Rules

Eligibility Requirements

• All schools in the European Union, candidate countries and EFTA countries are invited to join in.
• Participating students must be aged 10-20 years old.
• All entries must be associated with a school.
The new deadline for both activities is 31 May 2008.

Evaluation process

The evaluation will be carried out in two phases and involve experts from all the 27 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 issues.

Assessment criteria

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

  • Quality of the contribution: Scoring will be partly based on the general scientific depth, quality of supporting reasoning for the competition and the use of proper scientific methods.
  • Creativity and originality: Contributions should represent and reach the age group. They should demonstrate significant originality and initiative in concept, style, layout and design.
  • Clarity of the message: The contribution should have a strong visual impact, a clear and relevant message, and demonstrate an understanding of the addressed themes.

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

Prizes

All winners and their teachers will be invited to Brussels for a prize ceremony and visit to a science research facility. During the two-day trip students will be presented with prizes and a certificate at an awards ceremony.

  • Experiment competition: The members of the top three teams from the experiment competition will be rewarded with a media player.
  • Timeline: The top three participants with the best judges' score in the timeline will receive a media player.

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 statement, fact, information or quotation that may harm or diminish any person or group of people.
    • Entries may not contain statement, fact, information or quotation that may 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 under Legal and Ethical issues.
  • 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.