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Each project must include an abstract, description, bibliography, and five sample Web pages. Use the tabs below to learn more about each section. Click here to see some real examples of winning projects.
Summarize your proposed future technology and other relevant information. This document must precede other project components and should be on a separate page. It does not count as part of the description.
Mandatory criteria: No more than 150 words (typed, double-spaced and clearly labeled).
Prepare a written description of the project on no more than 11 typed, double-spaced pages (you may also use a combination of text and artwork).
The description must include the following sections in this exact order:
- Present Technology: Give an overview of the present form of the technology, including some scientific principles involved in how it functions. Define a key challenge or limitation of this present technology that you will address in your ExploraVision project.
- History: Research and describe the history of the technology from its inception.
- Future Technology: Describe the team's vision for what this technology will be like in 20 years — including scientific principles involved in developing the technology.
- Breakthroughs: Research and describe breakthroughs that are necessary to make the future technology design a reality. Why doesn't this future technology exist today? Choose one of your required breakthroughs and describe a research project that would have to be planned and carried out to test your ExploraVision project. If possible, include the kind of data or measurements that would be collected in the investigation.
- Design Process: Describe three alternative ideas or features the team considered for this ExploraVision project. The ideas and features should be directly related to the project, not a list of other projects you may have submitted. Describe why the team rejected each feature and idea in favor of the ones in the submitted ExploraVision technology. Describe how your future technology feature is better than the rejected design feature.
- Consequences: Recognizing that all technologies have positive and negative consequences, describe the potential positive and negative consequences of the new technology on society. Tip: The Future Technology, Breakthroughs, Design Process and Consequences sections are the most heavily weighted when assigning points in the judging. Therefore it makes sense to devote at least two-thirds of the description to these areas.
All sources used in researching the chosen technology should be referenced here. (This does not count as part of the description.)
- Sources must be clearly labeled and include title, author, publisher and copyright date
- Also include Internet sources, interviews and non-original graphics
- Footnotes are encouraged, but not required
Team members must prepare five sample Web pages that communicate and promote their future technology vision. Sample Web pages may be hand-drawn or computer-generated and may include text, pictures, photographs and diagrams. A collage of graphics or photographs may be pasted onto the Sample Web Page form. Use of the Sample Web Page form is optional.
- The sample Web pages should relate to material presented in the written description and illustrate the attributes of the chosen technology
- Each Web page should relate to the others as if the team were actually designing a website to promote its future technology
- One Web Page must be devoted to a depiction of a model or visual representation of the technology that could be used to create a prototype for display; the model does not need to be a perfect representation of what the technology would look like completed, just a depiction that will help others visualize the design and communicate key features
- Please remember to give proper credit in the bibliography to any non-original artwork
Below is a sample Web page from a group in the grades 7 – 9 category.