both French and English. Teams will go through an elimination process until the last remaining team wins. Students should prepare by studying material related to food and the following: heart, diabetes and hypertension.

Note: Teachers will be prohibited from entering the room while students partake in the competition.

Website Development Competition

Team Requirements: Teams composed of three students consisting of a combination of 10th and 11th grade students may apply. There is no limit to the number of teams per school that may participate. 

Competition Information: Students who want to participate in this competition will have to develop a website. The website should be interactive and dynamic and should include a database for saving and retrieving information. It should also include features such as uploading documents, downloading files, video playing, message sending, searching, user profile updates, login and more. Competitors should have the entire configuration needed for their projects ready on their laptops or personal sites. The selected teams will be given 10-15 minutes on the day of the fair to present the features on their laptops and answer jury questions. Technical questions related to coding might be asked during or after the presentation. Students will be asked to come and display their work on the day of the fair on Thursday, April 2nd, 2015.

Optional (mobile application): Students who can provide an additional mobile application including some of the features of their website will be awarded extra points.  

Materials: Students are asked to bring their own laptops to be able to present their websites.

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Clear user interface
  • Interaction with users
  • Provided features
  • Underlying technology used
  • Speed of display

Mathemagic (Magic Squares)

A magic square is a mathematical construct in which symbols (usually numbers) are arranged in a square, so that the numbers in all rows, columns and diagonals add up to the same amount. No symbol can appear more than once in any row, column or diagonal.

Team Requirements: One team composed of no more than four students per school may participate. The team should be a combination of 10th and 11th grade students.  

Competition Information: In this project, competitors will:

  1. Either construct a magic square with numbers or solve puzzles with magic squares
  2. Explore uses for magic squares: Students will be required to design their own magic square art forms. They will be asked to invent a magic square without the use of numbers. They can create their own puzzle variations using colors, shapes, geometrical objects, and letters. The puzzle can be a 3x3 or 4x4 grid with letters. Try to create a magic square poem or anagram.

Competitors should have all the configurations needed for their projects ready on either their laptops or paper. Students will be given a maximum of 10-15 minutes on Thursday, April 2nd, 2015 to present their magic square creation.

Materials: Students are asked to bring their projects and their own material for demonstration.

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Mathematical validity
  • Creativity
  • Feasibility
  • Authenticity

Art, Language & Social Science Competitions

Short Story or Essay Writing Competition

Participation Requirements: Each school can send four participants; two for English (one short story, one essay) and two for Arabic (one short story, one essay).

Competition Information: The participant will choose to write either an essay or a short story in either English or Arabic. (Please indicate your choice of language and writing task on the application form). The topic to write about will be provided to the students during the contest. Short stories should range between 1000-1500 words and essays should not exceed 1000 words.

The contest will take place on Saturday, January 17th, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Nicol Hall rooms 208, 209, 210 and 211. Finalists will be notified through their respective schools to attend the award ceremony on Thursday, April 2nd, 2015.

Materials: Students are asked to bring their own pens and pencils and LAU shall provide the scratch and contest papers.

Visual Arts Exhibition

Participation Requirements: Each school will be allowed to send 4 students. Each student will pick and submit 1 project from one of the categories. No category can be chosen more than once.

Competition Information: Students who would like to participate in the visual arts contest must complete the online application and submit a photograph of the project that they want to submit. They will be asked to come display their work on campus on Thursday, April 2nd, 2015. The projects must be sent to LAU - Beirut to the attention of Ms. Christina Bouri no later than  3:30 p.m. on Friday, March 27th, 2015. Paintings and drawings should not exceed              70 x 60 cm in height and width. Sculptures should not exceed 50 x 50 x 60 cm in height, width and depth.

Categories: Projects must be in one of the following arts categories:

  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Drawing
  • Create Cartoon Character

Community Survey and Service

Team Requirements: One team composed of 4 to 8 students per school may participate. The team should be a combination of 10th and 11th grade students.

Competition Information:

Students who want to participate in this competition must identify a community or neighborhood that is underprivileged. They will briefly include some statistics regarding the community including its name, geographic location with bordering neighborhoods, population size, types of residence, businesses, enterprises, shops and so on. Students will then interview key figures in the community such as municipality representatives/mukhtars, clergy/religious people, civil society representatives (NGO), business representatives/ merchants and the residents (around 20 to 25 people). Several questions will have to be addressed, such as:

  1. What are four of the major social problems (examples:  health, housing, crime, drug, education, unemployment, street gangs, poverty etc…) that the community is suffering from?
  2. Which groups of people are suffering most from these problems: children, families, youth, adults, and elderly?
  3. What specific sections of the community are affected by these problems?
  4. What types of social services are available in the community (number of NGO’s, government offices, UN organizations)?

After asking and answering these questions, students will have to come up with one or more services needed by the community to alleviate or solve these problems. They will propose a creative solution that is realistic and can be implemented. On the day of the fair, students will come and explain their ideas in a 5-10 minute presentation in either English or Arabic. The entire community survey can also be carried out in either Arabic or English. Students will be asked to come and display their work on the day of the fair on Thursday, April 2nd, 2015.

Methods of Presentation:

  • Statistical tables with figures for the previous questions
  • Maps
  • Qualitative analysis
  • Poster format presentation

Materials: Students are asked to bring all the visual material needed for their presentations.

Speech Competition: Express Yourselves!

Participation Requirements: Only one student representative per school may participate. A maximum of 15 schools can participate in this competition, so send in your applications early.

Competition Information: Students who want to participate in this competition must prepare a 5-7 minute persuasive speech on one of the topics listed below. The speech has to be in English and must follow one of the organizational patterns identified by the committee. A workshop will be held earlier to provide participants with guidelines for the speech preparation. All participants should attend the workshop in order to learn the appropriate speech format and the necessary skills needed to use the powers of language and rhetoric as they present their viewpoints. Students will need to depend on their own individual powers of expression and will not use any audiovisual support. They must rely on their own oratory skills as the sole means of communicating their message.

Organizational Strategies

Speeches should be organized using one of the following strategies:

  1. Problem-Solution or
  2. Cause-Effect

Topics (Select one):

  • Racism in Lebanon: Why do we suffer from this issue and can something be done about it?
  • Have we lost the art of listening? Why or why not?
  • Our society is currently dealing with a number of different challenges. Identify a cause that you wish to draw attention to and provide reasons why your audience should support your selection.

Workshop (Required): A workshop will be held on Saturday, February 28th, 2015 in Waddad Said Khoury Student Center, room 201, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. This will give participating students the required guidelines on how to prepare their speech. It will focus on persuasive strategies, emotional appeals, introductions/conclusions, transitions/organization, and language use as a means of reinforcing ideas and creating an audience-centered speech. A section on speech delivery will also be part of the mandatory workshop.

Materials: Students must rely on their own verbal skills and may not use additional presentation aids. This promises to make the competition even more challenging.

Evaluation Criteria: A panel of judges will listen to all speeches and grade each participant according to provided guidelines. These guidelines will be given to each participating student during the workshop for additional transparency.

Philosophy Contest

Team Requirements: One team composed of three students per school may participate. The team can be composed of any combination of 10th and 11th grade students who are good at reasoning.

Competition Information: The contest will consist of two phases.

  1. The first phase will involve finding fallacies. During the competition, various media selections (e.g. written paragraphs, newspaper clippings, video dialogues) will be projected on a large screen and changed every 3-10 minutes depending on the media type used. Teams will increase their score by finding the correct fallacy from multiple choice options or noting that there is no fallacy in the piece.
  2. In the second phase the same process is repeated but this time with the goal of argument extraction. The schools will be given a set of valid argument forms for students to use. Then various selections will be projected and students will have to extract an argument from them. As with the first phase, different options will appear on screen to choose from.

All teams will play simultaneously and points will be assigned accordingly. The points from both phases will be tallied and the team with the most points wins.

Workshop (Required): A workshop will be held on Saturday, March 14th, 2015 in Waddad Said Khoury Student Center, room 201, from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. This will give participating students a chance to become better acquainted with the idea of fallacies and argument extraction. A list of reasoning fallacies and examples on how to detect fallacies will be covered.

Materials: Students can bring in sheets and pens/pencils with them. These are the only materials permitted for use during the competition.

Film Making Competition

Team Requirements: Two teams composed of 2 to 4 students per school may participate. The team can be composed of any combination of 10th and 11th grade students.

Competition Information: Students who would like to participate in the film making contest must create a 30 to 120 second (0.5 to 2 minutes) creative video in any genre. Students should upload the film on Youtube and send a link with their application. They must come screen their films on campus on Thursday, April 2nd, 2015. All films must be sent to LAU - Beirut to the attention of Ms. Christina Bouri no later than 3:30 p.m. on Friday, March 13th, 2015.

General Instructions

No project will be accepted if the application form is not submitted on time. Punctuality is of the utmost importance so that we have the necessary time needed to plan a successful event. Your cooperation and understanding are appreciated.

The event will culminate at around 5:00 p.m. Students will be expected to take their projects with them when they leave campus. Anything left on campus after 5:30 p.m. will be disposed of.

All awards will be presented on Thursday, April 2nd, 2015 after the completion of the performances. We expect that all school representatives be available on the aforementioned date to receive any prizes. The prizes will include:

  • A participation certificate for each student.
  • A participation memorabilia for each school.
  • Medals for all winners.
  • Two ‘School of the Year’ awards one for Arts and one for Sciences.
  • Two 50% Scholarships, one to a student from each of the winning schools.

Your students’ participation is instrumental for the success of this annual event. Please encourage them to participate.

 

General Guidelines (NEW!)

  • Flyer: The flyer includes the competition timings along with a map of the competition area, with each contest marked by a specific color. That same color will be placed in front of the building where the competition will be held.
  • ID: A valid ID is a must. Failure to provide one might lead to denied access into campus.
  • Registration: Upon entrance into campus, directly pass by the Registration Stand in Fine Arts, sign in and take your tags. The registration stand will close at 11:00 am. No registration will be possible after 11:00 am. Tags should be worn at all times.
  • Participants: Only students who are registered may participate in the competition. Last minute changes or additions will not be accepted.
  • Materials: Bring all necessary materials for competitions and remember to take them when you leave. Anything left on campus after hours will be discarded.
  • No Smoking: Smoking is not allowed on campus.
  • Assistants: Assistants wearing “I Can Help” caps will be present on campus to help you.
  • Free Time: During your free time, make your way to Fine Arts to “Leave Your Mark at LAU”.
  • Winners: First place winners will also win a $50 gift voucher from Maliks.

 

Important Dates & Deadlines

Award Ceremony: Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Application Deadline: Monday, December 22nd, 2014

  Competition Day  Project Deadline  Workshop 
Physics Knowledge Contest  Thursday, April 2nd, 2015    
General Chemistry Contest    
Sweet and Healthy    
Food and Health Contest    
Website Development Competition    
Mathemagic (Magic Squares)     
Short Story or Essay Writing Competition  Saturday, January 17th, 2015    
Nicol Hall- rooms 208-209-210-211
10 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.
Visual Arts Exhibition  Thursday, April 2nd, 2015 Friday, March 27th, 2015 3:30 p.m.  
Wadad Said Student Center-room 419
Community Survey and Service     
Speech Competition: Express Yourselves!    Saturday, February 28th, 2015
Wadad Said Khoury Student Center –room 201 
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Philosophy Contest    Saturday, March 14th, 2015
Wadad Said Khoury Student Center –room 201 
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
 
Film Making Competition  Friday, March  13th, 2015  
Wadad Said Student Center-room 419
3:30 PM

 

Contact us

Beirut: 
Riman Jurdak
Office of the Dean of Students 
Ext: 1101

Byblos: 
Alan Kairouz
Office of the Dean of Students 
Ext: 2536

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