Pedagogical guidelines

Introduction

Students must be aged between 13 and 21 years. They should work in groups of maximum 3 students (1, 2 or 3 students) and will need to find a female chemist from their country currently engaged in research, academia or any sector of industry (pharma, sports, aviation, fragrances, detergents, etc.). Their task is to interview her and produce a short video of the interview or a Power Point presentation displaying pictures of both their investigation and the interview.

Each entry must have a teacher from the same school associated with it, who is in charge of uploading the video or Power Point presentation to the portal. All submissions for the competition will be displayed in an online gallery and the best entries will be rewarded with a prize.

Pedagogical and societal value of the project

  • Raise awareness of the role of women in chemistry.
  • Increase the interest of both female and male students in the subject
  • Increasing the fun component of science lessons.
  • Training in the use of digital tools for science documentation purposes.
  • Promoting pedagogical practices based on inquiry-based methods.
  • Encouraging students to think about a scientific career.

Guidelines for teachers

Teachers may assist their pupils to prepare for the activity in the following manner:

  • Engaging pupils in preparatory discussions about the interview proposed .
  • Referring to relevant organisations, such as universities or companies, finding contacts and arranging local activities, such as meetings with the scientists or arranging presentations at the school.
  • Overseeing the research activity.
  • Preparing the contribution with the appropriate software.
  • Uploading the contribution to the Xperimania competition portal (click the “Take part” icon). You can upload several submissions at once by selecting the “Upload another entry” option at the end of the submission form.

Languages:

Entries can be in any of the official Xperimania IV languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian and Polish. The moderator must provide an English summary of the submission.

Contributions:

All contributions must include at least the following parts:
- a title

- an “image”, which can be a photograph and/or a scanned drawing. This will be displayed as a thumbnail.

- a multimedia presentation such as video or Power Point presentation.

Size of contributions:

Title: Max. 200 characters

Picture image files: - Jpg, gif - Max. 800 pixels wide - Max. 600 pixels high - Max 5 MB

Multimedia presentation and other related files:

- Any of the following file types- PDF (pdf), Word (doc), Open Office (odt, odp, ods), Excel (xls), PowerPoint (ppt), jpg, gif, Rich text format (rtf), plain text (txt), Quicktime (mov), video (mpg), Windows media (wmv), Windows audio (wma), Zip (zip).
- To submit multiple files, compress into .zip format.

- Maximum 15 MB file size

Copyright and safety regulations:

Moderators must ensure that:

  • The text is an original text of the pupils and not taken from someone or somewhere else.
  • Quotations are marked as such, with its origin mentioned.
  • The uploaded file is free to use and not bound by any copyright regulations.

All participants declare that they are the owners of the submitted material. In cases where software is submitted, the moderator must declare his/her willingness to publish the software under a Creative Commons license with the right to distribute copies for non-commercial use.

Only the first name and initial of the last name of pupils can be mentioned on the portal in order to ensure pupils’ privacy.

No photos of pupils can be submitted without parental authorisation.

Prizes