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The 1st Annual Arts & Sciences Fair- Beirut- May 13th

Dear school officials,

For the first year, LAU Beirut will hold an Arts & Sciences Fair for secondary level students (grades 10 & 11). 

Place: LAU Beirut Campus 
Date: Tuesday, May 13th, 2014
Deadlines:
Friday, March 14th, 2014:  The Short Story or Essay competition application
Tuesday, April 1st, 2014: All other applications

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

Please abide by the set deadlines and requirements. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Arts and Sciences Fair Committee

Science Competitions 

1. Physics Knowledge Contest:

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

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

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

2. General Chemistry Contest:

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

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

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

3. Low Calorie Dishes:

Lebanon is famous for the richness of its cuisine which is abundant in starchy food items, whole grain, fruits, vegetables, fresh fish and seafood, poultry and meat. It also includes garlic and olive oil and is often seasoned by lemon juice. Herbs and spices are used and the freshness of ingredients is important. Like most Mediterranean countries, much of what the Lebanese eat is dictated by the seasons. Many Lebanese traditional meals such as kebbe, manoushe and baklava are fattening. Due to the recent increase in health awareness and the demand for low calorie food items, substituting high-calorie ingredients with low-calorie and/or healthy ones is growing. The challenge remains in preserving the organoleptic (sensory) quality of the dishes resulting from the modified recipes.

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

Competition Information: 
Students who want to participate in this competition will have to cook a total of 6 dishes. They will have to cook 3 original Lebanese dishes (1 main meal, 2 desserts) and then cook the low calorie version of these dishes. The low calorie dishes should include low-calorie ingredients as a substitute for the high-calorie ones without negatively affecting the sensory properties of the dish. Along with creating these dishes, either a brochure or poster or some sort of visual display should be created to explain all the substitutions that were made and the reasons behind them.

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

Evaluation Criteria:
A panel of judges will taste a small portion of the food based on a set list of criteria they have created. Their vote will qualify for 75% of the decision for the final winner. The remaining 25% of the vote will be based on LAU students. The university students will have a chance to taste all the foods and pick the winner.

4. Health Awareness:

Every day, there is new information in the media about what to eat to improve our health. How can we identify the truth from the advertising of a new product for commercial gain? As consumers get more and more confused about which foods are best for them, the answer is really quite simple: our food needs to be as fresh, whole and unprocessed as possible! Food related diseases are all over the place. What a mother eats during pregnancy has an effect on her unborn baby’s health as well as her own, so she must choose wisely. Helping people achieve long, happy, healthy lives certainly is a compelling reason to foster health and nutrition awareness.

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

Competition Information:
The project involves selecting a nutritional or food related issue that is of prime interest to the Lebanese population and designing a display (posters, food models …) to discuss its prevalence, causes, prevention, and treatment. Examples include trans-fats, obesity among teens and breastfeeding. In addition to the display, a brochure has to be created and distributed to students that pass by the stands to increase their awareness on the subject.

Materials:
Students are asked to bring their own material for the demonstration on the day of the contest.

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Originality of idea
  • Visual characteristics of display
  • Quality of scientific knowledge
  • Oral explanation

5. Website Development Competition:

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

Competition Information:
Students who want to participate in this competition will have to develop a website. The website should be interactive and include features such as uploading documents, downloading files, video playing, message sending, searching, user profile updates, login and more. Competitors should have the entire configuration needed for their projects ready on their laptops or personal sites. The selected teams will be given 10-15 minutes on the day of the fair to present the features of their website, on their laptops, and answer jury questions.

After all the applications have been submitted, semi-finalists will be chosen and notified through their respective schools. These students will come and display their work on the day of the fair. They must submit their projects to the attention of Ms. Christina Bouri no later than 3:30 pm on Tuesday, May 6th, 2014.

Materials:
Students are asked to bring their own laptops on the day of the fair to be able to present their websites.

Evaluation Criteria:

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

6. Mathematical Games:

Team Requirements:

Either one team or more composed of no more than five students per school may participate. The team should be a combination of 10th and 11th grade students. If more than one team is participating the games should be of different types. Updated!

Competition Information:
Students should create a game involving prime numbers. The invented game can either be a board game, computer game, or video game. The game may be for one user or multiple players. Competitors should have all the configurations needed for their projects ready on either their laptops or personal sites. Students will be given a maximum of 10-15 minutes on the day of the presentation to present their final project. They should be able to respond to the jury’s enquiries about their game.

Materials:
Students are asked to bring their projects and their own material for demonstration on the day of the contest.

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Mathematical validity
  • Creativity
  • Feasibility
  • Authenticity

Art, Language & Social Science Competitions 

1. Short Story or Essay:

Team Requirements:
Each school can send only two participants; one for English and one for Arabic.

Competition Information:
The participant will choose to write either an essay or a short story in either English or Arabic. The topic to write about will be provided to the students during the contest. Short stories should range between 1000-1500 words and essays should not exceed 1000 words.

The contest will take place on Saturday, March 29th, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Nicol Hall. Finalists will be notified through their respective schools to attend the award ceremony on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014.

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

2. Visual Arts Exhibition:

Students who would like to participate in the visual arts contest must fill out an application form along with a photograph of the project that they want to submit. After all the applications are submitted, the semi-finalists will be chosen and notified through their respective schools. They will be asked to come display their work on campus on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014. The semi-finalists who will be chosen to display their work must send their projects to LAU - Beirut to the attention of Ms. Christina Bouri no later than 3:30 p.m. on Friday, May 9th, 2014. Paintings should not exceed 70 x 60 cm in height and width. Sculptures should not exceed 50 x 50 x 60 cm in height, width and depth.

Team Requirements:
Each school will be allowed to send 2 pre-selected students (one from each grade level) to submit 1 project in each category.

Categories:
They may submit a project in one of the following arts categories:

  • Painting
  • Sculpture

3. Community Survey and Service:

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

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

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

After asking and answering these questions, the students will have to come up with one or more service or services needed by the community to alleviate or solve these problems. They will propose a creative solution that is realistic and can be implemented. After all applications have been sent in, semi-finalists will be selected and notified through their respective schools. They will be paired with an LAU student (Social Work Department) who will advise them as they carry out their needs assessment. On the day of the fair, students will come and explain their ideas in a 1-2 minute presentation in either English or Arabic. The entire community survey can also be carried out in either Arabic or English.

Methods of Presentation:

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

Students must be present for a workshop that will provide them with the guidelines required for public speaking and teach them how to pitch their ideas to the public. The workshop will be held on Saturday, April 5th, 2014 from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm in Wadad Said Khoury Student Center (WKSC), room 201.

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

Evaluation Criteria:
A panel of judges will have a 75% say in the decision of the final winner. The remaining 25% of the vote will be based on LAU students. The university students will have a chance to listen to the different community service ideas and sign up for the one they most like.

4. Schools Got Talent:

Team Requirements:
Each school can apply to one category.

Competition Information:
Group Dancing:  Every school can participate with one group of dancers (4 to 8 students – combination of 10th and 11th graders).  The students will select and bring their own music (on a CD), costumes, accessories and must prepare their own choreography. The dance performance can neither be traditional nor folk. The dance performance should not exceed 5 minutes.

Group Singing: Every school can participate with one choir composed of (4 to 8 students – combination of 10th and 11th graders). The students will select their own song and bring the necessary music (on a CD) with them. Each group will only be allowed to sing one song.

Musical Group: Every school can participate with only one group of performers (4 to 8 students - combination of 10th and 11th graders).  The students will have to create music by using ordinary materials, without the use of any musical instruments. The students will select and bring their own materials. The musical show should not exceed 5 minutes.

Individuals participating in team activities will be required to abide by the set time limit or their performances will be cut short.

Students must be present for a mandatory rehearsal on Saturday, May 10th, 2014 from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm in Gulbenkian Theater.

Important Dates & Deadlines

2014 Application Deadlines  Competition Day  Project Deadline  Workshops/
Rehearsal 
Awards Ceremony
Physics Knowledge  Tuesday, April 1st Tuesday, May 13th      Tues., May 13th 
General Chemistry Contest Tuesday, April 1st Tuesday, May 13th      Tues., May 13th 
Low Calorie Dishes Tuesday, April 1st Tuesday, May 13th      Tues., May 13th 
Health Awareness Tuesday, April 1st Tuesday, May 13th      Tues., May 13th 
Website Development Competition Tuesday, April 1st Tuesday, May 13th  3:30 p.m. Tues., May 6th  WKSC 419   Tues., May 13th 
Mathematical Games Tuesday, April 1st Tuesday, May 13th      Tues., May 13th 
Short Story or Essay Friday, March 14th 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., Saturday, March 29th, Nicol Hall      Tues.y, May 13th 
Visual Arts Exhibition  Tuesday, April 1st Tuesday, May 13th  3:30 p.m. Fri., May 9th WKSC 419   Tues., May 13th 
Community Survey and Service  Tuesday, April 1st Tuesday, May 13th    10 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 5th, WKSC  201 Tues., May 13th 
Schools’ Got Talent 
Cancelled!
Tuesday, April 1st
Cancelled!
Tuesday, May 13th
Cancelled! 
Cancelled! 10 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 10th, Gulbeknian Theater 
Cancelled!
Tues., May 13th 
Cancelled!

Competition Schedule & General Information NEW!

  • Entrance: Entry into campus can begin as early as 8:30 am. Buses must drop students and chaperones off at either the Upper or Lower gate and then return to pick them up. Entry from the Business Building will be redirected to one of the other two gates.
  • ID: All students must carry proper identification to be able to enter LAU. Entrance will be prohibited without identification.
  • On-site Registration: All schools must pass by the Registration Desk (at either the upper or lower gate) to pick up a survey, brochure and coupons for lunch. Lunch will be served between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm in front of Irwin Hall.  Students will need to exchange their coupons for food.                                       
  • Directions:  Each competition has been assigned a color.  Students can follow the colored balloons across campus to reach their scheduled event.
  • Awards Ceremony: The Awards Ceremony will take place at 4:00 pm in Fine Arts. Students can leave at the end of the ceremony.  All students are expected to take their belongings with them upon their departure. Any left items will be discarded.
  • Smoking: Smoking is strictly forbidden on campus.
  • Event Schedule: The timings and locations of the various competitions are found in the schedule below.  Please bring all the materials you need with you for the competitions. 

    Competition

     

    Location

     

    Time

    General Chemistry  Contest

    Irwin Hall 10:00 am – 11:30 am 
    Physics Knowledge Contest

     

    Irwin Hall 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
    Low Calorie Dishes

     

    Fine Arts 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
    Health Awareness

     

    Fine Arts 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
    Community Survey and Service

     

    Fine Arts 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
    Visual Arts Exhibition

     

    Fine Arts 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
    Schools’ Got Talent

     

    Fine Arts  3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
    Website Development

     

    BB 903 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    Mathematical Games

     

    Nicol 209 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Closing Remarks

Enclosed is a participation form that must be completed and returned to the attention of Ms. Christina Bouri by Tuesday, April 1st, 2014. The same application form will be uploaded on the website and can be filled out and returned by e-mail. No projects will be accepted if the proper forms are not received on time. Punctuality is of the utmost importance so that we have the necessary time needed to plan a successful event. Your cooperation and understanding are appreciated.

 

Students should be able to leave by 4:30 p.m. Students will be expected to take their projects with them when they leave campus. Anything left on campus after 5:00 p.m. will be disposed of.

All awards will be presented on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 after the completion of the performances. All winners will be given medals. First place winners will also be awarded cash prizes. Each winning team member will receive a $150 cash prize. Each school will also be awarded a memorabilia for its participation and each student a participation certificate. We expect that all school representatives be available on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 to receive the certificates for their students, as well as the participation memorabilia. Towards the end of the ceremony two ‘School of the Year’ awards one for Arts and one for Sciences will be awarded.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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