|Ms Ada Venter|
TRITECH IS AN EXCITING COMPETITION WITH THE FOLLOWING OBJECTIVES:
- to prepare learners to be informed students, well-equipped for tertiary level education,
- to teach learners how to conduct scientific research,
- to incorporate modern technology in the research,
- to use science and technology in a responsible manner. The learner must therefore be aware of the impact his/her project will have on the environment and/or how it can make the lives of people easier or better, and
- to equip learners to present their projects / ideas to all interested parties.
A. The competition is based on three legs:
1. SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH
Use technology in your project.
It can be:
- The computer – to do research and to assimilate data, build a model, present your project, or
- Mxit or Facebook, or
- Cell phones, or
- GPS’s, etc.
Use any technology / own initiative that will suit your particular project.
3. WHAT IMPACT DOES YOUR PROJECT HAVE ON THE ENVIRONMENT / COMMUNITY?
You must identify a problem in YOUR home environment/ community / family. You must plan your project in such a way that it addresses the problem effectively. By the end of your project you must be able to prove that your project has a positive impact on the environment or community. Motivate why your project is important.
What is your environment / who comprises your community?
Environment: It can be limited to your immediate environment e.g. your garden, school, class, Or extended environment e.g. your town, province, country.
Community: It can be intimate e.g. family, friends, class mates, neighbours, or wider like a farming community, school community, town, country, soccer players, mothers, etc.
B. Requirements for the project:
1. The project may be done either individually or in a group (maximum 2) in which each member has a specific responsibility. You need to provide evidence of each member’s contribution to the success of the project.
2. The visual presentation can be:
– a Powerpoint presentation (if this method is used then a printout is required for the judges), or
– a display board that can stand alone and is a maximum of 1.2m wide.
3. The presentation of the project is limited to a maximum of 10 minutes.
4. You must include the following in your project:
State what the problem is that you intend to solve through your project and name the community you intend to help through your project.
Rephrase your problem as a meaningful and well researched question. The question must be clear, short and “test-able”, including your variables.
State what it is that you intend to do to solve the problem.
Put all the background research you did into your journal and then on your project mention briefly where you found your information to do your project like interviews, questionnaires, articles, etc.
State this in a “If…then…” format, e.g. “If an athlete drinks the energy drink, then he/she will perform better in the 100m race.”.
State clearly what you used to do your experiments or build your design.
Explain point by point how you went about doing it.
Results in table and graph format or model if a design
Interpret your results and display them clearly in tables or graphs.
If you have designed something then a model of your design or detailed drawings of the design and how it will work should accompany your presentation board or Powerpoint.
Interpretation of the results
State what can be deduced from the results of your research.
This needs to relate back to the hypothesis and aim –Will it be of benefit to the community concerned?
Always use your variables when you write your aim, hypothesis and conclusion.
List the technology you used in your project.
It’s a good idea to show on your board/Powerpoint some evidence of your outreach to the community and how your community will benefit from your project.
You should use the heading “References” to acknowledge all the material used and referred to in your assignment. All sources should be arranged alphabetically according to the surname of the author. Remember that you must also acknowledge articles from web pages and oral interviews with people. Visit http://www.nhgs.co.uk/technology/harvard.pdf-microsoft internet explorer to see how it must be done.
Helpful note: Use “References” in the WORD program. Choose “Havard” and complete all info. With the press of a button your Bibliography will be done.
Thank anyone who helped you or gave you ideas for your project.
5. Scientific Journal
The Scientific Journal is a very important record of the development of your project. This journal doesn’t need to be neat but should be handwritten and must show evidence of your own research and thoughts throughout your project. All your interviews, background research, rough data with dates, calculations and interpretation of data should be in the journal. Remember that the journal is not a duplicate of your written presentation. It must accompany your board or powerpoint as it will also be marked by the judges.
6. An abstract is an overview of your project. It is a paragraph without headings, of a maximum of 250 words. The project abstract must appear on the front cover of your journal. Your abstract should include a summary of the introduction, method, results, conclusion and the contribution your project made to the relevant community. Also include 5 keywords at the end of your abstract that could be used to explain the main focus of your project.
1. Judging is done by experts in the various categories of the projects, as well as fellow students who are in the same category as you are.
2. During your presentation you will be presenting your research and findings to the judging panel only once.
3. The following points need to be kept in mind:
- Be enthusiastic.
- Don’t read your speech off your notes – Talk about your project and what you did.
- Make eye contact.
- Don’t use teenage slang.
- Keep your speech to 10 minutes maximum.
- Answer all questions as honestly as possible – if you don’t know, say so!
- Your presentation must be supported by a written report either on a display board or power point or film, etc.
TAKE NOTE: Print your power point presentation in “thumb nail format” if you do not have a board. This must be ready for judges for pre judging and during your presentation.
Medals and prizes will be given during this round for exceptional research. There are huge cash prizes for each category winner in all the sections, as well as prizes for the most innovative project, the best collaboration and the best community project. Bursary candidates will also be identified.
D. Competition and important dates
The competition consists of several rounds where you must present the same project. Between the various rounds you may improve your project.
1. Tritech class presentation
2. Tritech school round
3. Tritech regional round
4. Tritech national science fair
2-4 May - Class presentations
12 May - Last day for Tritech enrollments
23 May - Merensky school round
28 July - Tzaneen regional round
15-16 September - Tritech SA (National Science Fair)
1. Tritech school round: FREE
2. Tritech regional round: 2017 Cost will be announced.
3. Tritech national science fair: 2017 Accommodation arrangements and costs will be announced.