Education, Science and Technology Institute of South Minas Gerais(IFSULDEMINAS)Research, Post-Graduation and Innovation DepartmentSecond Brazilian Farming Olympics (OBAP)Regulation1. OBJECTIVESOBAP aims to foster young students of secondary and post-secondary vocationaleducation1 to join science and technological careers through research and innovation inagriculture, scientific knowledge application, challenges and cooperation among theparticipants of the olympic activities. It is expected to motivate students to participate inundergraduate research, regional development and innovation, thus returning to societythe benefits from public education improvements in the field of agriculture.2. PARTICIPANTS2.1 Secondary vocational students of the following courses may enroll in the Olympics:Farming, Agricultural, Agroecology, Animal Breeding, Agribusiness, Food, or any coursewith agribusiness or natural resources as major technological theme (National catalog ofvocational education http://catalogonct.mec.gov.br/).2.1 Post-secondary vocational students may participate according to special rules definedby Annex I.2.2. Teams will consist of four people from the same institution, with the obligatoryparticipation of one supervisor and three students.2.3. Students must be properly enrolled in secondary or post-secondary vocationaleducation courses related to agricultural sciences (see courses listed above).2.3.1. A team must not be composed of students of different modalities of learning.2.4. Teachers and permanent or temporary members of the administrative staff may enrollas tutors, since they are working at the home institution of the students who make up theteam.2.4.1. Each tutor must guide only one team from each type of education (e.g., secondatyor post-secondary vocational education).2.5. There is no limit to the number of registered teams per institution.3. REGISTRATION3.1. Registrations will be received exclusively via internet on the OBAP official homepage(www.ifsuldeminas.edu.br/obap) during the period May 14 to June 29, 2012.1 In Brazil, secondary education usually prepares for university, which might concentrate on abstract,scientific and theoric knowledge, whilst vocational focuses on job skills in technology, craftmanship oradministration. In secondary vocational education, vocational and secondary education occur alongside; inpost secondary education, vocational education occurs after the student has obtained a secondary educationdegree. However, both secondary and post secondary vocational courses share the same content.
3.2. The tutor will represent the team for the sake of the registration and must feed all thetheam members’ data into the registration forms.3.3. After fulfilling the registration form, the tutor must pay the R$ 20 (twenty reais)registration fee via bank billing. This amout is for the entry of the team. 3.3.1. Each team must pay their registration fee. 3.3.2. Entries are valid just after payment is confirmed.3.4. There are not discounts or fee exemptions.3.5. Paid fees amounts will not be returned by no means.3.6. Once validated the team’s registration, the tutor will receive via email the team loginwhich with access the “Plataforma de Provas da OBAP” (OBAP Test Virtual Environment),available at www.ifsuldeminas.edu.br/obap.3.7. At any time, if any irregularity is identified, the team staff will be notified andautomatically disqualified.4. STAGES AND TESTS4.1. The competition has four stages, three of them being virtual and one being presential:4.1.1. Stage One (virtual - classification) from 2012-08-06 to 2012-08-10: ten multiplechoice questions about agriculture.4.1.2. Stage Two (virtual - classification) from 2012-08-13 to 2012-08-17: ten multiplechoice questions about animal breeding.4.1.3. Stage Three (virtual - and qualifying round) from 2012-08-20 to 2012-08-24: twentymultiple choice questions about agriculture and animal breeding. Each one of thesequestions values two-fold.220.127.116.11. Just the teams with 70% or more in the sum of the virtual three stages will beclassified to the fouth stage.18.104.22.168. Fifty secondary vocational education teams, classified according to 22.214.171.124 item,are going to participate in the fouth stage.126.96.36.199. Ten post-secondary vocational education teams, classified according to 188.8.131.52item, are going to participate in the fouth stage.184.108.40.206. In the event of a tie score, the third stage start time is going to break it, comingfrom the lowest elapsed time since the opening of that stage to the highest.4.2. OBAP organizers are only liable for the operation of the OBAP homepage and its TestVirtual Environment, helding no responsible for the participants’ internet provider failures,equipment failures or electrical power outages. In case of OBAP system failure,IFSULDEMINAS system failure or contrywide system failure, organizers may extend thestages terms.
4.3. Fifty secondary vocational education teams, and ten post-secondary vocationaleducation teams, both classified according to 220.127.116.11 item, are going to participate in thefourth stage.4.3.1. If any team classified for the fourth stage does not confirm presence, OBAPorganizers will call up other teams according to the ranking list.4.4. Stage Four (presential) from 2012-10-11 to 2012-10-12: just students will be allowedto participate in this stage. This stage has two phases:4.4.1. First phase (elimination): teams should send a case study on the Olympics topic:innovation and business. This query is worth double. Scoring criteria and rules are going tobe established in a study to be released in March.18.104.22.168. Submitting the case study is a prerequisite for participation in the presential phase.22.214.171.124. The case studies are expected to be received from September 3 to 6, 2012.4.4.2. Second phase (classification): students will individually answear a test consisting of20 multiple choice questions with worth triple and 2 multiple choice questions with worthdouble. All the questions are about agriculture and animal breeding. The individual scoresaverage will be added to the teams final score.4.5. The virtual stages will be accomplished via OBAP homepage, by teams loggin in withidentification and password.4.5.1. A team has fifty minutos to answear each virtual stage test. It’s not possible tochange the answears after sending the test.4.5.2. Access to the on-line platform is allowed only for the resolution of each test.4.6. Only answers posted timely and according to the OBAP schedule will be accepted onthe platform.4.7. Questions can not be appelead.4.8. Tutors are going to develop parallel activities during the students sole activities on thefourth stage.5. PARTICIPATION IN PRESENTIAL STAGE5.1. Fifty secondary vocational education teams, and ten post-secondary vocationaleducation teams, both classified according to 126.96.36.199 item, are going to participate in thefourth stage presential phase.5.2. The following teams will have borne their travel to the final stage:5.2.1. The best secondary vocational education tem of each of the Union regions(Midwest, Northeast, North, Southeast and South).5.2.2. The five best overall scored secondary vocational educational teams.5.3. Other teams qualified for the presential stage should seek their own means forbearing travellings and other expenses.
5.4. Finalists are responsable for providing all the documents required for participating inthe finals.5.5. Finalists must submit all supporting documentation required by the accreditation forthe finals.6. RESULTS AND CLASSIFICATION6.1. OBAP organizers are in charge with the task of generating results and classification.6.2. After the end of the third stage, on August 30, 2012, it will be available on OBAPhomepage (www.ifsuldeminas.edu.br/obap) a list ranking each team, with their scores ineach stage.6.3. The second phase of stage four will have a jury composed of technical professionalsinvited by the organizing team.6.3.1. Jury’s decision will be sovereign and can not be appelead.6.4. The final result is calculated as following:CF = NF1 + NF2 + NF3 + NI + (NA1 + NA2 NA3) 3CF: Final classificationNF1: Score of stage oneNF2: Score of stage twoNF3: Score of stage threeNI: Innovation scoreNA1: Student One scoreNA2: Student Two scoreNA3: Student Three score7. AWARDS7.1.All the teams will receive a certificate of participation.7.2. The award and classification will be made according to the sum of the results of allphases and stages of OBAP.7.3. The fifteen best secondary vocational education teams will receive medals, being 5bronze medals; 5 silver medals; and 5 gold medals. Post-secondary vocational educationtems will also receive medals, being 3 bronze medals; 2 silver medals; and 1 gold medal.7.4. The best case study will receive an special award.7.5. The three best teams in general, whether secondary or post-secondary vocationaleducation, will receive trophies.
7.6. The best team in general will be invited to participate in the IESO 2013 (see item 8bellow).7.7. The prizes for the other teams will be distributed according to resources andpartnerships availability. IFSULDEMINAS are to be liable just for that IFSULDEMINAS hascommited itself.8. PARTICIPATION IN INTERNATIONAL EVENT8.1. The champion team, whether secondary or post-secondary vocational education,shall be invited to represent Brazil in IESO (International Earth Science Olympiad).8.1.1. The Organizing Comitte, at their discretion and considering the individual ranking,may invite members from the five best teams to join the international competition.8.2. The followings are conditions for participation in IESO team:8.2.1 Participation in International Earth Science Olympiad - IESO is subject to its rules,usually available at http://ieso.or.kr/188.8.131.52. Participants must be secondary or post-secondary vocational education regularstudents and should be aged under 18 years on 1st July the year when the Olympicshappens.8.2.2. Participants must attend classes and trainings the Organizing Comitte or theirpartners may offer.8.2.3. Participants must attain 70% or more in preparation tests.8.3. Teams participation will be subject to full compliance with the standards hereestablished.8.4. OBAP Organization shall seek fundings in order to bear team’s members training,preparatory courses for IESO. If these fundings are not collected, team’s members shouldseek their own means for bearing training and other expenses.9. CONTENT OUTLINE9.1. The basic program are to be outlined as follows:9.1.1. General Agriculture - Horticulture (Vegetable Crops, Landscaping and Gardening, Fruits, Forestry andFloriculture)
- Protected Cultivation and Hydroponics - Annual Crops (Beans, Soybeans, Rice, Corn, Sorghum, Cotton, Wheat, etc.).- Semi Perennial Crops (Cane sugar, cassava)- Perennial Crops (Coffee, Citrus, Rubber, Cocoa, etc.). - Plant Protection (Management of pests, diseases and weeds and correct and safe useof pesticides)- Tillage System- Agroecology- Agrometeorology and Agricultural Climatology9.1.2. General Animal Breeding- Cattle (Cut, Milk)- Forage and Pasture- Poultry (Cutting and Posture)- Poultry- Fish Farming- equine- Sheep and Goat- rabbit- Beekeeping- Behaviour and Animal Welfare9.1.3. Soils and Plant Nutrition- Genesis, Soil and Physical Training- Soil Fertility- Fertilization and Plant Nutrition- Soil Degradation- Soil Conservation9.1.4. Agricultural Engineering- Irrigation and Drainage- Machinery and Implements- Topography and Technical Design- Precision Agriculture9.1.5. Food- Processing of Plant Products- Processing of Animal Products9.1.6. Rural Management and Agribusiness9.1.7. Computers10. SCHEDULE
What WhenRegistration May 14 to June 29OBAP virtual environment training July 9 to 27Stage One (virtual) August 6 to 10Stage Two (virtual) August 13 to 17Stage Three (virtual) August 20 to 24Publish list of teams classified for the presential phase August 30Confirmation of summoned teams presence September 3 to 4Second call for summoned teams September 5 to 6Send case study September 3 to 6Stage Four (presential) (Minas Gerais State) September 11 to 12Closure (Minas Gerais State) October 13