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iPADs are Mini , Contest is Great ! (2012-2013)

88* iPAD Mini for all Students and Teachers
*Number of iPADs will vary depending on the submissions for each category
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Here are the links to choose winners for each categories:


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  • Around 4000 High school students with 70 science teachers are working on Google sites for their STEM projects.
  • Each Google site also include a page about Schools ,  YouTube video presentation and a brochure uploaded about their projects.
  • In order to motivate them we decided to make a contest as science department. The awards are great ! Around 90 mini iPADs for all Students and Teachers.
  • We think it will be good idea if computer science and math departments also participate.
  • All 8-12  grades who are 13 or older can participate.
  • Your website should have;
    1. A page about your STEM project with original content (text, pictures, movies, graphs, etc ... should be your own production) 
    2. A page about your school and a little bit about yourself.No private information, nor identifying information such as your full name or your pets name:)
    3. A YouTube Movie Presentation of your project with original content, no violation of copyrights or confidentiality.
    4.  A brochure** file that briefly introduce your project. It will be attached/uploaded to your website and should be available to download.
    5. A homepage in which your YouTube presentation is inserted and your brochure** download link is visible.
**: No BROCHURE required for math, engineering and technology categories.
  • Click here for a sample Homepage
  • Sample Brochure/handout;  Click here to download the sample handout ,   How to design the brochure
  • Click here for sample about me (my school) page 
  • Click here for a sample page about your project
  • Science projects will use Google Sites , but other departments can use different formats like weebly.
  • Websites and movies should be produced this education year (2012-2013).
Dear Teacher, you can start submitting 
your student website /movie from here.
UNTIL MARCH 29th, 2013
Dear Students, you can follow all submitted projects from here

  • Number of iPads an awards for each website category will be 1/4 of approved website submissions
  • Number of iPads as awards for the YouTube movie category will be 1/6 of approved movie submissions
  • Total number of iPad will not exceed 88. If there are to many approved submissions, the number of ipads for each category will be arranged again 
  • The categories that has few submissions will be combined under one category
  • Formula for website final points to win the award
    • FINAL WEBSITE POINT = A * B + C + 2 * D
      • A = Number of votes for the website
      • B = Average Rating for the website
      • C = Number of views for the YouTube movie presentation inserted on homepage of the website
      • D = Number of likes for the YouTube movie presentation inserted on homepage of the website (dislikes will not be taken into consideration)
      • A should be less than or equal to 3 times C , if not A will be taken as 3 times C.
      • C and D numbers after 1st November 2012 will be counted
  • Formula for YOUTUBE MOVIE final points to win the award
    • FINAL YouTube MOVIE POINT = C + 2 * D
      • C = Number of views for the YouTube movie presentation
      • D = Number of likes for the YouTube movie presentation(dislikes will not be taken into consideration) 
      • C and D numbers after 1st November 2012 will be counted
Contest Categories
* if your website is not good enough , but your YouTube movie is, you can participate with your movie under this category. Do not forget to make required modifications to your YouTube movie. Teachers can also participate with their STEM movies in this category.The movies should be produced after 1st November 2012
** Around 10-15 teachers who submit the most student websites will also win iPads. Only approved submissions will be counted for the teacher award.
  • Websites and movie submission will be done by STEM teachers.Students cannot do submission.
  • Teachers are responsible to have signed media release forms of the student who appear in the movies and photos.
  • if you participate the contest in a website category, you cannot submit its inserted video in YouTube movie contest category at the same time.
  • A student can participate with more than one website
  • Each student can win maximum one iPad and minimum zero iPad :)
  • If there are group projects, the teacher will summit the website/movie with one student name and if they win the iPad they will divide the iPad into equal pieces and share it :)
  • Teacher can also participate with their YouTube movies which are produced after 1st November 2012
  • There is no judging but voting !
  • After the submission, your website or movie will be checked and approved for the voting. If it is rejected, do not give up, update your site and request it to be checked again.
  • Submission will end and the finalists for voting will be announced on March 28th.
  • Voting will start April 1st
  • Voting will end and iPad winners will be announced on May 1st.
  • You do not need to worry about number of categories , because the number of awards will be determined according to the number of submitted finalist websites for each category.
  • Even if your students are working websites other than Google sites , you can still summit their websites.(Science related projects can only presented by Google sites)
  • I have right to change all the rules and categories in time.
  • It will never be a perfect contest. We cannot make everyone happy.But having a bad contest that you can win 80-90 ipads is always better than not having the contest :)
  • For any comment and suggestions, please email to : hsa.virtual.sci@gmail.com
Here is a sample contest from last year , contest in campus(pilot school)  level ;
WEBSITE and MOVIE Contest 2011 HSA Houston High  
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