ACM San Francisco Bay Area Professional Chapter supports regional Science Fairs in the region as part of ongoing community service programs. The Science Fair program showcases students who will become our future scientists, technology experts, engineers, and mathematicians. Regional competitions celebrate the achievement of middle and high school students in school and county Fairs, supported by their parents, teachers, and schools.
Through annual Fair competitions, hundreds of the area’s competitive students are challenged to go beyond their classroom studies to do independent project-based research. They work independently or in teams to address questions in the fields of Computer Science, Engineering, Environmental Science, Medicine & Health, Chemistry, Biology, and a half dozen other categories.
Regional Fairs are affiliated with the Society for Science & the Public, and produces winners who go on to compete and win in other state and national competitions, including the prestigious Intel International Science & Engineering Fair. But whether or not a student wins, every student is celebrated and encouraged by the hundreds of other attending students, parents, teachers, mentors, sponsors, judges, and members of the public.
SFBayACM’s Council wants to encourage and support the students, teachers, and volunteers who make this happen. Especially, your Council believes that study and practice of computer science (CS) and/or computing engineering (CE) should be encouraged in the middle and high schools, with an eye toward empowering students to continue with this into college and later life.
SFBayACM has donated special awards to several regional Science Fairs. $5000 in cash prizes will be awarded to students who excel in projects related to CS/CE, or who effectively use these principles in projects from other fields, with some of the award presented to the winners’ teachers. To encourage wider involvement in the study of computing, additional awards will be made to middle school young women who explore this area through their projects. More information will be posted at http://www.SFBayACM.org
This year two regionals are supported, covering more than six of the nine counties in the Bay area. See below for details on how you can attend.
How You Can Visit The Fair
• The 2016 Synopsys Championship is the regional Fair for Silicon Valley – Santa Clara County. It will be held on March 16-17, 2016 at the San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, California, with free public viewing is from 5:00PM to 6:00PM on March 17. Hundreds of students will compete in junior (6th – 8th grade) and senior (9th – 12th grade) divisions for awards and prizes in multiple areas of study. Fair participants are drawn from public, private and parochial schools in Santa Clara County.
Call for Volunteers: Judges for Bay Area Regional Science Fairs
ACM San Francisco Bay Area Professional Chapter Is looking for volunteer Judges the regional Science Fair. It’s easy and fun. You will spend less than one day viewing students’ projects and talking to the students about their work. Your presence encourages Junior and Senior High students (budding scientists) to pursue careers in science and/or engineering.
• The 2016 Synopsys Championship is a great opportunity to give back to grades 6-12 education. Category judges for all disciplines are needed on March 17.
For details, please contact Chair Ash Antal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please pass this to any of your friends or colleagues interested in science and engineering education – every volunteer helps make this a great experience for all.
Rules for Winning The Special ACM Prizes
The ACM San Francisco Bay Area Professional Chapter (www.SFBayACM.org), locally representing ACM, the official international professional, technical, and educational society for the field of computing, presents a Grand Prize, Second Place, Third Place, and three Honorable Mentions in both the Junior and Senior Divisions: the ACM Bay Area Special Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in Computing. Teachers who mentor award winners (other than Honorable Mention) will also be recognized.
In addition, there will be two awards for Outstanding Young Woman in Computing, presented in the Junior Division.
These awards, all with cash prizes, will be received for:
- The best projects in Computer Science and/or Computer Engineering, including entries in the Computer and Math or the Engineering categories
- The best project/experiment in another category involving significant use of Computer Science and/or Computer Engineering skills, knowledge, and principles to accomplish the project goals.
Students are advised that Science Fair engineering projects do not involve the scientific method or a hypothesis, but are instead applications of engineering principles and methods to accomplish a goal.
The objective is to stimulate learning and exploring in the field of computing. Computer Science and/or Computer Engineering projects will be favored for the grand prize awards, unless in the sole opinion of the judges, the accomplishments and learning about computing reflected in a project in another category express at least a similar degree of computing involvement.
Computer Science and Computer Engineering will be construed broadly, to include not only traditional CS disciplines such as novel I/O hardware, algorithm analysis, language or operating system design, but also broader areas such as:
- Web site development and human interaction techniques
- Computer-controlled or -generated media
... when said project substantially comprises use of computer science and/or computer engineering principles, especially involving the design and implementation of computing software and/or hardware. Here are some examples:
- iPhone app for collaboratively playing a novel game
- remote-control car that can display artificial intelligence by automatically performing navigating a course and obstacles without human input
- taking an old film where frames are out-of-registration ("jerky") and automatically aligning them, making the movie much easier to watch
Projects in other categories can include any possible endeavor which involves significant use of computing to accomplish the project.
- biology experiment monitoring pond scum using a homemade sampling and measuring apparatus interfaced to a computer and controlled by custom software
- automated system for taking astronomical observations and automatically recording comets and asteroids, computing their position
- proving a mathematical theorem by software testing every possible condition
Preference will be given to the entries that involve the greatest amount of student-developed hardware and/or software, as opposed to pre-packaged hardware and software obtained elsewhere. Students will be interviewed on what they have learned. (Using a function library as a part of student-developed software will not be penalized if the student understands the principles involved in doing so and if said function library is not substantially the entire software project.)
Assistance from mentors, parents, teachers, web sites, and others are welcome, provided the student actually performed, learned from, and understands the work and principles.
The Special Awards for Outstanding Young Woman in Computing will be presented to junior-division young woman who meets the above criteria but does not otherwise win the Grand Prize. (The runner-up prize will be awarded to a junior division young woman who does not win either the Grand or Second Prizes.)
Prizes for the Synopsys Championship (Santa Clara Regional Fair)
Middle School (Grades 6-8) prize totals $1500 cash and at least 15 certificates
(5) Honorable Mention Student Awards:$40 and Certificate of Achievement
(1) 3rd Place Student Award:$80 and Certificate of Achievement
(1) 3rd Place Teacher Award:$20 and Certificate of Achievement
(1) 2nd Place Student Award:$160 and Certificate of Achievement
(1) 2nd Place Teacher Award:$40 and Certificate of Achievement
(1) Grand Prize Student Award:$320 and Certificate of Achievement
(1) Grand Prize Teacher Award:$80 and Certificate of Achievement
(1) 2nd Place Student Award, Outstanding Young Woman in Computing:$160 and Certificate of Achievement
(1) 2nd Place Teacher Award, Outstanding Young Woman in Computing:$40 and Certificate of Achievement
(1) Grand Prize Student Award, Outstanding Young Woman in Computing:$320 and Certificate of Achievement
(1) Grand Prize Teacher Award, Outstanding Young Woman in Computing:$80 and Certificate of Achievement
High School (Grades 9-12) prize totals $1900 cash and at least 15 certificates
(5) Honorable Mention Student Awards:$50 and Certificate of Achievement
(1) 5th Place Student Award:$80 and Certificate of Achievement
(1) 5th Place Teacher Award:$20 and Certificate of Achievement
(1) 4th Place Student Award:$120 and Certificate of Achievement
(1) 4th Place Teacher Award:$30 and Certificate of Achievement
(1) 3rd Place Student Award:$160 and Certificate of Achievement
(1) 3nd Place Teacher Award:$40 and Certificate of Achievement
(1) 2nd Place Student Award:$320 and Certificate of Achievement
(1) 2nd Place Teacher Award:$80 and Certificate of Achievement
(1) Grand Prize Student Award:$640 and Certificate of Achievement
(1) Grand Prize Teacher Award:$160 and Certificate of Achievement