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FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2015

Wheeling High School


Can more than one student work on a single project?  

Yes, up to four students can work together on a project.

Is it possible to enter a project that was already intended to enter a typical science fair?

Yes, with a few adjustments.  In addition to a typical write-up for a science project, the investigators must also address the question: what is the likely positive impact of these findings?  This question should be clearly addressed in writing after the discussion of the findings.  This question should also be addressed in the formal presentation of the project during competition.  

Does the project have to be about a science or engineering topic?

No.  The intent is to identify any issue worthy of study – that is, identify an issue about which the additional knowledge of information or a design of a solution would help improve our world.  That issue should then be investigated in a professional manner using techniques that are appropriate for studying that field.

Several students worked to clean up a neighborhood playground.  That has had a positive impact on our community.

Does this activity meet the intent of the program?

No.  Though the students certainly have had a positive impact, they did not complete an investigation.  The intent is for the students to do original research.

What is the structure of Next Generation Innovators Challenge: Positive Impact (NGIC: PI)? **NEW FOR 2015

The Challenge will consist of 2 parts: an Original Research Competition and a Gallery Walk to showcase student innovation.

The Original Research Competition is open to all students who have completed an original research project that has a positive impact on society. Students submit electronic copies of their projects to be reviewed. The top 25 projects will be invited to give a presentation at NGIC:PI in the morning session. The presentations will include 10 minutes of a prepared talk followed by 10 minutes of answering questions from a small group of judges.  Three of these projects will become finalists.  After lunch, the finalists will give their prepared talk to the conference audience.  After their presentation, each student (or group of students) will answer questions from a group of judges offstage. From this, a winner will be declared and prizes will be awarded.

Students who submitted an original research project but were not asked to participate in the top 25 will be invited to participate in the gallery walk, which is a new component to the Challenge.

The Gallery Walk will take place in the morning. The Gallery Walk is open to all students who have completed an original research project, submitted it for the competition, but were not accepted to the top 25. Additionally, students who created a mobile app, a battle bot, or a high mileage car are welcome to showcase their work in the Gallery Walk. This is not a competition, but rather a space for student innovation to be highlighted and shared. As the students, teachers, administrators, and guest judges view the Gallery Walk, they will be able to vote for a project in The Gallery Walk to be awarded "Best in Show". The top 3 projects in the Gallery Walk will be invited to give brief presentations in the afternoon sessions in the theater to further showcase student innovation.  The "Best in Show" Gallery Walk projects will be awarded a prize.  All students who participate in the Gallery Walk are welcome to be part of the audience for the afternoon research competition.

What are the requirements for the paper that must be submitted?

Each project must submit an electronic copy of an original paper that provides the details of the project.  Because the investigations might address topics in diverse fields of study, there is NO specific set format that is mandated for this competition.  The guiding principle is: write a paper appropriate for submission to a professional journal or for professional submission for that field of study.  Even so, it is likely that these topics be addressed, perhaps with different titles (eg, methods instead of procedure or results instead of data), in a different order or arranged in some other fashion:  abstract, acknowledgments, procedure, data, discussion, impact, conclusion, reference list.  The rubrics provided in the link at the top of the page can serve as a guide for what components must be included in the paper.  The rubric can also be accessed by clicking here.  There is, however, a size limitation: a maximum of 40 pages, double-spaced, one-inch margins, Times size 12 font.

How do I submit my paper?

Paper must be submitted by March 12, 2015 @11:59 CST.  Electronically submit your paper using the following link:

NGIC: Positive Impact Paper Submission

Please submit PDF files only.  Title your paper Schoolname FirstinitialLastname (example: Wheeling tmcintire)

If your project is selected, we will provide a copy of your paper to each of the judges in your judging group.  However, it is recommended that you also bring at least one copy with you on April 10th.

I wrote a paper for entry in the IJAS Science Fair competition.  Can I submit that paper?

Generally, yes -- with the understanding that the typical science fair paper does not consider the impact the knowledge gained from the investigation might have.  If you add to your science fair paper to address this impact, it is likely you will not have to adjust your paper in any other significant way.

We designed our study without thinking about the impact.  Very few people are likely to feel any effects of what we learned.  Can we submit an entry anyhow?

Absolutely yes!  However, do not limit your thinking to who WILL feel the impact and what the impact WILL be – consider the POSSIBLE impact your work COULD have.

What materials should the competitors bring on the day of the competition?

Competitors should bring a laptop containing their visuals that accompany their presentation, their laptop power cord, and any adapters necessary to be able to connect to a VGA cable (the VGA cable will be on site).   Each project will have a table already set up to use. Each table will have a power cord.  The 3 finalist presentations in the afternoon present in an auditorium setting, connecting computers at a podium and having their presentation shown on a screen.  Students are NOT to use presentation boards.  Physical products used or created during the investigatory design process are NOT to be brought to the competition.  Evidence of physical products should be included electronically in project summary, written documentation, and presentation.

How should the presentation be organized?

It is easiest to think of the presentation as having three parts.  About one-third of the time should be devoted to explaining the design of the project, about one-third should be spent discussing the results, and about one-third should highlight how this new knowledge could have a positive impact on the world.  Rubrics for scoring are located in the links at the top of the page or by clicking here.

How long does the event last?

While the details are still being refined, it appears that registration will begin at 8:15  am, the first session will begin at 8:45 am, and the last session will finish by 4:00 pm.

Is there a schedule for the event?  **NEW FOR 2015

A detailed schedule will be released closer to the event date. Here is a general overview of what the day will look like:

8:15 - 8:45   Registration

8:45 - 9:00 Opening Remarks, Keynote Address in the Theater

9:30 - 11:30 Semifinalists present and are judged in the gym, Gallery Walk in main hallway

11:30 - noon Public viewing in the gym (all are welcome)

12:15 - 1:00 Lunch

1:15 - 2:15 Presentations by three NGIC: Positive Impact finalists and 3 "Best in Show" Gallery Walk participants  in the Theater

2:15 - 4:00 Innovation Presentations in Theater, NGIC: Positive Impact winners announced

May students attend the event without a faculty supervisor?  

No.  All student attendees must have a faculty supervisor on site throughout the event.

How will the faculty supervisors and school representatives spend their time? **NEW FOR 2015

Only students and the competition officials will be allowed in the presentation area for the research competition during the morning semi-finals.  During that time, adult visitors (sponsors/coaches, teachers, parents...) will be able to view the projects in the Gallery Walk and will be able to vote for "Best in Show".  These visitors will also be able to talk with the semi-finalists when the projects are on public display -- just before lunch.  These visitors are also invited to be part of the audience during the presentations of the finalists in the afternoon.    See the event schedule for times and details.  All guests must, however, register in advance.

Can non-presenting students attend the event?

Certainly.  They would not be able to be in the presentation area during the morning semi-finals, but they would be able to view the Gallery Walk in the morning, talk with the semi-finalists when the projects are on public display, have lunch, and be part of the audience during the presentations of the finalists in the afternoon.  See the event schedule for times and details.  They must, however, register in advance.

Can parents attend the event?

Certainly.  They would not be able to be in the presentation area during the morning semi-finals, but they would be able to view the Gallery Walk in the morning, talk with the semi-finalists when the projects are on public display, have lunch, and be part of the audience during the presentations of the finalists in the afternoon.  See the event schedule for times and details.  They must, however, register in advance.

Will there be time for lunch?

The timeline for the day is extremely tight.  To save time, lunch will be provided at Wheeling High School.  Student attendees will eat in an area adjacent to the presentation rooms.  Faculty sponsors and school representatives attending the conference will eat in a conference room.

Must students stay the entire day?

Attendees will not be locked into the building.  However, it is the intent of this event that all attendees will remain with the event throughout the entire conference.  The afternoon activities are planned so that they will hold interest for students whether or not they are finalists in the competition.

Will prizes be awarded?

Yes.  Semi-finalists will each receive a certificate.  Finalists will each receive a medal or plaque.  The first, second and third place projects will receive $500, $300, and $200 scholarships respectively. In addition, those top three projects will receive matching prizes for their schools.  So, for example, the students for the second place project will receive a $300 scholarship (if one student is involved, that student receives a $300 scholarship; if two students worked on the project, each student will receive a $150 scholarship; if it is a three-student project, then each student will receive a $100 scholarship) AND the school will receive $300.

When is the registration deadline?  

March 12, 2015 @11:59 CST (Please note: Registering and submitting your paper online is only part of the process.  Payment of $30 per person must also be received by March 12, 2015 @11:59 CST). More details about payment may be found in the Registration Form.

How do I register?

Register by clicking here (must be completed by March 12, 2015 @11:59 CST).

Do the contestants have any responsibility for providing judges for the competition?

No.  We will take care of all of the people power for running the event.

Whom should I contact for additional information?   

For more information about NGIC:  POSITIVE IMPACT, contact one of us:

Barry Hanrahan, barry.hanrahan@d214.org (847) 718-7086

Tim McIntire, timothy.mcintir@d214.org (847) 718-7364

Rebecca Kinnee, rebecca.kinnee@d214.org (847) 718-7315

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