A. The Tritech competition is based on three aspects:
- Scientific Research:
Problem/ Need/ Observation → Do literature study of the topic → Formulate a hypothesis → Plan own research → Carry out investigation and obtain data → Analyze and evaluate information → Draw conclusions → Communicate findings
Use technology in your project.
It can be:
- The computer – to do research and to assimilate data, build a model, present your project ….or
- Mxit or facebook or
- Cell phones, GPS or
- Use any technology / own initiative that will suit your particular project.
- The impact your project has on the environment / community.
You must identify a problem in YOUR home environment/ community / family. You must plan your project in such a way that it addresses the problem effectively. By the end of your project you must be able to prove that your project has a positive impact on the environment or community.
Motivate why your project is important.
What is your environment / who comprises your community?
Environment: It can be limited to your immediate environment e.g. your garden, school, class Or extended environment e.g. your town, province, country…
Community: It can be intimate e.g. family, friends, class mates, neighbours, or wider like a farming community, school community, town, country, soccer players, mothers, etc.
B Requirements of the project
- The project may be done either individually or in a group (maximum 2) in which each member has a specific responsibility. You need to provide evidence of each member’s contribution to the success of the project.
- The visual presentation can be:
- Power point ( If this method is used then a printout is required for the judges) or
- Display board that can stand alone and is a maximum of 1.2m wide.
- The presentation of the project is limited to a maximum of 10 minutes.
- You must include the following in your project:
|Problem||State what the problem is that you intend to solve through your project and name the community you intend to help through your project.|
|Investigative question||Rephrase your problem as a meaningful and well researched question. The question must be clear, short and “test-able”, including your variables.|
|Aim||State what it is that you intend to do to solve the problem|
|Background Information/ Research||Put all the background research you did into your journal and then on your project mention briefly where you found your information to do your project like interviews, questionnaires, articles, etc.|
|Hypothesis||State this in a “If ……….. then…….” format, e.g. “If an athlete drinks the energy drink, then he/she will perform better in the 100m race.”|
|Materials||State clearly what you used to do your experiments or build your design|
|Method||Explain point by point how you went about doing it.|
|Results in table and graph format or Model if a Design||Interpret your results and display them clearly in tables or graphs. If you have designed something then a model of your design or detailed drawings of the design and how it will work should accompany your presentation board or powerpoint.|
|Interpretation of the results||State what can be deduced from the results of your research|
|Conclusion||This needs to relate back to the hypothesis and aim –Will it be of benefit to the community concerned?
Always use your variables when you write your aim, hypothesis and conclusion
|Technology Used||List the technology you used in your project.|
|Community||It’s a good idea to show on your board/power point some evidence of your outreach to the community and how your community will benefit from your project|
|Bibliography/ References||You should use the heading “References” to acknowledge all the material used and referred to in your assignment. All sources should be arranged alphabetically according to the surname of the author. Remember that you must also acknowledge articles from web pages and oral interviews with people. Visit http://www.nhgs.co.uk/technology/harvard.pdf-microsoft internet explorer to see how it must be done.
Helpful note: Use “References” in the WORD program. Choose “Harvard” and complete all info. With the press of a button your Bibliography will be done.
|Acknowledgements||Thank anyone who helped you or gave you ideas for your project.|
- The Scientific Journal is a very important record of the development of your project. This journal doesn’t need to be neat but should be handwritten and must show evidence of your own research and thoughts throughout your project. All your interviews, background research, rough data with dates, calculations and interpretation of data should be in the journal. Remember that the journal is not a duplicate of your written presentation. It must accompany your board or powerpoint as it will also be marked by the judges.
- An abstractis an overview of your project. It is a paragraph without headings, of a maximum of 250 words. The project abstract must appear on the front cover of your journal. Your abstract should include a summary of the introduction, method, results, conclusion and the contribution your project made to the relevant community. Also include 5 keywords at the end of your abstract that could be used to explain the main focus of your project.
- Judging is done by experts in the various categories of the projects, as well as fellow students who are in the same category as you are.
- During your presentation you will be presenting your research and findings to the judging panel only once.
- The following points need to be kept in mind:
- be enthusiastic
- don’t read your speech off your notes – Talk about your project and what you did
- make eye contact
- don’t use teenage slang
- keep your speech to 10 minutes maximum
- answer all questions as honestly as possible – if you don’t know, say so!
- your presentation must be supported by a written report either on a display board or power point or film etc.
- Print your power point presentation in “thumb nail format” if you do not have a board. This must be ready for judges for pre judging and during your presentation.