EVALUATION DISTRICT LEVEL STATE LEVEL NATIONAL LEVEL[+ BEST TWO PROJECTS ARE RECOMMENDED FOR PARTICIPATION IN INDIAN SCIENCE CONGRESS]
A Project Work performed by a group of2 - 5 Children (aged10 – 17 years) on aspecific theme/Sub-theme,(working for acouple of months) under the guidance ofa teacher (Guide Teacher) besides theirregular school activities
ORTo prove or disprove an ASSERSION/ PROPOSITION (Known as HYPOTHESIS)
• The Project Work will be presented by one member onbehalf of the group – known as Group Leader• Presentation must be made with the help of four charts(in addition to 2-3 transparencies, if any), which aremandatory.• The child will be allowed to present their work in 8minutes• Following presentation, the child will be asked projectrelated questions for 2 minutes
The evaluators (2-3 members) will be provided with -
Mention the limitations about: (i) Number of Charts (ii) Time of Presentation, and Q & A (iii) Only the children present in the room may be allowed to ask question, if any, to the presenter in relation to the project on completion of presentation Create a friendly atmosphere inside the room DO NOT allow any guide teacher, parents/ guardians inside the room ALLOW guests, observers, officials, volunteers & media personals inside the room
Read out the names of the participants in the sequence, they will be called for. Check the name, age, address & district/state of the participants The child called for presentation will be asked to submit – (i) The original Report of the project (ii) The original Survey Schedule, if any (iii) Herbarium, wherever applicable (iv) Authenticated Log Book (It is mandatory) (v) Any other thing(s), the child wants to present/ show DO NOT ALLOW ANY LIVE SPECIMEN TO BE PRESENTED DO NOT ALLOW MODEL OF ANY KIND DO NOT ALLOW ANY CHILD TO LEAVE ROOM JUST AFTER HIS/HER PRESENTATION IS OVER, EXCEPT EMERGENCY DEMANDS Ask the children present in the room to sit calm and quiet and not to disturb the presenter
POINTS TO PONDER Be sure about the group (Senior or Junior) you are going to evaluate Accordingly you scale-down both your knowledge and mind Allow and encourage the child to complete his presentation, even if time elapses Treat cordially and extend necessary help to the child, if required, at the time of presentation The child should not be interrupted during presentation No such question(s) to be asked or allowed to ask that will embarrass the child Show importance and interest to the items/ specimens that the child likes to show you On completion of presentation, the child should be pointed out about the scope of improvement NOT his/her lapses Do not accept to act as an evaluator if any of your kith and kin participates
The Reason is –EVERY SINGLE CHILD SHOULD FEEL PRIDE,PLEASURE, CONFIDANCE AND JOY AFTER PRESENTATION OF HIS/HER PROJECT
FEW COMMON ERRORS Units and Scientific terms Undefined Axis of the graph and charts Undefined legend of the charts, maps etc. Scientific name – Spelling, Underlining/ Italic style Undefined parameters of equation used Map without boundaries and directions (Eastward/ Northward) Improper method of experimentation Labeling of charts, diagrams and pictures Improperly prepared/labeled Herbarium Spelling & Construction of Sentences
DISTRIBUTION OF SCORE TOTAL : 200 ORAL PRESENTATION : 100 WRITTEN REPORT : 100
FINAL SCOREA merit list is prepared on thebasis of average score achieved by the children on evaluation of oral presentation and written report
EVALUATION SCORES Originality of idea and concept: 10 Relevance of the project to the theme: 10 Understanding of the issue: 15 Data collection and analysis: 15 Experimentation/ Validation: 10 Interpretation & Problem solving attempt: 10 Team work: For District level: 10 For State/National level: 05 Oral presentation / written report: 10
Follow-up and Action plan: 10 Improvement over the previous level (as per suggestion of the evaluators at district/state level): 10 Background correction (Only at District Level): 10
POINT BY POINT ANALYSISOriginality of idea and concept: A unique or novel idea/ concept of a project which attempts to answer a specific question Idea/ concept must be evolved from the immediate vicinity of a child where he/she is living (it is to be a local problem) Evaluator may ask for explanation of origin of the idea/concept.
Relevance to the Focal Theme It must be justified that the work undertaken in the project has relevance to the Sub-theme vis-à-vis Focal Theme
Understanding the Issue(s) Do the child possess clear understanding of the issue(s) he/she is presenting? Example – When a child works with environment, it may be assured that he/ she must possess clear scientific understanding about environment NOT just bookish knowledge.
Data Collection It should be systematic Child should possess proper knowledge of tools/ methods, used for the purpose Questionnaire should be properly structured mostly with the questions relevant to the project Sample size should be sufficient ( not less than 50) to draw a meaningful inference/ conclusion
Data Analysis This includes Tabulation, Classification/ categorization of the information/data collected/generated during the study Use of simple statics viz. mean, range, frequency (using bar code), percentage, ratio proportion etc. Use of bar diagram, histogram, graph, pie chart etc. Use of any other mathematical formula/ equation, as and when applicable
Experimentation/ Validation Conducting Experiment/ Field study with the application of Simple Method of Science. Validation of hypothesis or any new idea will have to be done using simple but proper scientific method Experiment(s) need not be very sophisticated or lab- based, it should be simple, self developed and inexpensive
Problem Solving attempt This is the point when it will be judged to what extent the team has exercised their understanding on the issues emerged after analysing data/ information to find out a meaningful solution to the problem, identified. The solution should be Child-like.
Team Work It refers to work division, cooperation and sharing among the member of the groups. This is to be proved through scrutiny of – (i) Log book, and (ii) Photograph, as a proof of group activities
Presentation Oral Presentation includes – (i) Size of the letters (ii) The contents in the posters should be legible (iii) Layout of the posters (iv) Using the charts during presentation (v) Art of Deliberations/ Communication skill developed (vi) Answering the questions Written Report – (i) Systematic documentation (ii) Proper tabulation & Preparation of graphs, charts, etc. (iii) Detail documentation of methods (iv) Errors, mostly scientific errors
Follow-up and Action plan The team must convey the community about their research findings and the probable way of problem solution Look for the methods they used to reach a maximum number of the community members, exploring the resource availability
Improvement over thePrevious Level Not all, but a large number of the points suggested by the evaluators at District/State level need to be addressed. It is supposed that the specific areas of improvement must be mentioned by the Child Scientist in the separate sheet as an Annexure and simultaneously the mode and volume of work done must be identified at the time of evaluation.
Background Correction(Only for District Level) In this case the background of the children (geographic, socio-economic, resource availability in the school, etc.) is to be verified and they should be evaluated accordingly.Example – A similar type of work if done by the two groups both from the un- privileged schools, then the evaluators must compare the nature and volume of the work done by each of the groups and allot marks accordingly.
POINTS TO BE EMPHASISEDDURING ORAL PRESENTATION The layout & Lettering of the charts Understanding the method of science applied on the particular work done Understanding the scientific phenomenon involved in the particular piece of work Creativity and/or innovativeness of the work Level of confidence on the work performed Communication skill Check the Log Book
EVALUATION OF WRITTEN REPORT Innovative/ creative idea & its relevance to theme/sub-theme Well defined objective(s) Elaborate Explanation of the Methods applied for Experimentation/Validation Arrangement/ classification of data & its analysis Nature of Conclusion/ Inference drawn Written in proper format
Frequently Asked Questions:Q: Will a project, if undertaken in the format similar to that given in the Activity Guide Book, be considered as an innovative project?A: No. However, it may be considered if there is any modification/ improvement over the suggested one.Q: If any method/ device is developed, will it be allowed to display for evaluation?A:Yes. But, the method/device must have to be demonstrated with scientific explanationsQ: Will the decoration of the Report/Charts help to fetch higher grade?A: No and Never. Both Charts and Reports should be simple and neatly written
FORMAT OF PROJECT REPORT Form – A Introduction/ Background Objective (s) Methods Survey/ Experiment/ Observation Results/Data Analysis Conclusion/ Inference Problem solving attempt Future Plan of work Acknowledgement Reference Appendix (if any) [It is similar to the format of M.Sc/ Ph.D thesis]
MUST FOR THE EVALUATORS Do not get biased to any child. Treat equally. Do not get impressed only by the mode of presentation/ oratory skill/ body language of the child scientist. Even if the presentation is poor, but the idea is noble/new, consider it with proper note for necessary modification in the next level Keep the result of your room secret
CRITERION OF A GOOD PROJECT ORIGINALITY OF IDEA WELL DEFINED OBJECTIVE(S) OF THE WORK RELEVANCE OF THE WORK TO THE FOCAL THEME PROPER APPLICATION OF METHOD OF SCIENCE CLEARITY IN UNDERSTANDING CHILD-LIKE PROBLEM SOLVING ATTEMPT DOCUMENTATION IN PROPER FORMAT
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