Only for grades 3 through 8 (grade 8 included ).
Projects of students will be evaluated in their own age groups.
At most 2 students per project
Language : English or Ukrainian
The purpose of this category is to prepare students for scientific research and to encourage them to present their work in judging session during the competition and in public. Projects in this category are not aimed to be presented in any international project competition. It is not necessary to find out or invent something new or original. Students can select a demonstration from the links given below or from any other source.They will definitely need the help of an adult supervisor,such as a teacher or a parent. FirStep encourages supervisors to focus on developing students’ scientific skills by investigating a question or problem.
For instance, a simple demonstration to explain concepts in science lessons such as forces, energy, atmosphere , plants, senses, chemicals etc. or to answer questions such as why we have 2 eyes, why the snow is white or why the rain falls in drops rather than gush down etc. can be found from the resources.
Their task is to demonstrate their project, explain any concept related to any school subject and present it in a scientific way at Firstep.
During Firtsep competion, the student will do this demonstration,explain the concept in a scientific way with a display board and a research paper ( project report ). More information about how to prepare a display board and research paper can be found in Guide section . This link might be helpful, too : http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project_guide_index.shtml
In Little Scientist category, a detailed research paper is not required ; one like this is enough : http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project_sample_research_paper.pdf
Every student is supposed to prepare and bring with him/her a video of between 2 – 4 min of his/her project with the following conditions:
Any other website or book can be used as a resource but keep in mind that you must be able explain any concept in science lessons or answer a question about an amazing fact in a scientific way with the demonstration you have selected. Remember that there are lots of amazing facts in nature around us , you can select any of them ; as Albert Einstein said : “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” The emphasis of participation is not only on the development of children’s core scientific skills ; ‘working scientifically’ and ‘designing and making’ but to help them realize and appreciate the beauty that surrounds us.As Henri Poincaré, another pioneer scientist, ,said : “The scientist does not study nature because it is useful; he studies it because he delights in it, and he delights in it because it is beautiful. If nature were not beautiful, it would not be worth knowing, and if nature were not worth knowing, life would not be worth living.”