High School Science Competition 2011

It is the International Year of Chemistry and the main goal of this year is to promote chemistry and raise its awareness in our day-to-day lives as well as to inform the younger generation of how significant this science is. And as a celebration of this year, we are holding a High School Science Competition!

If you are a creative and passionate team of high school students who are interested in chemistry (and/or science in general!), please take part in our High School Science Competition 2011! You are also welcome to take part as spectators if not as contestants and view others' entries and get a better understanding of chemistry's involvement in our day-to-day lives as well as meeting other motivated students and knowledgeable faculty.

This is a two-part competition! Some brief event information is stated below. (Please be sure to read the relevant documents below for detailed information).

Part 1 - Science Showcase

Date: Friday, November 4, 2011
Time: 4:30-6:30pm
Place: Mississauga Valley Community Centre,
Program Room 1
1275 Mississauga Valley Blvd.
Mississauga, Ontario L5A 3R8
Description:

Each group will give a science fair type presentation over a two hour time to showcase chemistry to the public in Mississauga. This presentation can be in the form of PowerPoint, posters or even demonstrations. The object of the showcase is to promote your works on the topic to the public and increase the awareness of chemical sciences.

Each audience member in attendance will vote for the top three presentations. At the end of voting, the group with the most votes will be rewarded 10 points, the 2nd and 3rd place teams will be respectively awarded 9 and 8 points. The rest of the teams are given 6 points to advance to the second part of the competition at the University of Toronto Mississauga. As for the prizes, the total points for part 1 and 2 will be combined to determine the winner.

Part 2 - Science Appreciation Night

Date: Thursday, November 10, 2011
Time: 5-7:30pm
Place: University of Toronto Mississauga Campus,
3359 Mississauga Road North, Mississauga, ON
Kaneff Building KN 137
Description:

The Science Appreciation Night is the second part of the competition. In this part, each student group will give a 5-10 minute presentation PowerPoint or video on their research topic and the judges will evaluate each group based on the marking scheme stated in 'Rules and Regulations'. Faculty from the Department of Chemical and Physical Science will act as the judges. After the presentation, there will be a 'questions' period where the student group will be allowed to answer questions from the judges.

How do I apply?

Please fill out the Application Form (you can save by right-clicking and selecting 'Save Target As'), and submit to us by email at ecpsutm@gmail.com. Please submit the form before the deadline which is on October 7th, 2011. There is a $5.00 team admission fee that every participating team must pay at the Science Showcase (November 4, 2011).

What are the Rules and Regulations?

Please view the rules and regulation for the High School Competition 2011 by reading through the document titled 'Rules' (you can save by right-clicking and selecting 'Save Target As').

What does taking part involve?

Contestants will have to make a presentation about a topic, its chemistry, and how it affects our daily life competing against other groups from a possible of 35 high schools around Mississauga. Teams will consist of 3-4 high school students. There is an admission fee of $5.00 dollars per team. Food and refreshments will be served on the day of the showcase and The Mississauga News will be attending!

There will be prizes for the winning teams as well as a Certificate of Recognition given for competing. The first place prize is a $100 gift card to Square One, $50 gift card for second place, and $25 gift card for third place.

What should my topic be?

“How does chemistry affect a human being's daily life?” Answer this question with one of the specific objects/phenomena from the list below that involves chemistry in our daily lives.

The student group is asked to research for the following information regarding the topic selected:

  • The chemistry about the object/phenomena
  • History
  • Possible Future
  • How these object/phenomena affect human-beings?
  • Any interesting facts about the chemistry involved

Possible objects/phenomena to conduct project on:

  • Pop Cans
  • Battery
  • Table salt
  • Energy saving light (fluorescence)
  • Gasoline/Ethanol
  • Air conditioner
  • Tires
  • Ink
  • Soap
  • Plastic bottles (polymers/BPA)
  • Energy Drinks
  • Toothpaste
  • Alcohol
  • Coins
  • Carbonated Drinks
  • Pesticides / herbicides
  • Hair spray/ gel
  • Water (ice, liquid, etc.)
  • T-shirt printing
  • Over the counter drugs (eg. Ibuprofen, acetaminophen)

How will we be judged?

Each audience member in attendance at the Science Showcase (first part of the competition on November 4, 2011) will vote for the top three presentations. At the end of voting, the group with the most votes will be rewarded 10 points, the 2nd and 3rd place teams will be respectively awarded 9 and 8 points. The rest of the teams are given 6 points to advance to the second part of the competition at the University of Toronto Mississauga. As for the prizes, the total points for part 1 and 2 will be combined to determine the winner.

The Science Appreciation Night is the second part of the competition (on November 10, 2011). In this part, each student group will give a 5-10 minute presentation PowerPoint or video on their research topic and the judges will evaluate each group based on the marking scheme below. Faculty from the Department of Chemical and Physical Science will act as the judges. After the presentation, there will be a 'questions' period where the student group will be allowed to answer questions from the judges.

How can I sponsor the competition?

If you are a company or group that is interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Najma Aryan, Event Coordinator of ECPS at (647)773-7684 or ecpsutm@gmail.com.

There are few ways you can contribute, either by becoming a sponsor or if you'd like or by kindly assisting in advertising this event to the public! Sponsoring this event will benefit you in many ways. You can make your company or group well known to university students at undergraduate and graduate levels as well as to students and parents of the high school contestants of this event!

We do offer a few sponsorship levels as well as a donation option for any amount desired (please see our 'Sponsorship Package' document for more information).

Relevant Documents

Application Form - Submit your application using this form. Remember the deadline is October 7th, 2011.
Formal Invitation - View our formal invitation to take part in our High School Competition 2011. Please show this to your teachers or Science Department Head at your high school.
Rules - Please read about the rules and regulations of the competition.
Sponsorship Package - If you are looking to become a sponsor for the competition, please read more details in this document.

Any Questions?

If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact us at ecpsutm@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

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  • To assist students in their academic achievements
  • To facilitate interaction and enhance positive relationship between the students and the faculty as well as between undergraduate students and graduate students
  • To increase the awareness of chemical and physical sciences into the general public

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