The category of Environment encompasses the study of assessing, analyzing, and providing solutions to the problems of environmental pollution—such as air, water, soil, and noise pollution—and their potential effects on the health of all organisms, including humans. The world around us changes all the time. How is our quality of life affected by the environment?
The PIONEER Olympiad seeks solutions to problems related to indoor and outdoor air quality; the health effects of air, water, soil, radiation, and noise pollution; pollution management (e.g., systems for early warning or control of polluting incidents); the measurement of pollution; waste water treatment and remediation; solid waste treatment and remediation; the effects of radiation; and more.
[SCIENCE] | RULES
- Application: A science project can be prepared and submitted by up to two students.
- Application: The project description paper detailing are required for complete applications. All projects must submit a full project description paper (research paper).
- Application: The project description paper should include: title, student names, school, city and country, abstract, introduction, goal of the project, methods and experiments, results and discussions, conclusion, and references. The project description paper will be uploaded into an online application.
- Acceptable file formats for the project paper are doc and docx, PDF, not exceeding 5 MB in file size. Recommended page limit is 15, with acceptable font sizes 11 or 12 for any font type and page margins one inch or more (2.5 cm) from each side.
- Application: Your file names must be in English characters.
- At the fair: You are allowed to bring your own poster board/presentation, which should not be larger than 80×60 cm. The height of the poster board is not restricted.
- At the fair: You are allowed to bring models or prototypes as part of your presentation which is HIGHLY recommended.
- At the fair: The PIONEER Olympiad will provide foam boards sized 80×60 cm with a 80×60 cm table. Your printed work should fit that size foam board (height vs width orientation does not matter).
- At the fair: Students should come to the competition with pre-printed materials to prepare their posters. Pins and tape will be provided by The PIONEER Olympiad.
- At the fair: Students are allowed to make changes and improve their projects between application and fair presentation.
- At the fair: The poster should include at least the following sections: introduction, goal, results and discussion, conclusion, and references.
- At the fair: Some of the tables are equipped with electricity providing outlet. You may choose these tables if you need electricity.
- At the fair: Students are advised (not required) to bring multiple copies of their final research paper to distribute to curious viewers.
- At the Fair: The following items will not be allowed to display: microbial cultures or fungi (live or dead); displays of live animals, preserved vertebrate animals, whether in whole or part (this includes humans); open or concealed flames, matches, or lighters; hazardous chemicals; highly combustible solids, fluids, or gases; sharp items (syringes, needles, knives); controlled substances; and radioactive materials.
- At the Fair: Proper procedures must be followed in regard to human subjects. When human subjects are used in research (including survey research), they have to be fully informed of any risks and have to give consent to the procedures, in possession of full knowledge of the risks (this is known as informed consent). Informed consent should be obtained for all minors and for adults when more than minimal risk is involved in participating in the project. Minimal risk is defined as the probability of harm or discomfort anticipated in the research.
[SCIENCE] | Judging Criteria
- Poster Organization and Content
- Literature Review
- Skills and Data Management
- Scientific Method
- Solution (Innovation)
- Oral Presentation