Overview of Event Requirements & Guidelines for Coaches

2020 RESEARCH PAPERS,  RESEARCH VIDEO URLs, DEMONSTRATION REPORTS, WEBPAGE CDs, WEBPAGE URLs and LAB PROCEDURES MUST BE SUBMITTED BY:

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

 

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Research Events

  • Your team must select a minimum of one Research Event for team scoring.  The research event must be performed an event team of 2-3 students.

The event team must:

  • Carry out background research about the topic/concept outlined in the event description.
  • Plan and carry out an investigation or develop a model per the event description.
  • Gather at least three (3) primary sources and compile them into a separate reference page.  For help, see: NJCO Part 1 - Using Research Literature and NJCO 2019 - Part 2 - Writing Citations in ACS Style
  • Provide electronic copies of the first three pages of each primary source as evidence they have collected them, and include them as part of their research paper.
  • Write a research paper as outlined in the Event Description, and submit a research report as indicated below. 

RESEARCH REPORT REQUIREMENTS

  • Each team must submit their research reports ELECTRONICALLY.  You will be emailed directly by the NJCO Event Coordinator about information regarding how to submit the papers; we are looking at using a Google Form with upload capability or Google Drive folders for each team.  All reports must be submitted by April 1, 2020.
  • Each team will conduct a short (3-4 minute) presentation about their investigation or model on Event Day. Teams must demonstrate knowledge and show evidence of science and engineering practices.  Encourage students to practice their presentation before event day to ensure timing.

RESEARCH PAPER YOUR TEAM MUST SUBMIT BY APRIL 1, 2020 (BEFORE EVENT DAY) INCLUDES:

For each research event,  submit electronic copies of the research paper per instructions provided by Event Coordinator (pending).

TITLE PAGE, 1 page: Cover page that indicates:  2020 NJ Chemistry Olympics, the event number and name, title of the paper, authors, school, team A or B (if applicable), and URL of the video (if required for the event)

RESEARCH PAPER, up to FIVE (5) pages 1.5-spaced, 12 pt font:  Research paper with proper citations following ACS Style Guidelines (see Help above and Oregon State University Quick Guide: ACS Citation Style.

APPENDIX, Part 1, up to EIGHT(8) pages, 1.5-spaced, 12 pt font: 

  • List of References
  • List of People who provided assistance
  • Intended experimental methods (outlined or numbered form acceptable)
  • Design schematics, labeled pictures of set-ups or models
  • Materials list with a verifiable cost value in terms of supplies

APPENDIX, Part 2, up to NINE (9) pages

  • Electronic copies (scans or clear photos) of the first three pages of each of THREE PRIMARY SOURCES identified and used for background research.
 

General Events

Your team must select at minimum one General Event for team scoring.  Webpage, Demonstration Show, and Information Search Events must be conducted by teams of 2-3 students.  The Nomenclature Event must be conducted by a team of 3 students.

Website Event

  • Team conducts research to gain knowledge and resources about the topic outlined in the event.
  • Team gathers credible sources and develop a separate reference page to clearly identify citations.
  • Team develops website to submit to judges.  See the event description for specific content requirements.  Website should be able to run stand-alone off a CD-Rom (with NO Internet access).  Website should also be published to the Internet and URL submitted to the NJCO Event Coordinator via email by date above.
  • Basic web development using standard HTML coding should be used. No plug-ins allowed.  All
  • (Clarification added)  All HTML code must be put in one file and submitted electronically for text checking.  (concatenate or copy/paste into a single, non-working, HTML file for Turnitin to check)
  • Primary focus of judging is content.  Any plagiarism will be dealt with by disqualification or penalty depending on the exact situation.

Demonstration Show Event

  • Team finds or develops a 3-minute demonstration that addresses the topic and requirements outlined in the event.
  • Team researches / learns about the chemistry behind the demonstration concept.
  • Team prepares a paper to be submitted to judges. See the event description for specific content requirements.
  • Team presents their prepared demo Event Day and answers question set posed by judges to clarify their understanding of the topic.

Chemical Nomenclature Event

  • Team of three students prepares to take a computer-based test on nomenclature.  See the event description for information about the types of substances the test includes.  A practice test is available for students.  
  • Judging is based on the total combined score of the student's individual test scores.

Information Search Event

  • Team chooses a molecule from those listed in the event description to prepare a physical model with required elements to bring to the competition on Event Day.
  • Team prepares to answer questions about their chosen molecule on Event Day.
  • Team prepares to answer information search questions using the Internet on Event Day.

INFORMATION SUBMISSIONS BY APRIL 1, 2020 (BEFORE EVENT DAY) INCLUDE:

WEBSITE EVENT

  • Electronic submission of the HTML files, method pending
  • URL at which their website is publicly accessible (emailed the NJCO Event Coordinator)
  • File names must be consistent per pending instructions.

DEMONSTRATION SHOW EVENT

  • Upload an electronic file of the written report.  Clearly identify in title 2020 NJCO, the school name (Team A or B) and authors.

Lab Events

  • Your team must select at minimum one Lab Event for team scoring.  Lab events must be conducted by teams of 2-3 students.
  • Event Team must acquire or develop a lab procedure to achieve the task described in the event description.
  • Event Team must practice the lab procedure prior to Event Day.  If the judge on Event Day believes that the team has not practiced the procedure, the team will be dismissed and disqualified for that event.
  • Event Team prepares a numbered procedure they will use on Event Day.
  • Event Team may also prepare one 3"x5" index card with information they need for the lab event.  Judges will return a printed copy of the numbered procedures to the team for them to use on Event Day.  Students may not bring any other materials into the lab on Event Day, unless noted otherwise in the event description.

 

2020 RESEARCH PAPERS,  RESEARCH VIDEO URLs, DEMONSTRATION REPORTS, WEBPAGE CDs, WEBPAGE URLs and LAB PROCEDURES ARE DUE TO NJIT BY:

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Any extensions must be PRE-APPROVED by the NJCO Co-directors.  Please email mgulotta@njacs.org