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XIX Annual Sciences and Arts Fair- April 20-21, 2017

Dear School Officials and Faculty,

We started the preparation early to give you all a head start.  The LAU team met and brainstormed and came up with new and exciting topics for the Fair.  All these topics are to be discussed in our collective upcoming meeting Friday November 4, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. in the Science Auditorium

The organising committee will be actively answering questions upon request.

The following pages cover in details all aspects that you need to follow for the 19th Students’ Annual Sciences and Arts Fair which will be held Thursday and Friday, April 20 and 21, 2017 at the LAU Byblos campus grounds.  We have prolonged deadlines as much as possible this year, and therefore 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 returned within the deadline.
Schools wishing to send their filled applications electronically can request to do so during the upcoming meeting.

PS: Theme for this year’s S&A Fair is to be inspired, where possible, by our Great Lebanese philosopher, writer, poet, and painter Gibran Khalil Gibran

Best Regards,

Sciences and Arts Fair Committee

Arts Projects 

1. Visual Arts Contests

Projects are to be inspired by “Gibran Khalil Gibran”

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

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

Students participating in any of the arts categories must have their projects available at the LAU – Byblos campus, to the attention of Dr. Mars Semaan no later than Friday February 10, 2017, at 3:30 p.m. No late arrivals will be accepted.  Semi-finalists will be notified through their respective schools, for them to come to the award ceremony on Friday, April 21, 2017, at 12:00 p.m.  Schools can participate in 2 projects in each domain in each of the two levels of student grades categories.  The sizes of all Art work should NOT exceed 50X50X60 cm in width, height and length.

PS: Top five in all visual arts categories might be asked to defend their projects during the Arts day in order to rank them accordingly

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
16, 2017
February
10, 2017
High school & Intermediate

2. Video Clip Making Competition

Rules:

  • Every school can participate with only 1 team (Crew up to 6 students maximum / Students can be from different levels)
  • Theme of the clip must be inspired by one of Gibran Khalil Gibran’s works.
  • 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 by Tuesday March 24, 2017 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 Space Application deadline Deadline for receiving projects (Video Clips) Level
Video Clip Making Up to 6 Students 1 team per school 1 to 4 min Max
 
January
16, 2017
March 24 2017 Open

3. Fashion Design and Modelling 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 where the theme of the contest is revealed. After which the contestants will have 75 minutes (10 minutes should be allocated to design the item and 65 minutes to pin the item on) to prepare their models with an outfit that portrays the contest’s theme. 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 School of Arts and Sciences would judge both the design and modelling based on the following categories:

  1. Originality and creativity of the clothing item on display
  2. How good the concept looks on the catwalk
  3. Modelling technique
  4. Crowds favourite (4 points; Model with the biggest cheer)

Please note that the model will need to wear a vest or t-shirt and shorts so that the paper can be pinned to the body- and do be mindful of very provocative outfits as great design is about using the body as a canvas, not in an undignified way. Females and males will be competing against each other within the same category. A point scheme based on the item value will be provided at a later date.

For any school that would like to compete, we would kindly require that you send us the names of the participants.

Schedule:                  

  • 11:45 a.m. : Briefing
  • 12:00 p.m. : Design and Pin contest starts
  • 13:15 p.m. : Design and Pin contest finishes
  • 13:30 p.m.: Modelling competition starts
  • 14:00 p.m.: End of competition
Project Name Team size # Teams Space Application deadline Competition date Level
Fashion Design & Modeling 3 1 per school N.A. January
16, 2017
April
21, 2017
Any level

4. Poetries, Short Stories and Essays

Topics will depict a quote/s from “Gibran Khalil Gibran” writings

The students participating in the writing contest for Poetries, Short Stories and Essays (in the three languages, Arabic English and French): The contest will take place on the LAU Byblos Campus grounds (Selina Korban Theatre) on Saturday March 11, 2017 from 09:00 to 13:00.  The topic to write about will be provided to the students during the contest.  Students are asked to bring their pens and pencils, and LAU shall provide the scratch and contest papers.  Short Stories for the Intermediate classes should not exceed 1000 words, while the Essays should not exceed 500 words.  Short Stories for the Secondary classes are not to exceed 2000 words while the Essays should not exceed 1000 words.  Each school can participate in 2 Poems, 2 Short Stories and 2 Essays in each of the 3 languages and in the two levels of student grades categories. Semi-finalists will be notified through their respective schools, for them to come to the award ceremony on Friday, April 21, 2017, at 12:00 p.m.

Project Name Team size # Teams Space Application deadline Competition date Level
Poetry/ Short Story/ Essay 1 2 poems, 2 stories and 2 essays per language and level. Intermediate: 1000 words (story), 500 words (essay). Secondary: 2000 words (story), 1000 words (essay). January
16, 2017
March
11, 2017
 (From 09:00 to 13:00)
Intermediate/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. Rm. 608 (tentative location) on April 21, 2017 from 10:00a.m. To 12:00 pm.
The theme of the informative speech will be Gibran Kahlil Gibran. Applicants will be asked to choose a specific topic and give a three minute informative speech on it.
A soft copy of the speech will have to be sent to suraya.rahme@lau.edu.lb by Friday March 31, 2017 in order to be uploaded onto www.turnitin.com . Applicants will also be asked to use PowerPoint as a visual aid. The speech must be done in English and will be graded on content and delivery.
Semi-finalists will be notified after all the presentations are done in order to come to the award ceremony on

Project Name Team size # Teams Space Application deadline Competition date Level
Public speaking (English) 1 student 1 applicant/ school Sc. 608 January
16, 2017
21/04/2017
(10:00 to 12:00)
High School or Intermediate

6. Public speaking (Arabic)

فن الإلقاء     

سيطلب من المتقدمين مواضيع مفتوحة من الشعر والنثرمن ضمن مؤلفات  الفيلسوف و الأديب جبران خليل جبران  ، وسيحدد الوقت لخمس دقائق لكل طالب، سيتم إختيار طالب من كل مرحلة (إبتدائية و ثانوية) لكل مدرسة، و سيراعى التشويق في الإلقاء:

نبرات الصوت، التأني في الكلام،  حركات اليدين.

One applicant per school per level (Intermediate /High) can participate. The contest will take place on the LAU Byblos campus grounds, Science Bldg. Rm. 607, on April 21,2017 from 10:00a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
A soft copy of the speech will have to be sent to: nidale.daccache@lau.edu.lb by Friday March 31, 2017.  Applicants will also be asked to use PowerPoint as a visual aid. The speech must be done in Arabic and will be graded on content and delivery.

Semi-finalists will be notified after all the presentations are done in order to come to the award ceremony on April 21, 2017.

Project Name Team size # Teams Space Application deadline Competition date Level
Public Speaking (Arabic) 1 1 applicant/ school per  level Sc.607 January
16, 2017
21/04/2017
(10:00 to 12:00)
Any level

7. The Performing Arts

Students should be ready at 12:00 noon on Friday, April 21, 2017, 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 which embodies one of Gibran Khalil Gibran’s writings.

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 or story from which the dance was inspired should be sent to the attention of Dr. Nadra Assaf (nassaf@lau.edu.lb) and Mr. Joseph Waked (joseph.waked@lau.edu.lb)

Criteria for Judging

  1. Creativity:
    • Originality of the choreography
    • Choice of music and costume
  2. Musicality and Expression: to which extent the dancers adhere to timing (intro and conclusion), Musical phrasings, and the message they are trying to convey.
  3. Stage Presence
    • Presentation
    • Confidence
    • Body Expressions
    • Synchronization
  4. Overall Entertainment Value: The Audience and Judges’ reaction to the overall performance.  
Project Name Team size # Teams Space Application deadline Competition date Level
Group dance 1 1 team – 3 to 10 students Selina Korban Auditorium January
16, 2017
21/04/2017 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 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. 

b. Solo Singing Competition (VOCAL STAR FACTOR)

  • Every school can participate with only 1 student ( high school level)
  • Participants should select two songs of their choice; first one to perform during Round one (Thursday April 20, 2017) and another song to perform if qualified for Round two (Friday April 21, 2017)
  • Songs can be Arabic, English, or French.
  • Participants must have the instrumental music (Karaoke) of their songs saved on a USB.
  • The USB should be delivered to LAU along with the application by March 11 2017 as deadline.

Important Rules:

  • Songs containing profanity are NOT permitted and may result in immediate disqualification.
  • Judges will inform participants who qualifies for Round two after Round one.
  • Additional instructions and eligibility requirements may be announced during the contest.

Criteria for Judging

  1. Voice Quality:
    • The quality, Tone and individual characteristics of the voice
    • Clarity and Expression 
  2. Musicality: Rhythm & Tempo: (The voice and timing in relation to the music.)
  3. Stage Presence                
    • Visual presentation on stage
    •  Confidence
    • Costume
    • Body Expressions
  4. Overall Entertainment Value: The Audience and Judges’ reaction to the overall performance.  
Project Name Team size # Teams Space Application deadline + USB Submission Competition date Level
Vocal STAR Factor 1Student 1 per school   January 16, 2017 (application deadline)
March 11 2017 (USB Submission Deadline)
Round One 20/04/2017 (Tentative 12:00pm)
Round Two 21/04/2017 (Tentative 12:00pm)
High School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

c. LAUgh Competition*

Rules:

  • Every school can participate with only 1 student (Student can be of any level)
  • The student should come up with a funny Stand-up Comedy Script on any matters of everyday life; it is how the subjects are inter-related and handled in a comic way and not just reciting jokes
  • The student will have up to 7 minutes MAX to deliver his Stand-up Comedy
  • Scripts containing profanity are NOT permitted and would result in disqualification
  • Students must have their scripts sent as a soft copy by Monday March 13th 2017 as a deadline. (To the attention of Ms. Mary Saad: mary.saad@lau.edu.lb and  Mr. Joseph Waked: joseph.waked@lau.edu.lb)

Guidelines:

  • The script can be in Arabic or English language
  • The script should be FUNNY!
  • NO POLITICS, NO CURSING, NO VULGARITY, NO RELIGION, NO OFFENSIVE MATERIAL is allowed
  • Plagiarism from other stand-up scripts is prohibited

Criteria for Judging

  1. Content
    • Script/subjects involved
    • Creativity & Originality
    • Coherence
  2. Overall Quality
    • Overall impression
    • The LAUgh factor
    • Meaningfulness and authenticity
Project Name Team size # Teams Space Application deadline Deadline for receiving scripts Level
LAUgh 1 1 student per school Up to 7 min Max
 
January 16th 2017 March 13th, 2017 Open

Science Projects 

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 60 seconds (one minute) through a large screen from a Power Point presentation. The answers will be through a multiple choice type questions (Answer one from 4 or 5 different given answers). Students may bring calculators of any kind. One team of 2 or 3 students per school may participate. One of the students may be a 1st secondary student while the other two should be from the second secondary class.

The first elimination contest will take place at 10:30 a.m. sharp on Thursday April 20, 2017 in SELINA KORBAN Auditorium.  The finals, if needed, will take place at 14:30 (2:30p.m.) the same day and winners will be notified so that they return on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. for the Science award giving ceremony.                                                   

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 16th 2017 April 20, 2017 (10:30. Finals at 14:30 pm. 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 Science & 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 to 5 students 1 per school per level 2mx2mx2m in width, length and height (Max). January 16th 2017 April 20, 2017 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 can food intake influence our health and lifestyle
  • To show how we can improve the way people are eating

Format of the project  (Display): The purpose is to display your project to a judge.

  • 2 x 2 meter exhibition area.
  • Content, or the information on the board, is the most important thing → Your display should attract the attention of a viewer
  • The title is very important in a display board. It should be eye-catching and easy to read.
  • Student will have 5 minutes to present the display to the group of judges.
  • The oral presentation should include some background information as well as a description of the practical part and its purpose.

The display can represent:

  • A live experiment  (ex: cooking a low fat desert)
  • The modelling of a certain biological mechanism  (ex: what happens to excess dietary fat in the body)
  • Nutrition and health education/information tools (ex: billboards with tips about healthy foods)
  • The chemistry of food, quantification, ingredients, degradation etc. (ex: sugar in soft drinks or preservatives in canned foods)

Evaluation Criteria:

  • The originality of the idea
  • The visual characteristics of the display (ex: interesting pictures, colourful design, easy to understand etc…)
  • The quality of the scientific knowledge presented
  • The oral explanation of the project (using proper scientific terms, not reading off the display, enthusiasm of the team).
Project Name Team size # Teams Space Application deadline Competition date Level
Eating Well for a Better Health 3 2 per level 2*2 meter exhibition area (5min presentation) January 16th 2017 April 20, 2017 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 thirty years revolutionizing the fields of biology, medicine, and even agriculture. The need to feed an ever growing world population has led to the production of genetically modified foods (GMFs). These are foods that contain genes from other organisms. These genes serve a multitude of functions ranging from enhancing crop productivity, to frost resistance, to protection from pests.  However many people argue that GMFs do more harm than good. Biosafety is one aspect that causes alarm as there have been cases where allergies and deaths have occurred after ingestion of GM products. Environmental concerns such as the effect on biodiversity, gene transfer to other organisms, ethical and moral issues such as the right to create novel organisms, and corporate monopolies are a few of the many reasons that argue against such crops. However, very few studies have focused on the presence of GMFs on the Lebanese market.

Aim of the project:

The aim of the project is to check the amount of GMF existing on the Lebanese market. Each participating student is expected to collect samples from various corn based products available in local supermarkets such as corn cobs, 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 targets mainly senior high school students (Grade 11 and 12). One student per school is allowed. A maximum of twenty students can be accommodated and divided into groups of two. The places will be filled on a first come first serve basis.

Two to three sessions would be provided to carry out the project on Saturdays, February 18 and 25, 2017.

Project Name Team size # Teams Space Application deadline Workshop dates Level
Detection of genetically modified foods on the Lebanese market One (Total number is 20 students) One student per school N.A. January 16th 2017 Workshops:  Feb 18 & 25, 2017 Grade 11 and 12

5. Chemistry Magic Trick Competition

In this competition, students are asked to perform experimentally a chemistry magic trick where they should be able to explain it in a pure chemistry way; for example through a set of chemical reactions, through a concept of indicators…
So the student should be fully aware of what are the factors behind this trick.
Thus,  he/she  will be graded on how clear is the experimental  Magic show, how good is the presentation within the show, how much the explanation behind this trick is chemically oriented and most important how much capable is he /she to answer questions related to his/her  trick.
To double check the safety of the magic trick experiment, a procedure will have to be sent to: gnaous@lau.edu.lb by Friday April 3, 2017. Any experiment considered unsafe will be automatically rejected.
The projects need to be set up in less than 5 minutes.  Starting 12:00 noon, 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. Preferably, the group should be composed of a maximum of 2 students.
  3. Students from grade 10 or grade 11 are allowed to participate.
  4. Students should bring with them any related material to the magic show (like glassware, heaters…)
  5. Unsafe magic trick experiments are not allowed.
Project Name Team size # Teams Space Application deadline Competition date Level
Chemistry magic trick 2 max One team per school Table of 1m x 0.5m January 16th 2017 April  20, 2017 Grade 10 and 11

6.  Chemistry Olympiad

Base Titrations Competition

  • Event location: Science Building of Lebanese American University Byblos.
  • Event date: Saturday, March 11, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. till 13:00 p.m.
  • Participants: Grade10 or grade 11students.
  • Evaluation criteria: Accuracy, Precision, Technique.
  • Registration deadline: 16/01/2017

Participants need to bring their own laboratory coat and safety goggles to the event. The participants can prepare for the event. A typical titration procedure is outlined below. On the day of the competition, the participants will perform the titrations three times in the laboratories of LAU. The winners of the competition will be announced at the Annual Science and Arts Fair on Thursday April 20, 2017.

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

Table of result:

Number written on your flask is:      

Volume of HCl

Trial # VHCl
1  
2  
3  

 

Average Volume  
Concentration of NaOH  
  • Participants need to bring their own laboratory coat to the event.
  • Every school can be represented by one group consisting of 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 web site.
  • On the day of the competition, the participants will perform the titrations three times in the laboratories of LAU.
  • The winners of the competition will be announced at the Annual Science and Arts Fair on Thursday, April 20, 2017.
Project Name Team size # Teams Space Application deadline Competition date Level
Chemistry Olympiad 1 student 1 per school N.A. January 16th 2017 11/03/2017
9:00 – 13:00
Grade 10 or Grade 11

7. Engineering and 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 20, 2017.

The categories are:

  • Web Development (open for all students)
  • Mobile Computing (open for all students)

a. Web development (open for all students) :

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

Criteria for evaluation:

  • Clear user interface
  • Interactivity with user
  • Underlying technology used
  • Speed of display

b. Mobile Computing (open for all students)

In this project, students should implement a mobile application.

Criteria for evaluation:

  • Originality
  • Ease of use
  • Speed
  • 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 (i.e. around 3:00 pm) in the Academic Computer Center (Bloc A room 402)

Project Name Team size # Teams Space Application deadline Competition date Level
Computer science category Up to 3 Open N.A. January 16th 2017 20/04/2017 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 Sciences and Arts fair Pinewood Derby Race will build their own cars from wood, usually from kits (available to be purchased from LAU) 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 their car three times and the smallest time will be recorded.

The Race track will be similar to that adopted by US Club scouts with an automated release and timing system. If interested check the following details: http://pullennt.dnsalias.com/pinewood/images/pwdtrack.gif

ALL CARS MUST PASS INSPECTION TO QUALIFY FOR THE RACE

Following are the inspection points

  1. The car weight shall not exceed 150gr.
  2. The overall length of the car shall not exceed 18cm.
  3. The overall width of the car shall not exceed 7cm.
  4. The car must have 4.5cm clearance between the wheels.
  5. The car must have 1cm 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.

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 4 students per team One team per school per level 16/01/2017 20/04/2017 Intermediate and high school

9. The Electromagnetic Lift:  (The Little Engineer)

The Electromagnetic lift is a workshop and a competition organized by “The Little Engineer” for intermediate students. Each school may participate with one team of three students (MUST be three students), who will participate in a workshop on a Saturday during February or March 2017 (Date will be set and participants will be notified ASAP) to learn about electromagnetism and will experience building electromagnets. The team will also learn team building and management skills. The team will receive a task during the workshop to go and build an electromagnet that can lift a certain weight.

This competition can accommodate a maximum of 10 teams on a first come first serve basis.

Project Name Team size # Teams Workshop date Application deadline Competition date Level
The Electromagnetic Lift Team of 3 students One team per school per level Tentative 16/01/2017 20/04/2017 Intermediate

10.  The Solar Vest (The Little Engineer)  

The Solar Vest is a workshop and a competition organized by “The Little Engineer” for High School students. Each school may participate with one team of three students (MUST be three students), who will participate in a workshop on a Saturday during February or March 2017 (Date will be set and participants will be notified ASAP) to learn about solar power and will experience using photovoltaic cell prototypes. The team will also learn team building and management skills. The team will receive a task during the workshop to go a solar vest according to given specifications.

This competition can accommodate a maximum of 10 teams on a first come first serve basis.

Project Name Team size # Teams Workshop date Application deadline Competition date Level
The Solar Vest Team of 3 students One team per school per level Tentative 16/01/2017 20/04/2017 High school

11.  The Robot-Sumo Competition:  (Robotics Club)



There will be two competitions (Run separately with two trophies and 1 team per school in each):Robot-sumo or SumoBot , is a sport in which two robots attempt to push each other out of a circle (in a similar fashion to the sport of sumo). The engineering challenges are for the robot to find its opponent (usually accomplished with infrared or ultra-sonic sensors) and to push it out of the flat arena. A robot should also avoid leaving the arena, usually by means of a sensor that detects the edge.

  • Remote controlled
  • Autonomous

A workshop on programing robots for the Sumo competition will be provided (Date will be set and participants will be notified ASAP)

All SumoBots must fit the following specifications:

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

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

The Dohyo Specification:

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

Beginning of the game:

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

End of the game:

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

Game canceling and rematches occurs under the following conditions:

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

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

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

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

Violations and warning:

Warning:

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

Violations: 

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

Loss by violation:

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

Disqualification:

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

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

  *These rules and pictures are taken/inspired from the Japan Robot-Sumo Tournament. For more details please visit: http://www.fsi.co.jp/sumo-e/index.html

Project Name Team size # Teams Space Workshop date Application deadline Competition date Level
The Robot-Sumo Competition. up to 6 students 1 team per school per level per competition:

 

*Remote

*Autonomous

Robots must fit inside a 20 cm by 20 cm box, any height. Tentative 16/01/2017 20/04/2017 Any Age

12. 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 0.75m x 1.5m. The track is of an unknown shape marked with a black colored line has a width of 2cm is placed on the white board. An example is provided in the figure below. The surface of the board is a printed paper. The robot will have 5 checkpoints (squares of 4cm x 4cm red colored) to cross. The start at the “Start” Line and the robot that crosses the end line the fastest will win the competition. Three attempts are given per team and the best time is recorded.

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

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

A workshop on programing robots for the Line Tracking competition will be provided (Date will be set and participants will be notified ASAP)

Project Name Team size # Teams Space Application deadline Workshop date Competition date Level
Line-Tracking. 4 1 team per school The track is a whiteboard (paper top) that measures 0.75m x 1.5m. 16/01/2017  Tentative 20/04/2017 Any age

13.    Balsa Bridge Design (ASCE)

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 which will bear the load for testing.
  9. Bridge must have supports at least 25cm 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. Prior to load testing, the bridge receives a specifications check to determine whether it conforms to the weight, dimension, and construction rules.
  2. Bridge is weighed and its weight recorded.
  3. Bridges are judged for neatness of craftsmanship and for creativity prior to testing.
  4. 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

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.

Project Name Team size # Teams Space Application deadline Competition date Level
Balsa Bridge Design. Up to 6 students 1 per school The balsa bridge must span at least 40 cm, with a minimum width of 5cm. 16/01/2017 20/04/2017 Any age

14. Water conservation and Hygiene Competition (Co-organized by the Rotary International Club) *

Description:

Water covers approximately 70% of the earth’s surface, however less than 1% of that is useful fresh water. Due to climate change Lebanon and the remaining of the Middle East are expected to lose around 10% of their fresh water while the demand is expected to increase by 60%. According to the World Resources Institute conflicts such as the Syrian Civil war has erupted partially due to drought and other symptoms of the climate change. Furthermore Hygiene is critical to avoid infection transfer between humans. Handwashing with soap sounds simple, however most people fails on performing it effectively. Covering a cough and sneezing are other examples of hygiene issues.

In this competition, participants are invited to propose relevant innovative solutions to the water shortage and the Hygiene problems. Solutions could be related but not strict to:

  • Water Filtration
  • Waste Water Treatment
  • Water Distribution
  • Desalination and other techniques to collect fresh water (Water from humid air)
  • Water saving (and recycling) techniques and relevant awareness campaigns.
  • Participants are invited to propose tools, systems or awareness campaigns that could help with improving Hygiene practices.

Workshop:

A series of workshops and seminars will be given to all participants on Saturday the 11th of March. More details on this will be sent by email to the registered teams.

Rubrics:

  • Research: Problem Identification and review of existing solutions.
  • Innovation: Teams are solving the problem in a new way or improving existing solutions.
  • Implementation and Completeness: Costs and Manufacturability of the proposed solution. Is the solution effectively implemented and tested?
  • Relevance: of the solution to the competition topic and its effectiveness toward the local community.
  • Presentation skills: Degree of creativity used in the delivery of the presentation. Message delivery is clear.

Prizes:

Additional prizes will be given by the Rotary Club.

Participants:

Project Name Team size # Teams Space Application deadline Competition date Level
Water conservation and Hygiene Competition Up to 4 One team per school 50X100X80cm in width, height and length (Max). 16/01/2017 20/04/2017 Intermediate and high school

15. Mechatronics Workshop and Competition*

Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are believed to be playing a major role in the future of mankind, The LAU School of Engineering would like to introduce the new Bachelor degree in Mechatronics Engineering by organizing a workshop that helps students understand and experiments with the driving technologies that is behind robotics and AI. In particular the students will learn how to program a microcontroller (computer on a chip) such an Arduino, 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.

The participating students are preferred to have some computer programing knowledge (although not necessary). Students do not need to bring any tools with them. Bring your bright mind!!

The workshop and competition will take place on Saturday March 4 from starting at 9:00am and ending 1:00pm.

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 16/01/2017 March 4 2017 high school

16.    Open Science and Engineering Competitions*

The open competitions allow students to explore their own ideas. The projects are split into 4 categories: The Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering competitions. The projects could be experiments or devices that falls under one of the four categories. Participating students should be ready to set up their projects between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon on Thursday, April 20, 2017. Judges will start their evaluations according the rubric below at 12:30 sharp. Winners will be notified before 4:00 p.m. Schools may participate with one team in each of the 4 categories. Students MUST be able to fully describe the project and replicate parts of it as requested by the judges.

Project Name Team size # Teams Space Application deadline Competition date Level
Open Science and Engineering Competitions Up to 4 One team per school 50X100X80cm in width, height and length (Max). 16/01/2017 20/04/2017 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 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. Message delivery is clear.

Closing Remarks

Your students’ participation is instrumental for the success of this annual event.  Please encourage them to do so.  Enclosed, please find participation forms that must be completed and returned to us by Friday, January 16, 2017.  Sorry, but no projects are accepted if the proper forms are not received on time.  We need the time to organize.  Your cooperation and understanding are appreciated.

All Science awards will be presented on Thursday, April 20, 2017 around 4:00 p.m. and Arts awards will be presented on Friday, April 21, 2017, after the completion of the performances.  Students should be able to leave before 4:30 p.m.  They may take their projects with them when they leave.  Those who did not make it to the semi-finals may take their projects with them on Thursday, April 20, 2017.  All projects that are not taken by their owners will be discarded the week after the Fair.

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

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

Thank you for your participation, and regards,

Mars E. Semaan, Ph.D.    
Dean of Students  
LAU Byblos Campus 
Barbar Aklé, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean, Associate Professor
School of engineering
 Committee Chair

Contact us

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

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

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