Rules

Eligibility requirements

  • All schools in the European Union, candidate countries and EFTA countries are invited to take part.
  • Participating students must be aged 10-20 years old.
  • The age group (10-14 years and 15-20 years) will be taken into consideration for the evaluation, but there will only be one set of awards.
  • All entries must be associated with a school or other recognised educational institution.
  • All entries must be submitted on the portal.
  • Only teams of 2 or 3 students can submit. No entries from individual students will be accepted.
  • Teams can submit as many entries as desired; however, only one per property
  • The deadline is 22 May 2009.

Languages

Only entries in official Xperimania II languages (English, Bulgarian, Dutch, French, Spanish, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovenian and Swedish) are accepted in the competition.

Evaluation process

The evaluation will be carried out in two phases and involve experts from all the participating member states. The jurors will be members of the European Schoolnet office, teachers, representatives of the Ministry of Education (or a corresponding national agency), and experts specialised in subjects relevant to petrochemistry.

Assessment criteria

All evaluators and judges will score projects according to a number of criteria including (but not limited to):

  • Scientific relevance: Scoring will be partly based on the general scientific depth according to the age group, relatedness to the topic, and the quality of experimental setup, observations and conclusions.
  • Design and outline of the contribution: The contribution should have a strong visual impact, a clear and relevant message, and demonstrate an understanding of the addressed themes.
  • Creativity and originality: Contributions should be made by the students and represent and reach the age group. They should demonstrate significant originality and initiative in concept, style, layout and design.

The judges’ selection is final and no discussion will be entered into in relation to this decision.

Prizes

All winners and their teachers will receive a participation certificate. There will be 3 groups of maximum 2 to 3 winners and each of them will receive their personal media player. A substantial total prize fund will be split between the winning schools to spend on scientific classroom resources.

Rights

European Schoolnet and/or Appe reserve the right to adapt the rules and awards at any time. Notification of changes will be made on the ‘Xperimania’ website and will apply from the date of publishing.

  • Legal and ethical issues
    • All entries must follow European agreements on copyright. Entries may not contain statements, facts, information or quotations that may harm or diminish any person or group of people.
    • Entries may not contain statements, facts, information or quotations that could encourage persecution of people on the grounds of race, opinion, nationality, sex, profession or other persuasion. Nor may entries encourage crime or the breaking of laws.
  • Disqualification of entries
    European Schoolnet or Appe may decide to disqualify an entry if it has not been submitted in time, partly or as a whole; or if the entry breaks any of the rules mentioned in this document.
  • Reproduction rights
    All entries and submitted material are the property of European Schoolnet and Appe. They have the right to improve, edit, expand, modify and reproduce the material on the internet, CD-ROM or other media from the date of submission.