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Arts & Sciences Fair- Beirut Campus – April 13th, 2017

LAU Beirut will be holding its fourth annual Arts and Sciences Fair for secondary level students (grades 10 & 11) on Thursday, April 13th, 2017


Introductory Meeting:

  • Date: Friday, November 18th, 2016
  • Location: Adnan Kassar School of Business Building (AKSOB), room 903
  • Time: 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Confirmation Deadline: Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Awards

Awards Ceremony: Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Awards:  

  • A participation certificate for each student.
  • A participation memorabilia for each school.
  • Medals for all winners (1st, 2nd, and 3rd place).
  • One ‘School of the Year’ award for Arts presented to the school that gathers the most points in each art category. Therefore, the more competitions participated in, the better chances are for winning.
  • One ‘School of the Year’ award for Sciences presented to the school that gathers the most points in each science category. Therefore, the more competitions participated in, the better chances are for winning.
  • One 50% Scholarship at LAU awarded to a student from the ‘School of the Year’ in Arts.
  • One 50% Scholarship at LAU awarded to a student from the ‘School of the Year’ in Sciences.

Science Competitions

1- Physics Knowledge

Team Requirements:

One team consisting 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. They will be asked in both French and English. Teams will go through an elimination process until the last remaining team wins. The competition will take place on the day of the fair Thursday, April 13th, 2017.

Additional Round (only for the top three schools):

Once the winning teams have been chosen, the top three schools will compete in a bonus round. Each team member will now have to compete individually to determine the top ranking student in each school. This round will only be used to help decide on a potential scholarship winner if the winning school is also the School of the Year Award recipient.

Topics:

Students should prepare by studying the physics program of the Lebanese Government for the 1st and 2nd Secondary classes including:

  • Mechanics
  • Optics and waves
  • Electricity and magnetism
  • Physics general knowledge (history of physics, famous physicists etc.)

Sample Questions:

A basketball is launched with an initial speed of 8.5 m/s and follows the trajectory shown. The ball enters the basket 0.92 s after it is launched. What are the distances x and y?

  1. = 6.0 m, = 0.88 m
  2.  x = 5.4 m, = 0.73 m
  3.  x = 5.7 m, = 0.91 m
  4.  x = 7.6 m, = 1.1 m
  5. = 6.3 m, = 0.96 m

The 1921 Nobel Prize in physics was awarded to Albert Einstein “for his services to Theoretical Physics, and especially for his discovery of…”

  1. E=mc2
  2. Photoelectric effect
  3. Special relativity
  4. General relativity
  5. The Big Bang

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.

N.B. Teachers will be prohibited from entering the room while students partake in the competition and students will be prohibited from using their cellular phones in any manner. Any violations will lead to the disqualification of the entire team.

2. Physics Photography

Participation Requirements:

One 10th or 11th grade student per school may participate. A maximum of 40 schools can participate in this competition, so send in your applications early.

Competition Information:

Students must take a photograph and write a 250 word paragraph explaining the physics within the picture. The photograph must be emailed to Ms. Christina Bouri no later than Wednesday, March 15th, 2017Students must then present their photographs on campus on Thursday, April 13th, 2017. The photographs must be printed on an A4 high gloss photography paper.

Categories:

Photographs may be entered in one of three categories:

  1. Natural: involve everyday situations that demonstrate a variety of physics concepts.
  2. Contrived: show a particular physics concept or related set of concepts.
  3. Computer manipulated: altered using various methods to achieve desired results.
    Long exposure: require a long-duration shutter speed to capture the stationary elements of images while blurring, smearing, or obscuring the moving elements.

Examples:

Natural
Contrived
Computer
Manipulated
and Long
Exposure
 
 

Sample:

Evaluation Criteria:

  • 50%: accuracy of the physics explanation behind the photograph
  • 50%: quality of the photograph

N.B. Failure to follow all competition guidelines or abide by the word limit will lead to the disqualification of the entire team.

3. General Chemistry

Team Requirements:

One team consisting 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. They will be asked in both French and English. Teams will go through an elimination process until the last remaining team wins. The competition will take place on the day of the fair Thursday, April 13th, 2017.

Additional Round (only for the top three schools):

Once the winning teams have been chosen, the top three schools will compete in a bonus round. Each team member will now have to compete individually to determine the top ranking student in each school. This round will only be used to help decide on a potential scholarship winner if the winning school is also the School of the Year Award recipient. 

Topics:

Students should prepare by studying the chemistry program of the Lebanese Government for the 1st and 2nd Secondary classes including:

  • Basic concepts of matter
  • Atomic structure
  • Structure of compounds: ionic and molecular
  • Chemical reactions and aqueous solutions (reaction stoichiometry, basic calculations of mass, molarity, density, number of atoms)
  • Acids and bases
  • Elemental analysis
  • Oxidation/reduction reactions (balancing redox reactions and volumetric analysis of redox reactions)

Sample Questions:

Gold is a precious metal that is chemically unreactive. It is very important for jewelry, dentistry and electronic devices. A small piece of gold is called an ingot. For example, an ingot of mass 301g has a volume of 15.6 cm3. Calculate the density of the ingot.

  1. 4695 g/ml
  2. 19.3 x103 g/ml
  3. 19.3 g/cm3
  4. 4.695 x103 g/cm3
  5. None of the above

A compound of sulfur and oxygen is 40.1% sulfur by mass. What is the empirical formula for the compound? (The atomic weight of S and O are 32.07 and 16.00 respectively).

  1. SO
  2. SO4
  3. SO2
  4. S2O3
  5. SO3

Give the chemical symbol of the element oxidized and reduced (if any) in the equation below:

4KClO3(s) -> 3KClO4(s) + KCl(s)

  1. The element oxidized is Cl and the element reduced is Cl.
  2. The element oxidized is O and the element reduced is Cl.
  3. The element oxidized is Cl and the element reduced is O.
  4. The element oxidized is K and the element reduced is Cl.
  5. The element oxidized is K and the element reduced is O.

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.

N.B. Teachers will be prohibited from entering the room while students partake in the competition and students will be prohibited from using their cellular phones in any manner. Any violations will lead to the disqualification of the entire team.

4. Food Safety Knowledge and Practices at Home

Team Requirements:                                         

One team consisting of four students per school may participate. The team can be composed of any combination of 10th and 11th grade students. A maximum of 40 schools can participate in this competition, so send in your applications early.

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 30 seconds.The competition will take place on the day of the fair Thursday, April 13th, 2017.

Additional Round (only for the top three schools):

Once the winning teams have been chosen, the top three schools will compete in a bonus round. Each team member will now have to compete individually to determine the top ranking student in each school. This round will only be used to help decide on a potential scholarship winner if the winning school is also the School of the Year Award recipient.

Topics:

Students should prepare by studying from the following links:

http://www.nsf.org/consumer-resources/health-and-safety-tips/food-safety-at-home-tips

http://befoodsafe.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Safety_EN.pdf

N.B. Teachers will be prohibited from entering the room while students partake in the competition and students will be prohibited from using their cellular phones in any manner. Any violations will lead to the disqualification of the entire team.

5. Low Calorie Traditional Arabic Sweets

Team Requirements:

One team consisting of four students per school may participate. The team should be composed of a combination of 10th and 11th grade students. A maximum of 15 schools can participate in this competition, so send in your applications early.

Competition Information:

Students must create a lower-calorie version of three traditional Arabic sweets. The sweets may be prepared at home or on campus. Along with creating these sweets, the team must prepare a visual display such as a brochure or poster to explain the modifications to the original recipe along with the new recipe’s added health value.   

Materials:

Students are asked to bring their readymade sweets or ingredients with them on the day of the fair, Thursday, April 13th, 2017, along with the brochures, posters or visual aids that were created.

N.B. The microwave provided will be a standard size. Failure to follow all competition guidelines, such as preparing anything that is not an Arabic sweet, will lead to the disqualification of the entire team.

6. Website Development

Team Requirements:

One team consisting of up to two students per school may participate. The team can be any combination of 10th and 11th grade students.

Competition Information:

Students will have to develop a website that is both 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. The use of predeveloped templates is strictly prohibited; the template must be original. Competitors should have the entire configuration needed for their projects ready on their laptops or personal sites. Teams will be given 10 minutes on the day of the fair Thursday, April 13th, 2017 to present the features on their laptops and answer jury questions. Technical questions related to coding might be asked during or after the presentation.

Materials:

Students are asked to bring their own laptops configured to demonstrate their websites.

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Clear user interface
  • Interaction with users
  • Provided features
  • Underlying technology used
  • Website efficiency and performance

N.B. Failure to follow all competition guidelines, including exceeding the 10 minute time frame, will lead to the disqualification of the entire team.

7. Mobile Application 

Team Requirements:

One team consisting of up to two students per school may participate. The team can be any combination of 10th and 11th grade students.

Competition Information:

Students will have to develop an advanced educational mobile application (e.g. game, problem solving technique, dictionary, translator etc.) in any subject they desire (e.g. English, Math, etc.). The application should be both interactive and dynamic and should include a database for saving and retrieving information. It may also include features such as internet connection, browsing, video playing, messaging, searching, login, user profile updates, multiplayer and more. The application should be robust and should not crash. The use of API’s and libraries is allowed, but the features of the application must be developed from scratch. Teams will be given 10 minutes on the day of the fair to present the features on their smartphones/projectors and answer jury questions. Technical questions related to coding might be asked during or after the presentation, so the source code on their laptops must be available. Students will be asked to come and display their work on the day of the fair on Thursday, April 13th, 2017.

Materials:

Students are asked to have the entire configuration/tools/cables needed for their projects ready on their smart phones and prepared to be connected to the projector.

Evaluation Criteria:

  • User Interface design and ease of usage                                                                                                                                       
  • Interaction with users                                                                                                                                         
  •  Provided features                                                                                                                                                              
  • Idea innovation                                                                                                                                                    
  • Educational relevance                                                                                                                                                 
  • Underlying technology used                                                                                                                                    
  • Efficiency and performance

N.B. Failure to follow all competition guidelines, including exceeding the 10 minute time frame, will lead to the disqualification of the entire team.

8. Estimating π 

Team Requirements:

One team consisting of up to three students per school may participate. The team should consist of only 11th grade students. A maximum of 10 schools can participate in this competition, so send in your applications early.

Competition Information:

Participating students will have to generate estimates of the irrational number π.  Recall that the circumference of a circle of radius r is given by P= 2πr. Starting with the unit circle r=1, the idea is to consider inscribed regular polygons and then approximate the circumference of the circle by the perimeter of the polygon. As the number of sides of the polygon gets larger, the approximation of π becomes more accurate.  Figure 1 (left) shows the unit circle and the inscribed octagon of side a; π can be approximated by π ≈4a.

Task I: Generate the formula for the perimeter of the inscribed regular polygon with a number n of equal sides and then estimate π in terms of n. Then you need to generate estimates of π by increasing the number n. Consider the values n=100, 200, and 500.

Figure 1

Unit circle and the inscribed regular octagon (left)
Inscribed regular polygons with n=3, 5, and 7 sides (right)

Task II: Generate estimates of π by considering the unit circle and circumscribed regular polygons. Approximate the circumference of the unit circle by the perimeter of the circumscribed regular polygon as shown in figure 2. Find the formula of the perimeter of the circumscribed regular polygon with a number n of equal sides, and then estimate π in terms of n. Generate estimates of π with increasing number n. Consider the values n=100, 200, and 500.

Figure 2

Unit circle and the circumscribed octagon (left)
Unit circle and circumscribed regular polygons with n=9 and 10 sides (right)

Task III: An alternative way to generate an estimate of π is to consider the area rather than the circumference of the circle. Recall that the area of a circle is given by S= πr2, hence the area of the unit circle is π. Develop a method that estimates π using areas of regular polygons with n equal sides. Consider the values n=100, 200, and 500.

Task IV: Based on the results obtained in Tasks I, II, and III, draw a conclusion about the best way to approximate π.

Display Material:

Any material in addition to an A1 or A2 poster that visually illustrates the problem above along with its solution may be used. Students will display their work on the day of the fair Thursday, April 13th, 2017.

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Mathematical soundness
  • Clarity
  • Neatness and organization
  • Face to face Q & A

Art, Language, and Social Sciences Competitions

1. Short Story

Participation Requirements:

Two students, one per language (English or Arabic), may participate.

Competition Information:

The participant will write a short story in the language of his/her choice. (Please indicate the language of choice 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.

The contest will take place on Saturday, January 21st, 2017 in the Adnan Kassar School of Business Building from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. English competitions will take place in room 903 while Arabic competitions will take place in room 904. Finalists will be notified in April through their respective schools and will be invited to attend the award ceremony on Thursday, April 13th, 2017.

Materials:

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

Sample Topics:

Please use some sample topic questions from previous years as a guide, but note that this year’s topics may be broader and more general.

  • It is often said that you should never judge another person until you walk in his or her shoes. Tell about an experience that enabled you to better understand another person.
  • Unexpected turn of event
  • Travel experience - imaginative or real – inside or outside Lebanon

N.B. All written material will remain at LAU and will not be distributed to schools.

2. Essay

Participation Requirements:

Two students, one per language (English or Arabic), may participate.

Competition Information:

The participant will write an essay in the language of his/her choice. (Please indicate the language of choice on the application form). The topic to write about will be provided to the students during the contest. Essays are not to exceed 1000 words.

The contest will take place on Saturday, January 21st, 2017 in the Adnan Kassar School of Business Building from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. English competitions will take place in room 903 while Arabic competitions will take place in room 904. Finalists will be notified in April through their respective schools and will be invited to attend the award ceremony on Thursday, April 13th, 2017.

Materials:

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

Sample Topics:

Please use some sample topic questions from previous years as a guide, but note that this year’s topics may be broader and more general.

Technology has transformed our lives, particularly the way we interact and communicate. Compare social interaction now with what it was in your parents’ generation.
We keep witnessing changes around us, often at a very rapid pace. The way our grandparents grew up was significantly different from the way we live. Imagine the future. How do you envision life to be 100 years from now?
If you look around you, you will notice that people dress in very different styles. To what extent, in your opinion, do clothes make people? Do clothes make a significant statement about who we are?

N.B. All written material will remain at LAU and will not be distributed to schools.

3. Poetry

Participation Requirements:

Two students, one per language (English or Arabic), may participate.

Competition Information:

The participant will write a poem in the language of his/her choice. (Please indicate the language of choice on the application form). The topic to write about will be provided to the students during the contest. Poems may be of any type or length.

The contest will take place on Saturday, January 21st, 2017 in the Adnan Kassar School of Business Building from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. English competitions will take place in room 903 while Arabic competitions will take place in room 904. Finalists will be notified in April through their respective schools and will be invited to attend the award ceremony on Thursday, April 13th, 2017.

Materials:

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

N.B. All written material will remain at LAU and will not be distributed to schools.

4. Creative Writing 

Participation Requirements:

Two 11th grade students may participate.

Competition Information:

Participants will be provided with a limited selection of topics to pick from and will have the choice to write in any format they feel comfortable with. The creative writing piece can only be written in English. The contest will take place on Thursday, April 13th, 2017.

Materials:

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

N.B. All written material will remain at LAU and will not be distributed to schools.

5. Ling-o-mania

Participation Requirements:

Two 10th or 11th grade student representatives per school may participate. A maximum of 30 schools can participate in this competition, so send in your applications early.

Competition Information:

Students will compete in an online vocabulary and spelling competition based on the American spelling of words. The competition will be composed of several True/False and multiple choice questions. The student who receives the highest score within the allotted time wins. The questions will be based on the meaning and/or spelling of the top 200 words and word families of the Academic Word List http://www.englishvocabularyexercises.com/AWL/.  Applicants must submit both their names and email addresses (through the online application form) so that they may be added to the online class ‘Ling-o-mania’ where they can learn, practice, get tips, and communicate with other competitors. The competition will take place on the day of the fair Thursday, April 13th, 2017.

Workshop (required):

A workshop will be held on Saturday, January 28th, 2017 in the Adnan Kassar School of Business Building, room 1310 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. This will teach participating students how to access the Learning Management System (LMS), practice, gather tips, and communicate with other competitors. 

6- The Editor 

Participation Requirements:

Two 10th or 11th grade students per school may participate. A maximum of 20 schools can participate in this competition, so send in your applications early.

Competition Information:

Students will have to proofread an academic text and correct the grammar, usage, punctuation, and spelling in order to enhance the clarity and meaning of the passage. The participant who is able to do so in the shortest period of time will win. The Edited American English (EAE) or Standard Written English (SWE) will be used. The competition will take place on the day of the fair Thursday, April 13th, 2017.

Workshop (required):

A workshop will be held on Saturday, January 28th, 2017 in the Adnan Kassar School of Business Building, room 1310 from 12:00 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. This will provide participants with a list of grammar and usage fields and some strategies to tackle them.

7- Express Yourselves

Participation Requirements:

Only one 10th or 11th grade student per school may participate. A maximum of 25 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 3-5 minute persuasive speech based 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. 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. They must deliver their speech on the day of the fair Thursday, April 13th, 2017.

Organizational Strategies:

Speeches should be organized using one of the following strategies:

  1. Problem-Solution or
  2. Cause-Effect

Topics (select one):

-What used to be called green Lebanon is no longer “green” as we are clearly and sadly losing our green space. Discuss the problem of the loss of green space in Lebanon and provide some feasible solutions.

-In your opinion, what are some of the reasons behind the loss of the Lebanese identity in today’s

globalized world?

Q&A Session (optional):

An optional afternoon Q&A session will be held on Friday, January 27th, 2017 in the amphitheater at the Upper Gate from 4:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. This will provide participating students and their teachers with a list of expectations concerning the preparation of the speech. Any questions that the participants may have concerning the competition will also be answered during the session.

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 Q&A session for additional transparency.

8. Philosophy

Team Requirements:

One team consisting of three students per school may participate. The team can be composed of any combination of 10th and 11th grade students.

Competition Information:

The contest will consist of four phases.

  1. The first phase will involve validity/invalidity. Teams have to decipher whether an argument is valid or invalid. During the competition, a series of arguments will be projected on a large screen and changed every 3-6 minutes. The selections will be in English.
  2. The second phase will involve deductive form.  Teams will have to choose the correct deductive form from 4 or 5 choices in response to an argument (some may be presented through a comic strip or video).
  3. The third phase will involve finding fallacies. Teams will have to choose the correct fallacy from 4 or 5 choices in response to a claim that is presented (some may be presented through a comic strip or video).
  4. The fourth phase is the final mix. Questions from the above 3 phases will be presented to determine the top ranking student from each school. Each team member will now have to compete individually, even against his/her own original teammates. This round will only be used to help decide on a potential scholarship winner if the winning school is also the School of the Year award recipient.

All teams will play simultaneously and points will be assigned accordingly. The points from the first 3 phases will be tallied and the team with the most points wins. The competition will take place on the day of the fair Thursday, April 13th, 2017.

Workshop (required):

A workshop will be held on Saturday, January 28th, 2017 in the Adnan Kassar School of Business Building, room 903 from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. This will give participating students a chance to become better acquainted with the idea of fallacies, validity, invalidity and argument extraction.

Materials:

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

9. Assessing Community Needs – A Proposal for Social Change

Team Requirements:

One team consisting of up to five students per school may participate. The team should be a combination of 10th and 11th grade students.

Competition Information:

Students must identify a community or neighborhood and include some statistics regarding the community including its name, geographic location with bordering neighborhoods, population, and demographics. They will then have to conduct a community needs assessment or walking survey. Walking surveys are systematic observations made on foot used to assess general community needs.

Some examples include:

  • The age, nature, and condition of the community’s available housing
  • The community’s infrastructure needs (roads, bridges, streetlights, etc.…)
  • The location, condition, and use of public spaces
  • The availability of cultural sites and entertainment activities
  • The presence or absence of functioning businesses and industrial facilities
  • The streetscape and amount of activity (amount and movement of traffic at various times)
  • The presence or absence of a functioning public transportation system
  • The environmental quality of the community (pollution, garbage, and noise level)
  • The presence of places of worship
  • The location and condition of public buildings (governmental or municipal structures)
  • The presence and accessibility or absence of health services
  • The presence and accessibility or absence of public services and community organizations
  • The presence or absence of educational institutions
  • Any differences among neighborhoods or areas of the community
  • “Feel” of the community

Once the Walking Survey is completed, students will have to analyze the results by referring to these general questions:  

  • What are the community’s outstanding assets?
  • What seems to be the community’s biggest challenges?
  • What is the most striking aspect of the community?
  • What was the most unexpected?

After analyzing the results, the team then needs to develop and propose two strategies or social services that might be beneficial to the community. 

The team will present their walking survey results and proposal in a 15 minute PowerPoint or Prezi presentation on campus on Thursday, April 13th, 2017.  The presentation may either be in Arabic or English. 

Materials:

Students are asked to bring all the visual material needed for their presentations including their own laptops.

Workshop (required):

A workshop will be held on Saturday, January 28th, 2017 in the Adnan Kassar School of Business Building, room 904 from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. This will give participating students a chance to become better acquainted with the idea of conducting a walking survey. Examples of walking surveys will also be provided.

10. Film Making

Team Requirements:

Two teams consisting of up to three students per school may participate. The team can be composed of any combination of 10th and 11th grade students.

Competition Information:

Students must create a 0.5 to 3 minute (end credits included) creative video in any genre (ex: music video, PSA, short film, long uninterrupted shot, etc…). The film can be composed of visuals without dialogue. If there is dialogue included, it can either be in English or Arabic. If the film is in Arabic, an English plot summary must be submitted along with the film. Students should upload the film on Youtube and send the link to Ms. Christina Bouri no later than Wednesday, April 5th, 2017. They must then come screen their films on campus on Thursday, April 13th, 2017.

N.B. Failure to follow all competition guidelines, including exceeding the 3 minute time frame, will lead to the disqualification of the entire team.

11. Journalism 

Team Requirements:

One team consisting of up to three students per school may participate. The team can be composed of any combination of 10th and 11th grade students. A maximum of 30 schools can participate in this competition, so send in your applications early.

Competition Information:

Students must choose a topic regarding either social problems, human rights or civic conflict. They must conduct basic research and investigation on the chosen topic and come up with an effective and detailed solution that can be implemented through social media. The solution must be submitted either through a word press site, blog, photo essay or a 1 minute video report. If a video report is created, it must include live interviews. All projects or website links are to be emailed to Ms. Christina Bouri no later than Wednesday, March 1st, 2017. Student must present their work on campus on Thursday, April 13th, 2017.

Workshop (required):

A workshop will be held on Saturday, January 28th, 2017 in Irwin Hall from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This will give participating students a chance to become better acquainted with the creation of a blog or word press site.

N.B. Failure to follow all competition guidelines, including exceeding the 1 minute time frame will lead to the disqualification of the entire team.

12. Script Writing 

Team Requirements:

One team consisting of up to three students per school may participate. The team can be composed of any combination of 10th and 11th grade students. A maximum of 30 schools can participate in this competition, so send in your applications early.

Competition Information:

Students must submit a script for a short film. The script can be in either English or Arabic and must be written using a proper film script format. The script is not to exceed 10 pages. If the script is in Arabic, an English plot summary must be submitted along with the script. Students must email their script to Ms. Christina Bouri no later than Wednesday, March 1st, 2017. Finalists will be notified in April through their respective schools and will be invited to attend the award ceremony on Thursday, April 13th, 2017.

Workshop (required):

A workshop will be held on Saturday, January 28th, 2017 in Irwin Hall from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. This will give participating students a chance to become better acquainted with proper film script writing.

N.B. Failure to follow all competition guidelines will lead to the disqualification of the entire team.

13. Performing Arts 

Team Requirements:

One team consisting of up to fifteen students per school may participate. The team can be composed of any combination of 10th and 11th grade students. A maximum of 30 schools can participate in this competition, so send in your applications early.

Competition Information:

The competition will consist of two phases:

  1. Students must come up with a 3 minute performance that tackles a social conflict, human rights issue, or community development. Students are encouraged to think outside the box and be relevant to current issues. They can use any combination or methods of performing arts such as singing, dancing, acting (preferably without dialogue), or instrument-playing.
  2. Students will have to campaign their work on social media and gather many likes, shares and/or comments.

Students will perform live on the day of the fair on Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Workshop (required):

A workshop will be held on Saturday, January 28th, 2017 in Gulbenkian Theater from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This will give participating students a chance to showcase their performances and receive feedback from the judges.

Evaluation Criteria:

  • 50%: live performance
  • 50%: social media campaign

N.B. Failure to follow all competition guidelines, including exceeding the 3 minute time frame, will lead to the disqualification of the entire team.

14. Translation 

Participation Requirements:

One 10th or 11th grade student per school may participate.

Competition Information:

The participant will have to translate a general text, some idioms, and proverbs either from English to Arabic or from French to Arabic. Please indicate the language of choice on the application form.

The contest will take place on Saturday, January 21st, 2017 in Nicol 211 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Finalists will be notified in April through their respective schools and will be invited to attend the award ceremony on Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Workshop (required):

A workshop will be held on Saturday, January 14th, 2017 in Nicol 211 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. This will give participating students a chance to become better acquainted with the idea of translating documents.

Materials:

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

Important Dates, Locations, and Timings

  Application Deadline Competition Day Workshop Project Deadline
Physics Knowledge Monday, January 23rd, 2017 Thursday, April 13th, 2017    
Physics Photography Monday, January 23rd, 2017 Thursday, April 13th, 2017   Wednesday, March 15th, 2017
General Chemistry Monday, January 23rd, 2017 Thursday, April 13th, 2017    
Food Safety Knowledge
and Practices at Home
Monday, January 23rd, 2017 Thursday, April 13th, 2017    
Low Calorie Traditional
Arabic Sweets
Monday, January 23rd, 2017 Thursday, April 13th, 2017    
Website Development Monday, January 23rd, 2017 Thursday, April 13th, 2017    
Mobile Application Monday, January 23rd, 2017 Thursday, April 13th, 2017    
Estimating  π Monday, January 23rd, 2017 Thursday, April 13th, 2017    
Short Story Thursday, December 15th, 2016 Saturday, January 21st, 2017                  
Adnan Kassar Business Building
(903/904)
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.                              
   
Essay Thursday, December 15th, 2016 Saturday, January 21st, 2017                  
Adnan Kassar Business Building
(903/904)
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.                              
   
Poetry Thursday, December 15th, 2016 Saturday, January 21st, 2017                  
Adnan Kassar Business Building (903/904)
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.                              
   
Creative Writing Monday, January 23rd, 2017 Thursday, April 13th, 2017    
Ling-o-mania  Monday, January 23rd, 2017 Thursday, April 13th, 2017 Saturday, January 28th, 2017
Adnan Kassar Business Building 1310
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
 
The Editor Monday, January 23rd, 2017 Thursday, April 13th, 2017 Saturday, January 28th, 2017
Adnan Kassar Business Building 1310
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
 
Express Yourselves Monday, January 23rd, 2017 Thursday, April 13th, 2017 Friday, January 27th, 2017
Upper Gate – Amphitheater
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
 
Philosophy  Monday, January 23rd, 2017 Thursday, April 13th, 2017 Saturday, January 28th, 2017
Adnan Kassar Business Building 903
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
 
Assessing Community
Needs – A Proposal for
Social Change                                             
Monday, January 23rd, 2017 Thursday, April 13th, 2017 Saturday, January 28th, 2017
Adnan Kassar Business Building 904
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
 
Film Making Monday, January 23rd, 2017 Thursday, April 13th, 2017   Wednesday, April 5th, 2017
Journalism Monday, January 23rd, 2017 Thursday, April 13th, 2017 Saturday, January 28th, 2017
Irwin Hall
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 1st, 2017
Script Writing Monday, January 23rd, 2017   Saturday, January 28th, 2017
Irwin Hall
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 1st, 2017
Performing Arts Monday, January 23rd, 2017 Thursday, April 13th, 2017 Saturday, January 28th, 2017
Gulbenkian Theater
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
 
Translation Thursday, December 15th, 2016 Saturday, January 21st, 2017
Nicol 211                            
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, January 14th, 2017             
Nicol 211
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.     
 

 

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

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Alan Kairouz
Office of the Dean of Students 
Ext: 2536

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