Only for grades 3 through 8 (grade 8 included )(at ISB: Y4 through Y9).
Projects of students will be evaluated in their own age groups.
At most 2 students per project
Language : English or Romanian
The purpose of this category is to prepare students for
scientific research and to encourage them to present their work in
judging session during the competition and in public. Projects in this
category are not aimed to be presented in any international project
competition. It is not necessary to find out or invent something new or
original. Students can select a demonstration from the links given below
or from any other source.They will definitely need the help of an adult
supervisor,such as a teacher or a parent. FirStep encourages
supervisors to focus on developing students’ scientific skills by
investigating a question or problem.
For instance, a simple demonstration to explain concepts in science lessons such as forces, energy, atmosphere , plants, senses, chemicals etc. or to answer questions such as why we have 2 eyes, why the snow is white or why the rain falls in drops rather than gush down etc. can be found from the resources.
Their task is to demonstrate their project,
explain any concept related to any school subject and present it in a
scientific way at Firstep.
Any other website or book can
be used as a resource but keep in mind that you must be able explain any
concept in science lessons or answer a question about an amazing fact
in a scientific way with the demonstration you have selected. Remember
that there are lots of amazing facts in nature around us , you can
select any of them ; as Albert Einstein said : "There are only two ways
to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is
as though everything is a miracle." The emphasis of participation is not only on the development of children’s core scientific skills ; ‘working scientifically’ and ‘designing and making’ but to help them realize and appreciate the beauty that surrounds us.As Henri Poincaré, another pioneer scientist, ,said
: “The scientist does not study nature because it is useful; he
studies it because he delights in it, and he delights in it because it
is beautiful. If nature were not beautiful, it would not be worth
knowing, and if nature were not worth knowing, life would not be worth