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XXth Annual Arts & Sciences Fair - Byblos Campus- April 12-13, 2018

Overview

All participating schools

Dear School Officials and Faculty,

All topics are to be discussed in our collective upcoming meeting on Wednesday November 29, 2017 from 3:30 till 4:30 p.m., during which the organizing committee will answer any questions you may have.

The following pages detail the rules and regulations of the 20th Students’ Annual Arts and Sciences Fair – that will be held on Thursday and Friday, April 12 and 13, 2018 at the LAU Byblos campus grounds. 

We URGE you to please abide by the dates and the requirements to make sure that your participation is as flawless as possible.

The applications included in the package are to be filled out, submitted, and emailed by the deadline.

For your convenience, the deadline for delivering several students’ projects has been set on the date of our writing competition (March 10, 2018).

PS: The theme for this year’s A&S Fair is inspired by the Rahbani Brothers where possible.

Best Regards,

The Arts and Sciences Fair Committee

Arts Competitions 

1. Visual Arts

Projects are to be inspired by the “Rahbani Brothers”. 

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

  1. Painting
  2. Sculpture
  3. Poster Design

Students participating in any of the arts categories must submit their projects to Ms. Mary Saad or Mr. Joseph Waked at LAU Byblos campus, no later than March 10, 2018. Late arrivals will not be accepted. 

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 # Teams Space

Application deadline

Deadline for receiving projects Level
Arts Categories 1 student 2 per domain per level 50X50X60cm in width, height and length (Max). January
19, 2018
March 10, 2018 High school & Intermediate
  1. Photography

Students participating in the Photography competition should be present at LAU Byblos campus on Thursday April 12, 2018. The contest will take place on the LAU Byblos campus grounds during the Sciences Competitions Day.

Schools can participate with 1 student in each of the two levels of student grades categories. 

The topic and instructions will be provided to the students at the beginning of the contest. 

Students are asked to bring their cameras and PC connectors in order to submit their work after they finish.

NOTE: Students participating in photography and wishing to enter another competition taking place on the same date can do so, provided they are able to deliver both tasks within the time constraints. 

Project Name Team size # Teams Location Application deadline Competition date Level
Photography 1 student 1 per level Byblos campus January 19, 2018 April 12, 2018 (From 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) High school & Intermediate

 

  1. Drawing

Students participating in the Drawing competition should be at LAU Byblos campus on Friday April 13, 2018. The contest will take place on the LAU Byblos campus grounds.

Schools can participate with 1 student in each of the two levels of student grades categories.   

The topic and rules will be provided to the students during the contest. 

Students are asked to bring their drawing tools (pencils, drafting board, drafting papers, sharpener, erasers, etc.)

N.B.

Students participating in drawing and wishing to enter another competition taking place on the same date can do so, provided they are able to deliver both tasks within the time constraints.

Project Name Team size # Teams Location

Application deadline

Competition date Level
Drawing 1 student 1 per level Designated tents January
19, 2018
April 13, 2018 (From 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) High school & Intermediate

2. Video Clip Making Competition

Rules:

  • Every school can participate with only 1 team (Crew up to 4 students maximum / Students can be from different levels)
  • The theme of the clip must be inspired by one of the Rahbani Brothers’ works, or anything related to their career or personal life.
  • The clip can be between 1 and 4 minutes maximum (ideally 2-3 minutes).
  • Clips containing profanity are NOT permitted and would result in disqualification.
  • Teams must have their clips saved on a CD or USB and delivered to LAU Byblos  by Tuesday March 10, 2018 as deadline. (to the attention of Ms. Mary Saad or Mr. Joseph Waked)

Guidelines:

  • The video clips can be filmed with any device: cameras, smartphones, tablets, etc.
  • The videos can be of any type/genre (Comedy, History, Action, Drama, Musicals, Dance, Cartoon, etc.)
  • Clips can be made;
    • From scratch, or
    • Extracted footages from different videos, clips, or films, or
    • A combination of both methods mentioned above.
  • Clips shorter than 1 minute or longer than 4 minutes will be eliminated.

Criteria for Judging:

Content: 

  • Script/story (The message behind the clip)
  • Creativity
  • Originality
  • Coherence

Technical Excellence:

  • Visual creativity
  • Montage and Editing
  • Effective use of special effects
  • Effective use of timing and images in relation to the music

Overall Quality:

  • Overall impression
  • Enjoyment factor
  • Meaningfulness
Project Name Team size # Teams Time limits Application deadline Deadline for receiving projects (Video Clips) Level
Video Clip Making Up to 6 Students 1 team per school 1 to 4 minutes
 
January
19, 2018
March 10, 2018 Open

3. Fashion Design and Modeling Contest

The Fashion Design and Modelling Contest is designed for high-school and intermediate students to showcase their design and modelling talents.

Each school is allowed one team whereby the team consists of 1-2 fashion designers and 1 model.

Teams will be provided with the same items, which include: scissors, pins and certain material to be used (will be revealed on the day of the contest).

There will be a 15-minute briefing upon arrival, when the theme of the contest will be revealed.

Contestants will have 75 minutes (10 minutes should be allocated to designing the item, and 65 minutes to pinning it ) to prepare their models with an outfit that reflects the theme of contest.

By the end of the 75 minutes, the models should be dressed, and no alterations can be made by the designers. The models will then be asked to showcase their team design on the catwalk (bring heels if needed) with music.

Judges from the Department of Fashion Design would judge both the design and modelling based on the following criteria:

  1. Originality and creativity of the clothing item on display
  2. Coherence with the theme provided
  3. Modelling technique
  4. Crowd’s favorite

Kindly note that the model might need to wear a vest or T-shirt and shorts so that the paper can be pinned to the body.

Females and males will be competing against each other within the same category.

Project Name Team size # Teams Location Application deadline Competition date Level
Fashion Design & Modelling 3 1 per school Tents & Selina K. Auditorium January
19, 2018
April
13, 2018
Any level

4. Poetry, Short Stories and Essays

Topics will depict a quote/s from the Rahbani Brothers’ works.

The contest will take place on the LAU Byblos campus grounds (Selina Korban Auditorium) on Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 09:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for the students participating in the writing contest for Poetry, Short Story, and Essay (in the three languages, Arabic, English, and French).   

  • The topic to write about will be inspired by one of the Rahbani Brothers’ works and provided to the students during the contest. 
  • Students are asked to bring their pens and pencils, and LAU will provide the scratch and contest papers. 
  • Short Stories are not to exceed 2000 words while the Essays should not exceed 1000 words. 
  • Each school can participate with three students per category in each of the 3 languages (Maximum total number of students participation is 27 students per school)
Project Name Team size # Teams Space Application deadline Competition date Level
Poetry/ Short Story/ Essay 1 1 student per category per level (Max total of 27 students /school) Secondary: 2000 words (story), 1000 words (essay). January
19, 2018
March
10, 2018
(From 09:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.)
Secondary classes.

5. Public Speaking (English)

One applicant per school can participate. The contest will take place on the LAU Byblos campus grounds, Science Bldg. Room 608 (tentative location) on Friday, April 13, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The theme of the informative speech will be the Rahbani Brothers.
Applicants will be asked to give a 3-minute informative speech on a specific topic of their choice.

A soft copy of the speech will have to be sent to suraya.rahme@lau.edu.lb between March 15 & 31, 2018 in order to be uploaded onto www.turnitin.com. (Kindly abide by the time zone specified as earlier or later submission might not be considered).

Applicants will also be asked to use PowerPoint as a visual aid. The speech must be delivered in English, and will be graded on content and delivery.

Project Name Team size # Teams Location Application deadline Competition date Level
Public speaking (English) 1 student

1 applicant
/school

To Be Assigned January
19, 2018

April 13, 2018

 

(10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.)

High School or Intermediate

6. Public speaking (Arabic)

فن الإلقاء      

سيطلب من المتقدمين مواضيع مفتوحة من الشعر أو النثرمن ضمن أعمال الأخوين الرحباني ، 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. Room 607 (tentative location) on Friday, April 13, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 pm.

A soft copy of the speech will have to be sent to Nidale Daccache or Arts and Sciences between March 15 & 31, 2018. (Kindly abide by the time zone specified as earlier or later submission might not be considered).

Applicants can use PowerPoint as a visual aid. The speech must be delivered in Arabic and will be graded on content and delivery.

Project Name Team size # Teams Location Application deadline Competition date Level
Public speaking (Arabic) 1 1 applicant /school To Be Assigned January
19, 2018
April 13, 2018 (10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) High School or Intermediate

7. Performing Arts

Students should be ready at noon on Friday, April 13, 2018, at the Selina Korban Auditorium for their performances.

a. Dance

Group Competition:

Students participating in the Dance/Choreography Competition need to create a non-cliché 3-5 minute dance that  embodies one of the Rahbani Brothers’ works.

Guidelines:

  • Teams should choreograph their dance to convey the message behind the passage.
  • ·Teams can incorporate any type or genre of music to their dance.
    • Sound effects can be added as needed.
  • The passage, scene, or story that inspired the dance should be sent to the attention of Dr. Nadra Assaf  and ASFair  between March 26 & 31, 2018 (Kindly abide by the time zone specified as earlier submission might go unnoticed).

Criteria for Judging:

  1. Creativity:
    1. Originality of the choreography
    2. Choice of music and costume
  2. Musicality and Expression: dancers’ adherence to timing (intro and conclusion), musical phrasings, and the message they are trying to convey.
  3.  Stage Presence
    1. Presentation
    2. Confidence
    3. Body Expressions
    4. Synchronization
  4. Overall Entertainment Value: The audience’s and judges’ reactions to the overall performance.  
Project Name Team size # Teams Space Application deadline Competition date Level
Group dance 1 1 team – 3 to 7 students Selina Korban Auditorium January
19, 2018
April 13, 2018

Any level

Solo Competition: Live Battle of the Dancers:

  • Every School can submit one representative to partake in the Live Battle of the Dancers.
  • The battle competition comprises several small battles of 2 dancers each.
  • These dancers are selected by pulling straws to see who goes first etc.
  • Once the order has been selected, the dancers will challenge one another in an interval of 1 minute per battle.
  • Participants are required to improvise their dancing moves to music played and changed on the spot (genres may vary).
  • The dancers are judged based on their attitudes, expressions, creativity, and synchronized moves to the music.
  • The winner of each battle will move on to compete against another dancer until reaching the final battle in which one winner remains. 
Project Name Team size # Teams Space Application deadline Competition date Level
Live Battle of the Dancers 1   Selina Korban Auditorium January
19, 2018
April 13, 2018 Any level

b. Solo Singing Competition (Vocal Star Factor)

  • Every school can participate with only 1 student (high-school level)
  • Participants should select two songs:
  • The first song to be performed during Round one (Thursday, April 12, 2018) can be in any genre or language and it can be a song of the Rahbani brothers. 
  • Students qualified for Round two (Friday, April 13, 2018) must select their second song from the Rahbani Brothers’ works.
  • Participants must have the instrumental music (Karaoke) of their songs saved on a USB and delivered to LAU to the attention of Mr. Joseph Waked no later than March 10, 2018.

Important Rules:

  1. Songs containing profanity are NOT permitted and may result in immediate disqualification.
  2. Judges will inform participants who qualify for Round two directly after the end of Round one.
  3. Additional instructions and eligibility requirements may be announced during the contest.

Criteria for Judging:

  1.  Voice Quality:
    1. The quality, tone and individual characteristics of the voice
    2. Clarity and expression 
  2. Musicality: Rhythm & tempo (The voice and timing in relation to the music)
  3.   Stage Presence:
    1. Visual presentation on stage
    2. Confidence
    3. Costume
    4. Body Expressions
  4. Overall Entertainment Value: The audience’s and judges’ reactions to the overall performance   
Project Name Team size # Teams Location Application deadline + USB Submission Competition date Level
Vocal STAR Factor 1 Student 1 per school

Selina Korban
Auditorium

Application deadline; January 19, 2018
USB Submission Deadline; March 11, 2018
Round One: April 12, 2018 (Tentative 12:00 p.m.)
Round Two:  April 13, 2018 (Tentative 12:00 p.m.)
High School level

c. LAUgh Competition

Rules:

  • Every school can participate with 1 group of up to 3 students. (Students can be of any level)
  • The students should come up with a sketch that:
    • Either summarizes one of the Rahbani Brothers’ works
    • Or invents a different ending to one of the Rahbani brothers’ works
  • The students will have up to 5 minutes maximum to act up the sketch.
  • The sketch should be comic, yet meaningful and decent.
  • Scripts containing profanity are NOT permitted and would result in disqualification.
  • Students must indicate the work they are summarizing or having a different ending to it, and must have their scripts sent as a soft copy  by the end of March 2018 as a deadline to ASFair

Guidelines:

  • The sketch can be in Arabic or English.
  • No offensive speech on politics or politicians, no cursing, no vulgarity, no religion and no offensive material is allowed.
  • Plagiarism is prohibited

Criteria for Judging:

Content:

  • Script/subjects involved
  • Creativity & Originality
  • Coherence

Overall Quality:

  • Overall impression
  • The “LAUgh” Factor
  • Meaningfulness and authenticity
Project Name Team size # Teams Space Application deadline Deadline for receiving scripts Level
LAUgh 3 1 group per school Up to 5 min Max January 19, 2018 End of March, 2018 Open

Sciences Competitions 

 1.  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 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 10:30 am tentatively on Thursday April 12, 2018 in Selina Korban Auditorium.                                              

Project Name Team size # Teams 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. January 19, 2018 April 12, 2018 (10:30 a.m. Finals at 2:30 p.m. Secondary classes (1st & 2nd).

2. The Upcycling Challenge

Background information:  

Talent comes in all styles, shapes and forms. With the mounting concern of the waste in Lebanon and the growing forms of amazing talents with each new generation, combining both talents with necessity is a starting point to dealing with the ever growing dilemma.

Applying the Upcycling methodology we can slow down the process of exhausting our earth’s natural resources and decrease the amount of energy needed to transform raw material to a final product, and at the same time enjoy doing it.

Project description and evaluation criteria:

This year’s Upcycling Challenge focuses on inventing musical instruments from pure garbage, and performing with these instruments to the public during the Sciences & Arts fair.

The teams will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. Creativity – 25%
  2. Feasibility – 20%
  3. Neatness – 20%
  4. Performance – 15%
  5. Percentage of junk used –  20%
Project Name Team size # Teams Max Space Application deadline Competition date Level  
The Upcycling Challenge 3 students 1 per school per level 2mx2mx2m in width, length and height  January 19, 2018 April 12, 2018 Intermediate and high school  

3. Recipes for a Better Health

The purpose of the project is:

  • To explore the connection between eating healthy or unhealthy foods and the body’s functioning.
  • To show how food intake can 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.

  • 2m x 2m 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 on the display board is also very important. 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  (ex: cooking a low fat desert)
  • The modelling of a certain biological mechanism  (e.g.: what happens to excess dietary fat in the body)
  • Nutrition and health education/information tools (e.g.: billboards with tips about healthy foods)
  • The chemistry of food, quantification, ingredients, degradation etc. (e.g: sugar in soft drinks or preservatives in canned foods)

Evaluation Criteria:

  • The originality of the idea
  • The visual characteristics of the display (e.g.: interesting pictures, colorful design, clarity of message, etc.)
  • The quality of the scientific knowledge presented
  • The oral explanation of the project (using proper scientific terms, not reading off the display, and enthusiasm of the team).
Project Name Team size # Teams Space Application deadline Competition date Level
Eating Well for a Better Health 3 1 per level 2mx2m exhibition area (5 min presentation) January 19, 2018 April 12, 2018 High School & Intermediate

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

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 30 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 — genes that serve a multitude of functions ranging from enhancing crop productivity, to frost resistance and 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 GMFs 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, corn flour 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 mainly targets senior high-school students (Grades 11 and 12). One student per school is allowed. A maximum of 20 students can be accommodated and divided into groups of two. The places will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

Two sessions would be provided to carry out the project on Saturdays, March 10 & 17, 2018 (tentative)

Project Name Team size # Teams Space Application deadline Workshop dates Level
Detection of Genetically Modified Foods One (Total number is 20 students) One student per school N.A. January 19, 2018 Workshops:  March 10 & 17, 2018 (tentative) Grades 11 and 12

5. Chemistry Magic Trick

In this competition, students are asked to perform experimentally a chemistry magic trick that they should be able to explain in a pure chemistry way; for example, through a set of chemical reactions, a concept of indicators, etc.

So the student should be fully aware of the factors behind this trick.

Thus, he/she will be graded on the clarity of  the experimental magic show, the quality of  the presentation within the show, how far the explanation behind the trick is chemically oriented and, most importantly, how capable he /she is 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 between March 10 and 20, 2018 (procedures sent before or after the specified duration may go unnoticed). Any experiment considered unsafe will be automatically rejected. 

The projects need to be set up in less than 5 minutes. Starting 12:00 p.m., each team will be given 5 minutes to set up his trick on stage and 4 minutes to present it.

Notes:

  1. One group per school is allowed to participate.
  2. The group should preferably 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, etc.)
  5. Unsafe magic trick experiments are not allowed
Project Name Team size # Teams Space Application deadline Competition date Level
Chemistry magic trick 2 max One team per school Table of 1m x 0.5m January 19, 2018 April 12, 2018 Grades 10 and 11

6. Chemistry Olympiad

Base Titrations Competition

Event location: Science Building of LAU Byblos campus.
Event date: Saturday, March 10, 2018 (Tentative), from 9:00 a.m. till 1:00 p.m.
Participants: Grade 10 or Grade 11 students.
Evaluation criteria: Accuracy, Precision, Technique.

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 Sciences and Arts Fair on Thursday, April 20, 2018.

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 stoichiometry to calculate the unknown concentration of the base.

Titration assembly:

Procedure of a typical acid base titration

  1. Gather together a burette, a squeeze bottle containing distilled water, a 250 ml Erlenmeyer, and 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 that 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 results:

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 one student who will carry out the titration.
  • The participants can prepare for the event. A typical titration procedure will be provided on the LAU website.
  • On the day of the competition, the participants will perform the titrations three times in the laboratories of LAU.
Project Name Team size # Teams Location Application deadline Competition date Level
Chemistry Olympiad 1 student 1 per school Chemistry Lab January 19, 2018

Saturday, March 10, 2018

 

9:00 a.m.– 1:00 p.m.

Grade 10 or Grade 11

7. Computer Science Project Descriptions

The competition will involve two categories that will be judged separately. Students will be competing for first, second and third positions within one category.  Thursday, April 12, 2018.

The categories are:

a.      Web Development (open to 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

b.      Mobile Computing (open to all students)

In this project, students should implement a mobile application.

Criteria for evaluation:

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

There might be prizes for the winners of each category. Computer Science prizes will be distributed two hours after the jury selects the winners (i.e. around 3:00 p.m.) in the Academic Computer Center (Bloc A Room 402).

Project Name Team size # Teams Location Application deadline Competition date Level
Computer science category Up to 3 Open Designated tents January 19, 2018 April 12, 2018 High School or Intermediate

NB: All participants are required to send a copy of their ID card with the application; otherwise, they will not be allowed to collect their awards.

Students should be able to defend and explain their projects thoroughly and respond to the jury’s questions, which will be considered significantly in the allocation of the winners.

8. The Pinewood Derby Race (ASME)

The Pinewood Derby is a racing event started by Cub Scouts in the Boy Scouts of America. The students willing to participate in the LAU Arts and Sciences Fair Pinewood Derby Race will build their own cars from wood, usually from kits (available for free from LAU /  one kit per participating school) containing a block of pine, plastic wheels and metal axles.

The car that finishes the track the fastest will win the race. Each team will be able to officially test its car three times and the shortest time will be recorded.

The Race track will be similar to that adopted by U.S. Club scouts with an automated release and timing system. If interested check this image

All cars must pass inspection to qualify for the race

Following are the inspection points:

  1. The weight of the car shall not exceed 150 gr.
  2. The overall length of the car shall not exceed 18 cm.
  3. The overall width of the car shall not exceed 7 cm.
  4. The car must have 4.5 cm clearance between the wheels.
  5. The car must have 1 cm clearance underneath the body.
  6. The wood provided in the kit must be used. The block may be shaped any way that is desired.
  7. The wheels supplied with the kit must be used. The wheels may not be cut, drilled, beveled or rounded. You may remove the seam from the wheels.
  8. The axles supplied with the kit must be used. They may be polished or lubricated.
  9. Wheel bearings, washers or bushings are prohibited.
  10. The car must not ride on any type of springs.
  11. The car must be freewheeling, with no starting devices.
  12. No loose material of any kind, such as lead shot, may be used.

Additional notes:

  • Students may use any parts as long as they abide by the rules above (not restricted to the kit we are providing).
  • Participants should show photos or movies of the fabrication steps of their cars (proof they have made them). 
  • The best looking car will also receive a medal.

For each level (Intermediate and High), there will be awards for the three fastest cars, and one for the best looking car.

Project Name Team size # Teams Application deadline Competition date Level
The Pinewood Derby Race Up to 3 students per team One team per school per level January 19, 2018 April 12, 2018 Intermediate and high school

9. The Robot-sumo Competition (Robotics Club)

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 ultrasonic 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

A workshop on programing robots for the Sumo competition will be provided (Date will be set and participants will be notified as soon as the date is set)

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 20cmx20cm 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 can be built from scratch or students 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 can be composed of up to 4 students.

The Dohyo Specification:

  • A Dohyo is a wooden cylinder with a height of 2 to 3 cm and a diameter of 154 cm (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 that 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 overstep the starting line before the match begins.
  • In the case of a remote-controlled robot, the match begins the moment the contestant operates the robot with a remote control unit at 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 cancellation and rematches occur 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 is prohibited until a “YUKO” is observed. At this point, the robots must immediately be put back on the start line. If neither of the competing robots wins or loses even after a rematch, the referee may reposition both robots to a specified location and restart. If this 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 the 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:

The match will be stopped if:

  • 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 are deemed unfair.

Violations: 

  • A part or parts of the robot that exceed a weight of 10 gr are separated and dropped from the robot.
  • The robot stops moving on the Dohyo.
  • Both the robots are moving, but don’t make contact.
  • 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 receive a commendation:

  • A contestant’s robot does not meet the “Specifications of the robots” stated earlier.
  • A contestant makes a robot using a restricted method as mentioned above.
  • 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/adapted from the Japan Robot-sumo Tournament. For more details please visit this.

Project Name Team size # Teams Space Workshop date Application deadline Competition date Level
The Robot-sumo Competition. Up to 3 students

1 team per school per level per competition:

 

*Remote

*Autonomous

Robots must fit inside a 20cmx20cm  box, any height. Tentative January 19, 2018 April 12, 2018 Any

10. Line Tracking Robot (Robotics Club)

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 0.75mx1.5m. 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 printed paper. The robot will have 5 checkpoints (squares of 4cmx4cm 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 3 students of intermediate level and 1 team per school.

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

A workshop on programming robots for the Line Tracking competition will be provided (Date will be set and participants will be notified as soon as possible).

Project Name Team size # Teams Space Application deadline Workshop date Competition date Level
Line Tracking 3 1 team per school The track is a whiteboard (paper top) that measures 0.75m x 1.5m. January 19, 2018  Tentative April 12, 2018 Intermediate

11. Balsa Bridge Design (ASCE)

Prior to load testing, the bridge receives a specifications check to determine whether it conforms to the weight, dimension, and construction rules.Rules for size:

  1. Maximum length 40 cm
  2. Maximum width 10 cm
  3. Maximum height 20 cm
  4. Minimum clearance 10 cm
  5. Minimum span 2 cm
  6. Maximum bridge weight 15 grams
  7. Support width 6 cm

Rules for construction:

  1. Joints must be at or within 7mm of the end of at least one of the sticks (members).
  2. No part of a stick may be glued to another stick except at the joints of sticks — i.e. gluing is very limited. See the below depiction for sample joints.
  3. No glue may extend beyond 3 mm of any joint.
  4. Members joined at an angle must be at an angle of 30 degrees or more.
  5. Members may be carved, notched, or cut anywhere along their length.
  6. Only the provided material may be used.
  7. Maximum allowable weight of completed structure is 100 grams.
  8. Top of bridge must support a 10cm x 10cm plate that will bear the load for testing.
  9. Bridge must have supports at least 25 cm apart, and must measure at least 10 cm above a flat surface at least one point between the supports.
  10. Please remember that the purpose of this contest is to use creativity to build the best structure within the framework of the rules. The purpose is not to break the rules and see if you can get away with it.

Judging:


  1. Bridge is weighed and its weight recorded.
  2. Bridges are judged for neatness of craftsmanship and for creativity prior to testing.
  3. Bridge will be tested for load-bearing capacity using the set-up shown above. The maximum load recorded by the last weight held by the bridge will be used as the load capacity of the bridge.

Sample Joints

Project Name Team size # Teams Space Application deadline Competition date Level
Balsa Bridge Design Up to 4 students 1 per school The balsa bridge must span at least 40 cm, with a minimum width of 5 cm. January 19, 2018 April  12, 2018 Any age

The grading rubric will be provided on the competition day. At least 2 hours will be given to the students to build their bridge. All needed components are provided to the competitors. Students are not allowed to use anything not given to them. A limited amount of Balsa wood and glue will be provided.

12. Mechatronics Workshop and Competition*

As Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are expected to play a major role in the future of mankind, the LAU School of Engineering would like to introduce its new bachelor’s degree in Mechatronics Engineering by organizing a workshop that helps students understand and experiment with the driving technologies behind robotics and AI. In particular, the students will learn how to program a microcontroller (computer on a chip) such as Arduino, and interface it with sensors and motors to design and compete with a robot. The robot will have to autonomously navigate a track full of obstacles.

It is preferred that participating students have some computer programing knowledge (although not necessary). Students do not need to bring any tools with them other than their bright minds!!

The workshop and competition will take place on Saturday, March 4, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. till  1:00 p.m.

This competition is restricted to high-school students, and the schools must participate with a team of 3 students.

Project Name Team size # Teams Application deadline Competition date Level
Mechatronics Workshop and Competition 3 Students One team per school January 19, 2018 February 24, 2018 (Tentative Timing) High school

13. Open Science and Engineering Competitions*

The open competitions allow students to explore their own ideas.

  • Schools may participate with one team in each of the 3 categories.
  • Students MUST be able to fully describe the project and replicate parts of it as requested by the judges.
  • The projects are split into 3 categories: Biology, Chemistry, and Engineering.
  • The projects could be experiments or devices that fall under one of the three categories.
  • Participating students should be ready to set up their projects between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, 2018.
  • Judges will start their evaluations according to the rubric below at 12:30 p.m. sharp.
Project Name Team size # Teams Space Application deadline Competition date Level

Open Science and Engineering Competitions

 

 

Up to 4 One team per school per category (Biology, Chemistry, Engineering) 50X100X80cm in width, height and length (Max) January 19, 2018 April 12, 2018 Intermediate and high school

Rubrics:

  • Research: Problem identification and review of existing solutions.
  • Innovation: Teams are solving the problem in a new way or improving on existing solutions.
  • Implementation and completeness: Costs and manufacturability of the proposed solution. Is the solution effectively implemented and tested?
  • Presentation skills: Degree of creativity used in the delivery of the presentation. Clarity of the message.

14.   Physics Photo Contest

Participation Requirements:

Only three students (10th or 11th Grade) per school may participate. A maximum of 40 students will be entered in this competition on a first come, first served basis.

Categories:

Photos may be entered in one of three categories:

  • Natural photos  involve everyday situations that may demonstrate a variety of physics concepts.
  • Contrived photos are those that are set up to show a particular physics concept or related set of concepts.
  • Computer manipulated and long exposure photos. Computer manipulated photos are thos that were altered using various methods to achieve the desired result. Long exposure photos require a long-duration shutter speed to capture the stationary elements of images while blurring, smearing, or obscuring the moving elements.

Judging criteria:

Submissions will be judged on the quality of the photo (50%) and the accuracy of the physics in the explanation that accompanies the photograph (50%)

Entry:

  • The photo must be submitted as an email attachment to joseph.waked@lau.edu.lb in the first 2 weeks of March, 2018Earlier or later submission might not be considered.
  • The photo must be accompanied by a statement of 250 words or less describing the physics in the photo.
  • Participants should print their photo on high gloss photo paper (A4 size) and exhibit it on campus on April 12, 2018.
  • Students should be ready to answer questions and make [DM15]

Failure to follow all competition guidelines will lead to disqualification.

Examples

Natural photos      
Contrived photos

   

Computer manipulated and long exposure photos    
 

The rules and conditions of the Photo contest are based on those of the photo contest of the American Association of Physics Teachers.

15.   Build your own telescope

The students are free to choose between building a simple refracting telescope or a more complicated reflecting telescope. 

At the end, they are expected to be capable of the following:

  1. They should know the magnification of their telescope and how to calculate it.
  2. They should present a list of the different components and their specifications that were used to build the telescope. (i.e: size of mirror, size of lens, focal length of lenses, length of telescope tube, etc.)
  3. Have a poster or hanging pictures illustrating the process of building the telescope, and explain the physics (optics) behind it.
  4. Tell us what celestial objects they were able to see at night, and show a picture they took using the telescope by placing a camera (even a cellphone camera) at the back end of the telescope viewing point (eyepiece). They could take a picture of the moon.
  5. During the science fair, they should be able to demonstrate to us that the telescope is functional (it magnifies objects and focused well) by pointing at a faraway object. NEVER point at the sun with the telescope without having special filters called solar filters.
  6. The telescope primary mirror or objective lens size should NOT be smaller than 4.5 cm in diameter. Expected magnification is not less than ×8.
  7. The students are free to hold the telescope by hand to view objects, or to build a mount where the telescope can be fixed.
  8. The students are expected to find instructions online about what type of telescope to build and what material to use. Please note that they might need to purchase materials/components such as the mirrors from abroad. 

To help you out, we have compiled a short description on how to build your own telescope. This information was gathered from multiple websites. There is no need to abide by the specifications and telescope size stated. BE CREATIVE – Make your telescope functional and beautiful.

Refracting Telescopes:  

 

Definition: 

A refracting telescope (also called a Galilean telescope) is a type of optical telescope that uses two lenses to magnify an object. All refracting telescopes use the same principles. The combination of an objective lens and some type of eyepiece is used to gather more light than the human eye is able to collect on its own. Focus it, and present the viewer with a brighter, clearer, and magnified virtual image. 

Materials to build: 

  1. Cardboard telescoping mailing tube:
    • Diameter of 50 mm (about 2 inches) 
    • Length of 1,100 mm (43.3 inches) 
  2. Coping saw 
  3. Box cutter 
  4. Drill or electrician’s punch 
  5. Lenses:
    • Diameter of 50 mm (about 2 inches)  
    • Length of 1,100 mm (43.3 inches)  

https://www.space.com/24114-how-to-build-a-telescope-science-fair-projects.html

Reflecting Telescopes:  

Definition: 

Almost all of the major telescopes used in astronomy research are reflectors. Instead of using a lens to gather light, like the refractor telescopes in use at this time, they use a curved, metal or glass mirror (primary mirror) to collect the light and reflect it to a focus point at a secondary mirror. 

Materials used: 

  1. Concave mirror
  2. Lens from a small magnifying glass 
  3. Thick cardboard tube, equal to the focal length of the mirror 
  4. Two smaller tubes approximately 10 cm long and 2–3 cm in diameter 
  5. 2cm × 2cm flat mirror 
  6. Thin wooden dowel (not rounded) or chopstick with edges 
  7. Tape measure 
  8. Double-sided tape 
  9. Duct tape 
  10. Masking tape 
  11. Scissors 
  12. Cardboard cutter 

How to build: 

http://www.unawe.org/activity/eu-unawe1314/ 

Project Name Team size # Teams Space Application deadline Competition date Level
Build your own telescope

 

 

 

3 One team per school Refer to instructions January 19, 2018 April 12, 2018 High school
 

Closing Remark

Your students’ participation is instrumental for the success of this annual event. 

Participation by Friday, January 19, 2018.

Students should be able to leave before 4:30 p.m. They may take their projects with them when they leave.

We will be awarding each school a memorabilia for participation, and also each participating student will receive a participation certificate. Winners ranked first and second will be awarded golden and silver medals respectively. 

Some of the highest achievers might get the chance to win scholarship opportunities covering up to 50% of LAU’s tuition fees. 

For our 20th Annual Arts and Sciences Fair an Awards Ceremony will be held at the Selina Korban Auditorium at LAU Byblos on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. for first place winners. Further details will be communicated as we approach the event. 

Thank you for your participation, and regards,

                                                 

Makram Ouaiss, Ph.D.                                                               Barbar Aklé, Ph.D.

Dean of Students                                                                          Assistant Dean, Associate Professor

LAU Byblos Campus                                                                      School of Engineering

                                                                                                            Committee Chair

                                                                       

Contact persons

Tel: 09-547262, ext.: 2712 (Joseph Waked); 2711 (Mary Saad)

Fax: 09-546262 

Email:

ASFair.byblos@lau.edu.lb

joseph.waked@lau.edu.lb

mary.saad@lau.edu.lb

 

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