Congratulations!!

Your participation in the Science Quest 2019 will give you the opportunity to get into the shoes of Scientists. Think of the aspects of your life at school or in your locality that need improvement. How can you use Science and Technology to make your life better? Set up a team and work under the guidance of your supervisor. While working, think about how your friends at school or how people in your locality could benefit from your actions.

Prizes

Certificates: All finalists and their Supervising Teachers will receive a Certificate of Participation.

Prizes for Participants: Winning teams of each category will be awarded prizes as follows:

  • Gold Prize: Rs 20 000 + Shield
  • Silver Prize: Rs 15 000 + Shield
  • Bronze Prize: Rs 10 000 + Shield
  • Two Merit Prizes each of Rs 4000

  • Prizes for Supervising Teachers/Mentors:

  • Gold Prize: Rs 4000 + certificate
  • Silver Prize: Rs 3000 + certificate
  • Bronze Prize: Rs 2000 + certificate
  • Two Merit Prizes each of Rs 1000
  • Important Dates

    15 February 2019- Deadline for Online Registration-Submit Entry Forms and Project Proposal Form
    15 March 2019-Screening and Nominations
    March-May 2019-Work on Project
    16 May 2019- Online Submission of Project Report
    End of May 2019- Finals and Prize Giving

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    INTRODUCTION

    The Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre (RGSC) is mandated to promote Science and Technology among the population and to supplement school education using a non-formal approach. In this context, RGSC is launching the 6th edition of the Science Quest.
    The Science Quest 2019 is a project-based science competition that requires students to use Science and Technology in a systematic and innovative manner to address a problem that they face at school, at home or in the community. This will ultimately empower them to develop a sense of responsibility and become pro-active citizens.

    AIM & OBJECTIVES

    AIM: The aim of the competition is to raise awareness among students and encourage them to apply Science and Technology to make our life better.

    OBJECTIVES

    1. Encourage students to use Science and Technology and the scientific method in a constructive and innovative manner.
    2. Enable students to devise strategies to deal with a specific problem by working in a team.
    3. Give students an opportunity to develop their research, communication and problem solving skills.
    4. Develop creativity and innovation among young people.

    WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

    The contest is open to secondary school students of Mauritius as follows:

    • Category 1: Grade 7, 8 and 9
    • Category 2: Grade 10 and 11
    • Category 3: Grade 12 and 13
    • or equivalent
    Participants should work in teams of FOUR Students under the guidance of ONE Supervising Teacher/Mentor. Each school may submit a maximum of TWO projects per category.

    TOPIC

    Participants are free to choose any topic or theme for their projects as long as they use Science and Technology to improve their life at school, at home or in their locality. Students are encouraged to conduct scientific investigations, experiments, conduct awareness campaigns, surveys, construct models etc

    ASSESSMENT

    The Project Report, the Oral presentations and the display will be assessed by a panel of judges. Projects should be:

    1. Creative and Innovative.
    2. Make appropriate use of
      Science and Technology.
    3. Implemented at School/community or have the potential to be implemented.
    The decision of the Jury will be FINAL.

    HOW TO PARTICIPATE?

    15 February 2019
    Step 1: Online Registration Interested teams of a Maximum of four students have to register online through the RGSC website on:rgsc.govmu.org

    15 March 2019
    Step 2: Screening and Nominations All entries will be screened by the jury and the best projects will be retained for the next stage. The nominees will be required to go ahead with the project to be presented during the finals. By 15 March 2019 RGSC will inform those who have been selected for the finals.

    March-May 2019
    Step 3: Work on the project Participants of selected projects have to work on their project, write their project report and prepare for the exhibition.

    16 May 2019
    Step 4: Online Submission of Project Report The project report is a brief of the project, maximum 10 pages A4 format, written in English or French. It should clearly state the problem under investigation, the purpose of the project, interpretation and conclusion.

    End May 2019
    Step 5: Finals and Prize Giving Finalists will present their projects to the Jury and to the public through an exhibition. Participants should make an oral presentation of a maximum of 5 minutes and answer two queries from the judges. Each team will be provided with a display board of 1.2m x 1.2m and a table.

    Rules and Regulations

    1. Each team should consist of 4 participants working under the supervision of ONE Supervising Teacher.

    2. Participants may involve their classmates while working on the project but only the FOUR team members can present the project.

    3. Participants may take the help of guides/mentors/scientists/resource persons/parents. The help received should be acknowledged in the Project Report.

    4. When human beings are involved, students should take their permission before publishing their names and photos in their project diaries and/or presentations.

    5. Experiments with human beings or animals are not allowed.

    6. Students should always conduct experiments under the supervision of an adult or their supervising teacher.

    7. The project should be an original work of the team.

    8. Participation in the 'Science Quest' permits reasonable use of the names and photos of the participants, releasing the RGSC from any and all claims liabilities and/or damages arising directly or indirectly out of their participation.

    9. Models/posters and other visual aids displayed during the finals will be disposed of by RGSC if not collected within 30 days after the finals.

    10. Projects which will use or produce hazardous chemicals gases without proper safety precautions will be disqualified.

    11. Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre will not provide funding for the project.

    12. Plagiarism will be penalised.

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    Science Quest 2018

    General Guidelines

    1. How to identify a project?

    Look carefully around you in your classroom, in your school yard or in your village/locality. Together with your supervising teacher, discuss and come up with ideas together with your friends, parents and at school. You may ask the following questions:

  • Do students eat properly at school or at home?
  • How can you make your school environment better?
  • What problems do you face while coming to school or at school?
  • Does the school infrastructure need improvement?


    2. Gather Information

    Look for information about the topic you choose. You may use books, magazines, the internet, newspapers, etc. You may also discuss with scientists, doctors or other resource persons. You are encouraged to keep a log book where you will record the details of what you did each day. This will help you while writing your project report.


    3. Project Title

    Once you have identified the problem you want to solve, give a title to your project. Some examples of project types

  • A low cost water purifier.
  • Reducing vector borne diseases in the locality.
  • Automatic greenhouse.
  • A new mobile phone application for disabled people at school.

  • Some themes in Science and Technology that you may explore to help you choose a project tile:

  • Biology, Biotechnology and other Biosciences
  • Chemistry
  • Energy and Sustainable Development
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Environment and Marine Sciences
  • Health and Nutrition
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Other Science and Technology related themes

  • 4. Why are you doing the project?

    What do you hope to achieve through your project?
    How can your project make life at school better?


    5. What actions are you going to take?

    Take necessary action to complete your project. Break-down your projects into small and important tasks to make it successful (e.g survey, talk by resource persons, site visits, designs and experimentation, constructions, conduct experiments, etc.).


    Make a list of the following:

  • The small tasks that you need to do.
  • When are you going to complete each task?
  • What experiments are you going to conduct? Remember, you SHOULD ALWAYS conduct experiments under adult supervision.
  • Surveys, interviews and discussions conducted.
  • Places that you have visited (if any) so as to understand things better.
  • Will resource persons come to talk to your friends at school to sensitize them?
  • What are you going to measure? (weight, length, time taken, etc.)
  • Who is going to help you? (Example the school gardener, the headmaster, parents)
  • Name of institutions/people who will help you with your project.

  • 6. Record your observations/results

    Write about your results in an organised and systematic manner. Perform calculations if needed.


    7. Interpret your results

  • Does your project have a positive or negative impact on your friends?
  • How far has your project been successfully implemented?

  • 8. Conclusion

  • How your project has made a change in your environment.
  • What difficulties have you faced while working on your project?
  • In what way can you improve your project?

  • Guidelines to write the project proposal

    Your project proposal should include the following:

  • Introduction
  • Aims and Objectives
  • Proposed Methods/Experiments/Materials used
  • Expected Outcomes

  • Guidelines to write the project report

    The Project Report should be the work of the participants. It should describe why and how you have done the project and what has been achieved through the project.

  • The Project Report will be a maximum of 10 Pages, A4 format, and may include pictures, drawings, charts etc.
  • It should clearly state the problem under investigation, the purpose of the project, the methods adopted (the use of Science and Technology), the results obtained, the interpretation of results and conclusion. It is strongly advised that you use the following guidelines to complete your Project Report.

  • The Project Report should contain the following information:
    1. Introduction (About 1 page)

    Your project proposal should include the following: The introduction describes the current situation. What is the actual situation at school or in your locality? What do you wish to change about it? Identify the problem that you want to solve.

    2. Purpose of the project (About half a page)

    State the Aims and Objectives of the project. Why is the project being done? What main action you will take to complete the project?

    3. Methods (About 2 pages)

  • What step by step actions have been taken to make the project successful?
  • What experiments have you conducted?
  • What measurements have you taken?
  • Has any survey, discussions or interviews been done?
  • Have you visited any specific places?
  • 4. Results (About 2 pages)

  • What has been the outcome of your experiments, visits, discussions etc?
  • Did you take any measurement? Record your results.
  • Do not hesitate to use tables, charts, graphs, drawings or pictures to illustrate your results.
  • Did any Resource Person come to talk to your friends at school?
  • How have they helped you?
  • What did you find during your site visits?
  • 5. Results (About 2 pages)

  • What have you found through your project?
  • What do your results show?
  • How has your project made an impact on your health/environment?
  • How has your school or friends benefitted from your project?
  • 6. Conclusion (About 1 page)

  • How your project has made a change in your environment.
  • What difficulties have you faced while working on your project?
  • In what way can you improve your project?
  • 7. References (About 1 page)

    A list of books, magazines, websites that you have consulted.

    8. Acknowledgement (About half page)

    Name the people who have helped you in your project. How did they contribute to make your project successful?

    Guidelines for Oral Presentation

  • Pupils are encouraged to give their presentation in English or French.
  • The Presentation should last a maximum of 5 minutes.
  • The Presentation should describe the project in a clear and logical sequence.
  • Visual Aids should be used properly.
  • The following support may be used:

  • Visual Aids such as displays, posters, drawings, models, etc.
  • Computer programmes such as powerpoint. However, RGSC will not provide any computers.
  • Or any other support.
  • The presentation should last a maximum of 5 minutes.
    After that, participants will answer queries from the judges