|As with the Help page I am gradually adding more current information to the top of this page. For the most part the older rules and guidelines remain valid.|
|Tutorial Review of Rules Part 1 2014|
|Tutorial Review of Rules Part 2 2014|
|Tutorial Review of Rules Part 3 2014|
|Tutorial Review of Rules Part 4 2014|
|Tutorial Review of Do's and Don'ts Part 1 2014|
Please review material below before you have done too much work on your project.
100% of the project must be hosted on the VSF server. Live links to external sites are not allowed. For example, you video files must be located on the VSF server NOT on YouTube.
Experimental Project teams should review the essential format for an experiment.
Filenames must contain only letters, the underscore, and numbers.
No spaces are allowed.
French accents and other symbols are not allowed in filenames.
The new VSF project server is not case sensitive . But it would still be wise to act as though it was case sensitive and restrict filenames to lower case letters, numerals and the underscore.
Projects are due April 30, 2014 . After April 30, 2014 the accounts will be locked and no further changes to the projects will be possible.
All entries must be authorized by a Teacher and accompanied by a Teacher Registration Number.
All projects must be original student work.
All projects must be hosted on the VSF web server.
All content must be appropriate for a public school.
The decisions of the judges are final.
The winning projects will be retained on the VSF server for future viewing
. Contents of submitted projects may be used for instructional purposes by the VSF.
Each student is allowed on only one project team.
Each project must conform to the rules of the student's school.
Students may enter projects used in prior years if it contains significant (>70%) new content.
Each project must contain a brief (<400 characters ) summary of the project as part of the abstract.
The (Flash/Director/Java) source files must be available for the judges upon request.
A Project Information page must be included. See below...
Project Grade Divisions
|Web Page Specifications (See Checklist Also)|
The top page must be named index.html
VSF Project Checklist - Website
NOTE: The following list was derived from judges' comments and suggestions with respect to past projects. Your website does not necessarily need to conform completely to the checklist. The checklist is a guide to indicate the components and properties of a website that are considered by the judges when making an evaluation. The website component accounts for approximately 50% of the project score.(Top)
Project Information Page (Also Required for Flash or Video Only Projects)
The top page of the project should contain or have a clear link “Project Info” to a page containing the following information:
Grade Category (K-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12)
Team Size (1, 2, 3 to 6, greater than 6)
Subject Area (Physics/Astronomy/Mathematics, Chemistry., Earth/Energy/Environmental Sciences, Engineering/Computer Science, Health/Sport Science.
Project Type (Descriptive, Experimental)
Language (English, French, French and English, First Nations)
A Summary of your project
A description of the Software Tools used.(Webpage Software, Video Software)
A mention of the Hardware Tools used (Scanner, Video Camera)
A mention of the Source of the Idea for the project
A listing of any Awards won for the project
Please include a link to any past VSF project associated with anyone on your team.
Project Checklist - Science Content Component
NOTE: The following is not a definitive listing of criteria used in evaluation of the science content component of the project. But, it does provide some essential items to be included in a project. As well, it describes the characteristics of Experimental and Descriptive Projects. The science content component accounts for approximately 50% of the project score.
The experimental design demonstrates understanding of scientific methods.
Descriptive Project Type I Scientific Research (A Study)
This type is similar to an experimental project. There is a significant gathering and analysis of data. A difference being that the data has been gathered through a study of existing research rather than the result of performing an experiment.
The problem/question to be studied is clearly identified.
Project Type II Report on a Scientific Concept (A Demonstration/Report)
The concept to be reported on is clearly identified.
The problem to be solved is clearly stated.
Other Important Considerations
audio, video and other materials provide evidence of the student’s