Szabó Szabolcs Natural Sciences Challenge Cup

Criteria for evaluating preliminary task and poster presentation

Criteria for evaluating a preliminary task

  • Science: the scientific accuracy of texts and figures
    • points to be awarded: 0-10 points
  • Wholeness, interdisciplinarity: completeness of the introduction of the phenomenon, how much it approaches the question from several branches of science
    • points to be awarded: 0-3 points
  • Clarity: how transparent is the poster, how easy it is to find the main messages
    • points to be awarded: 0-3 points
  • Structure: the extent to which the presentation of the phenomenon is traceable, logically structured, coherent
    • points to be awarded: 0-10 points
  • Visual appearance: quantity and relevance of pictures and charts, referencing in the text, readability of text; creativity and aesthetics
    • points to be awarded: 0-3 points
  • Curiosity: exciting presentation of the phenomenon and arousing interest in the topic
    • points to be awarded: 0-3 points
  • Language: correct language, expressiveness, style
    • points to be awarded: 0-3 points

Criteria for evaluating the poster presentation

During the presentation of the posters, the jury will evaluate only the performance according to the following criteria:

1. Content Considerations

  • Science: the scientific accuracy and correctness of the texts and illustrations in the presentation
    • points to be awarded: 0-3 points
  • Comprehensibility: the extent to which the phenomenon under study can be understood based on the presentation
    • points to be awarded: 0-3 points
  • Correlation with the poster: the factual material is the same as the poster material, serves as an extract
    • points to be awarded: 0-3 points

2. Rhetoric

  • The structure of the performance: divided into logical units, among which there is a connection
    • points to be awarded: 0-10 points
  • Language, Stylistics: Applying scientific style, understanding and correct use of terms
    • points to be awarded: 0-5 points
  • Volume, speaker stance, speech rate
    • points to be awarded: 0-3 points
  • Elaboration of the presentation: the speaker not only reads it, but talks about it in a coherent way
    • points to be awarded: 0-3 points

Download the evaluation document as PDF.


Preliminary Task

Exercise: Make A0 posters on a given complex Natural Sciences topic.

The stated theme of the 2019-2020’s academic year:

Realization of physical laws in the movement of living things (changing places and position)

We provide some specific topic suggestions, but we are of course very pleased if the contestants come up with a topic themselves:

  • Gekko on the wall
  • Birds
  • Fish swimming, sinking and rising
  • Nautiloids
  • Basiliscus
  • Gorgon
  • Common Water Strider
  • Flying squirrel
  • Kangaroo, grasshopper jump
  • Snake crawling
  • Movement of plants (upward growth, growth towards light, contraction by touch, etc.)
  • Poplar leaf vibration
  • Flight of plant fruits

The most important goal is that the teams present the realization, characteristics and particularities of these organisms in terms of movement from the perspective of multiple natural sciences branches (interdisciplinary processing).

The poster should correspond the following double expectation:

  • raise attention (be well illustrated with pictures and other visuals, text should be short, concise, to the point and readable);
  • informative (not just figures but full textual description of the phenomenon processed and presented).

Formal requirements:

  • Size A0
  • The poster can be made by hand (glued, handmade illustrations, handwritten but legible text), or edited and printed on a computer.
  • The poster should have a title, followed by the name of the creators and the school!
  • Include the literature used

In evaluating the posters, the jury will consider the following aspects:

  • science: the scientific accuracy of texts and figures;
  • wholeness, interdisciplinarity: completeness of the introduction of the phenomenon, how much it approaches the question from several branches of science;
  • clarity: how transparent is the poster, how easy it is to find the main messages;
  • structure :the extent to which the presentation of the phenomenon is traceable, logically structured, coherent;
  • visual appearance: quantity and relevance of pictures and charts, referencing in the text, readability of text; creativity and aesthetics
  • curiosity: exciting presentation of the phenomenon and arousing interest in the topic
  • language: correct language, expressiveness, style

Submitting the poster:

  • The poster must be sent electronically (by sending a photo is acceptable) by the teams by 6 November 2019 to vandorkupa@sz2a.hu;
  • The poster must be brought to the competition and suspended at the space provided, and presented orally within a 5 minute time frame. At this point, the jury will only judge the performance.

Recommended literature for preparation:

 


Preliminary Announcement

Announced by: Foundation for Natural Sciences Education in Memoriam Szabó Szabolcs (http://sz2a.hu/)

Objectives of the competition: Primary school pupils primarily from the countryside and across the border would compete in solving natural sciences problems and challenges.

Participants: Teams of four members, coming from 7th and 8th grade of Hungarian and trans- border schools (Teams must have two seventh and eighth graders and two boys and girls each).

Time: November 15-16, 2019 (Friday and Saturday)

Venue: Kossuth Lajos Primary School, Veszprém (8200 Veszprém, Budapest út 11.)

Expenses:

  • no registration fee
  • expenses of accommodation and meals will be paid by the Foundation
  • with the involvement of sponsors
  • support to travel expenses may be requested

Expected challenges: Students are expected to solve different kinds of problems so that they can amply demonstrate their skills and knowledge.

1. Preliminary challenge: To produce a poster in an interdisciplinary natural sciences topic, which this year is: “manifestation of the laws of physics in the movement of living creatures”. We will provide ideas on the webpage of the competition (http://sz2a.hu/vandorkupa/), but the teams are welcome to develop their own ideas.
The size of the poster should be A0 and prepared by hand or computer. The poster should include the names and school of the authors, and the applied forms. The digital version of the poster (which may also be a photo) will have to be sent by November 6 to vandorkupa@sz2a.hu e-mail address. The posters will have to be brought to the competition. Criterion for the assessment of the posters will be published at http://sz2a.hu/vandorkupa/ , based on which the jury will evaluate the products.

2. Poster presentation: Teams will present their posters at the venue. This time the jury will only evaluate the mode of presentation, based on pre-announced criterion (http://sz2a.hu/vandorkupa/).

3. Written round: Teams will solve problems linked to experiments and interdisciplinary topics, in 90 minutes. Only calculators and periodic tables may be used.

4. Oral round: Students will answer questions in a quiz set-up. In this round, speed is also essential.

We will recommend literature (articles, textbooks) for the preparation on the competition’s webpage (http://sz2a.hu/vandorkupa/).

Preliminary agenda:
November 15, 2019, Friday afternoon and evening: arrival, registration, written round, evening cultural program and fun.
November 16, 2019, Saturday morning: poster presentation, quiz, oral round, announcement of results

We provide accommodation, meals (dinner, breakfast, and lunch), and free time program, for the students and one accompanying teacher.

Awards: The best team will win the Cup until the next round of the Challenge Cup, and the members will receive a prize of a study trip. We will strive to give out awards for each round separately too. Participants may receive gifts of our sponsors. The winner team receives the right to organize the next round of the Szabó Szabolcs Challenge Cup. This is not an obligation, and schools may apply if they are unable to undertake this. However, we would encourage them and give all help and support in organizing the next event.

Preliminary declaration of intent: Applications for the competition will take place in September 2019. We would like to receive preliminary declarations of intent by April 15, 2019, from schools that plan to nominate a team. These can be sent to: vandorkupa@sz2a.hu.

Further information: Will be available on the webpage of the Challenge Cup (http://sz2a.hu/vandorkupa/).

The complete announcement can be downloaded as a PDF file.