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2014 Social Studies Fair


48th Annual Region 10 Social Studies Fair

to be held

February 24, 2014


New Location this year! Student Union Cotillion Ballroom!

2014 ENTRY FORM

For schools in the following parishes and grades:

4th – 12th grade

Ascension

St. James

Assumption

St. John the Baptist

Lafourche

St. Charles

Terrebonne

St. Mary

Schedule of Events 


February 7, 2014               Entry forms due to Nicholls – NO EXCEPTIONS
February 24, 2014             Monday (Check-in & judging)
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.               Check in and Project Set-up
10:30 – 11:15 a.m.             Public viewing & Lunch on your own
11:30 a.m.                            Judging begins – each exhibitor must be present until judging ends
Approx. 3 p.m.                    Awards Program – Peltier Auditorium

**NOTE** A school representative from each school must be present to supervise students while judging is going on.

 

 

General Information

The Region 10 Social Studies Fair will be hosted by Nicholls State University on Monday, February 24 , 2014. The parishes included in Region 10 are: Ascension, Assumption, Lafourche, St. Charles, St. James, St. John, St. Mary, and Terrebonne. Entry fee for the Region 10 Social Studies Fair is $17.00 per project; $30 for group projects
Check or Money Order only. NO CASH ACCEPTED!

The five divisions are: Division I, grades 4-5; Division II, grades 6-8; Division III, grades 9-12; Special Education I, grades 4-8; Special Education II, grades 9-12.

 

Regional Fair Entrance Requirements

  1. Each parish may send ONE group and ONE individual project PER DISCIPLINE, PER DIVISION in which it holds a parish fair.
  2. Schools may enter on an individual basis in a division for which there is no parish fair.
  3. Each school not participating in a parish fair may send one group and one individual project per discipline per division.
  4. Non-public schools may opt to participate within the public school’s system competition or to participate separately.

Both individual project and group project entry forms have been included in the booklet, and you are asked to remove them and duplicate any additional copies you need. The deadline for returning entry forms is February 7, 2014 (no exceptions). A separate entry form must be completed for every individual and/or group project submitted.

Upon receipt of each entry form a project number will be assigned. Each student or group will then be mailed a letter giving the project number and instructions concerning time and place for setting up project, time of judging, time of awards ceremony, and other general instructions. The student or group sponsor should bring the letter to the regional fair.

Fair Regulations

All students going to the Social Studies Fair should be familiar with and agree to abide by these regulations. Fair directors are encouraged to duplicate these regulations and give them to students.

  1. Projects must conform to “division” level and to academic discipline at both the Regional and State competition. Group projects must have “one” person designated as spokesperson for the group. (A group project is one in which at least two students were involved in its development.) The Social Studies Fair Director cannot assume responsibility for incorrectly completed forms. No projects will be changed from one category to another at the Regional or State Fair.
  2. The exhibitor will be allowed a maximum of four (4) minutes to explain, defend, and answer questions on the project. It is mandatory that student presentations not exceed two (2) minutes in order to give the judges time for questions. Judges will use the remaining two (2) minutes for questions and answers.
  3. Projects are limited to a table space of thirty (30) inches deep (front-to-back) and thirty-six (36) inches wide (side-to-side). All elements of the project must fit within the space assigned at the Fair and not encroach on adjacent space. No part of the project may be under the display table. No project may exceed 100 pounds in weight and 100 inches in height. Projects must be self explanatory, stand by themselves, and have side boards.
  4. All projects must be accompanied by a research paper with the appropriate elements. These elements must include properly written/typed:
Division I & II
Title Page
Table of Contents
Abstract Page
Body of Research Paper
Conclusion Page
Bibliography Page (sources generally used to prepare the paper)
Division III
Title Page
Table of Contents
Abstract Page
Body of Research Paper
Conclusion Page
Footnotes/Endnotes Page
Bibliography Page (sources generally used to prepare the paper)
  1. In regional competition, these and other elements are required by the Regional Fair director. Winning projects at the State Fair must include the aforementioned elements. Footnotes and a typed research paper are required for Division III winners only. Any standard research form (APA, MLA, Chicago Style, Turabian, etc.) for citations (footnoted/endnotes) is acceptable. All information (including oral information) must be properly cited.
    The abstract is a brief (250 words or less) summary of the content and purpose of the project.
    Project papers in Division I and II MAY be handwritten or typed; Division III papers MUST BE TYPED.
  2. Cassette players, light bulbs, batteries, etc. must be provided by the entrant. All projects requiring electricity must be accompanied by a minimum 100 foot extension cord. All extension cords MUST be secured to the floor with “duct” tape. Also, projects using computers must have electrical surge protection devices. All equipment must be contained within the space allocated for the project.
  3. The entrant’s name, school, home town, or other identifying information is not to be visible anywhere on the project or research paper.
  4. NO LIVE ANIMALS OR ANY TYPE EMBRYOS OR FETUSES MAY BE EXHIBITED. Only properly prepared animal skins, hides, or stuffed animals can be used in exhibits.
  5. The Fair is not responsible for valuables left on display, especially audio-visual or computer equipment.
  6. One presenter per project will be allowed to defend the project.
  7. No individual will be allowed to defend more than one project.
  8. There is to be no communication between students and parents, teachers, or other participants while a student is being judged.
  9. Projects not removed after the awards ceremony will be removed and discarded by fair site personnel during clean-up operations.
  10. Parents and guests will be asked to leave the Fair site during the judging, HOWEVER, a school representative must be present to supervise students at ALL TIMES.
  11. Do not leave your project until the judging in your division/discipline has ended. Notification will be given to students in the Fair site at the end of judging in each area. If your division/discipline has been dismissed and you have not been judged, contact the Fair Director immediately!
  12. Do not bring food or beverages into the project display area.
  13. Students must strictly adhere to instructions given by Fair Director and University staff.
  14. No additional entries from the local competitions will be accepted the day of the Regional Fair. Only entries certified by local Fair Directors and received by the deadline are acceptable.
  15. Do not block either the aisles or exit/entry corridors, especially during the awards ceremony.
  16. If you have a problem or need information, please contact the Fair staff stationed on the floor for assistance and official information.
  17. Projects may be modified or improved between fairs; however, the main theme, title, and discipline must be maintained.
  18. The Regional Directors and State Fair Director have the authority to make decisions not covered in these regulations on all matters related to their respective fairs.
  19. Decisions of judges are final and are not subject to review or appeal.
  20. Failure by a student, parent, or teacher to adhere to Fair regulations or requests from the Fair Director will result in disqualification of the respective student project.
  21. Parents and/or personnel are responsible for the supervision and safety of the entrant.
  22. Judges’ evaluation forms for projects will not be made public following the conclusion of the state fair.
  23. Food service facilities are located on the Nicholls campus and in the area immediately adjacent to campus. (Food may not be brought into the project display area.)
  24. Telephones and restroom facilities are available within walking distance.
  25. Please observe all Nicholls campus parking regulations, especially during the loading and unloading of projects. A special area has been designated for unloading projects. Do not leave your vehicle there. You must move your car to a designated parking area immediately.
  26. Once projects are set up for display in the Union, students are both free and encouraged to visit the Nicholls campus until the time for judging.
  27. No exhibits are to display archaeological artifacts or human remains of any kind. (State law 1991 – Act 704)
  28. State Fair Participation: All first place and second place project winners in Division I, II, and III at the Regional Fair will be invited to participate in the State Fair. Students will receive the State Fair registration form at the Regional Awards ceremony. Special Education projects do not advance to the State competition.


Identification of Major Disciplines 
for Classification Purposes

The following is a list of the various social studies related disciplines. The descriptions should assist both students and teachers in properly assigning projects to a correct area. Please note the importance of “people” in each area; it is critically important that all projects stress the role of “people” within each area.

Anthropology — Culture developed by people living and thinking together.
Cultural patterns differ widely among peoples of the world. Each nation has different mores and folkways. Group culture is influenced by the material factors of life. Nations are influenced by other nations in patterns of daily living. The human race has passed through many stages of cultural changes.

Economics — Wants and needs satisfied by people laboring.
People utilize their natural environment to satisfy needs and wants. People increase material satisfaction by the exchange of goods and services. They are faced by problems of changing economics, methods, and organizations.

Geography — People and nature interact.
The management and utilization of the natural environment is a major problem for people. The natural environment is greatly diversified, offering both opportunities and restrictions to activities. The natural environment provides the setting and raw material for human activities and is, in turn, altered by the activity. Constant interaction between man and his environment takes place. The geographer studies both the physical and the cultural elements of the environment as well as the interaction between the two.

History — The continuous narrative of human progress.
Nothing in history has occurred in isolation or in a vacuum. The concepts of continuity and change, of cause and effect relationships, and of evolutionary character are understood only when events are linked in the long passage of time.

Louisiana History — The history of Louisiana is long and rich.
From its earliest settlement by Native Americans to its status as linchpin of an empire to its incorporation as a U. S. state, it has been successively bathed in the cultural influences of Native Americans, French, Spanish, and Caribbean, Africans, and the English, and has subsequently developed a rich and unique creolization of cultures and events.

Political Science — Group living regulated by social control.
Social controls are essential in group living. People have developed means of regulating group life. Agencies of social control undergo constant change. Society has established regulations to govern human behavior. Different nations have different methods of human control.

Sociology — People living in groups.
Group living is the result of people’s social needs. Group living necessitates cooperation within and among groups. Groups are constantly changing in nature and functions. Individual adjustment to group living is constantly necessary.


Awards

Being the sole entry for a particular classification does not guarrantee placing.

A. Ribbons
A first, second, and third place ribbon will be awarded in each discipline of each division for both individual and group projects.

B. Certificates
A certificate will be presented to the first and second place winner in each discipline of each division, both for individual and group projects.


Criteria for Judging

Research

Poor

Fair

Good

Excellent

Superior

Depth of research
Scope of subject matter
Purpose/research/conclusions clearly stated

1

2

3

4

5

Oral Presentation

Poor

Fair

Good

Excellent

Superior

Knowledge of subject matter
Speaking ability
Flow of speech
Quality of presentation

1

2

3

4

5

Display (Board)

Poor

Fair

Good

Excellent

Superior

Self explanatory
Educational
Reflects thought, research, and organization
Neat, attractive, sturdy

1

2

3

4

5

Creative Ability

Poor

Fair

Good

Excellent

Superior

Subject shows creative ability and organization in development of topic

1

2

3

4

5

OVERALL RATING

Poor

Fair

Good

Excellent

Superior


Helpful Hints

  1. An area for unloading projects is reserved in the parking lot behind the Student Union across from the Library. However, be prepared to park your car some distance from the Union. Generally, conditions for unloading projects are best between 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
  2. The public is encouraged to view the projects between 10:30 – 11:15 am.
  3. Those involved in the fair are invited to have lunch in the cafeteria or the Student Union at that time as well.
  4. Participants must remove their projects from the Union at the close of the awards presentation.
  5. All entries should be submitted by the school at one time.
  6. The designation of a discipline is the student and sponsor’s decision and will not be changed the day of the fair.
  7. All entry forms must be reviewed by the sponsoring teacher prior to submission by the school to the regional fair.
  8. All rules and regulations must be followed. Please note details, (e.g. exact project size, time limits, presentation, written papers, discipline entered.)

 

Louisiana State Social Studies Fair 2014

May 6, 2014

The schedule of the State Social Studies Fair is :

7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Project Registration

9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Judges’ Meeting/Judge orientation

10:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Judging of Projects

1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Processing of judges forms

1:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Public Viewing of Projects

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Award Ceremony

3:30 p.m. Removal of Projects

1. The Louisiana State Social Studies Fair will present special awards as designated in different areas and disciplines. The project will have to follow all the specifications as any other project (backboard and physical model) but can contain a technology element that helps in the presentation of the project.

Projectors and screens are not permitted to be set up for presentation. A laptop and PowerPoint presentation may not be used to take the place of a backboard or physical model.

2. Participants and their parents must make their own arrangements for staying in hotels. The Isle of Capri Hotel has a discounted rate available to those who register stating that the students are participating in the State Social Studies Fair. The Isle of Capri Inn is located on the grounds, but is not attached to the Isle of Capri Hotel. The Inn charge for parents and participants will be $63.00 per night and for the Tower will be $81.00 per night. Only 60 double rooms at the Inn and 40 double rooms at the Tower are available. It is imperative that you state SSSFair when making reservations. The phone number is 1-888-ISLE-VIP (475-3847).

3. The state registration fee of $25.00 must be collected for each project entered by a regional fair director for participation in the state fair. The check made out to the State Fair is payable to the Louisiana Social Studies Fair.

4. The regional director will collect all fees for his or her region. One regional check must accompany all project registrations from each school. The regional director will remit all registrations and fees to the State Fair Director. All fees must be received by April 21, 2014.

5. Each region will be allowed 72 entries to the State Fair, unless otherwise directed. The qualifiers are listed as follows:

a) First and Second Place Winners in Division I, II, and III for Individual Projects

b) First and Second Place Winners in Division I, II, and III for Group Projects

6. Participants in the fair must follow parking regulations.

7. School uniforms may not be worn by participants at the State Fair. Names of schools, teachers, students, etc., may not be worn on buttons, ribbons, on the project, within the research paper, etc.

8. Participants may not utilize cell phones, two-way radios, or any other communication device while judging is being conducted. Any participant caught violating this rule is subject to immediate disqualification. Parents can be assured that their child will be allowed to call them on such devices when their project category has been completely judged, in order to arrange a meeting place.

9. Fair participants will be judged for a total of 4 minutes: 2 minutes to present their project to the judges and 2 minutes of questioning related to the project by the judges.

10. Please make sure your child has eaten before judging. Children should eat a substantial meal due to the length of judging.

11. Participants are responsible for all equipment and/or personal belongings that are used for the project or carried into the arena; this includes extension cords and power strips. The Louisiana State Social Studies Fair and the Burton Coliseum are not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged equipment.

12. Following judging, participants will be released once ALL projects in their particular category are completely judged. At that time they must exit the judging area.

13. Only one participant will be allowed to present a project: this includes group projects. Group project participants must decide which member of the group will present the project. All other group members will not be allowed in the judging area once judging has begun.

14. Parents and guardians are not allowed in the judging area. Parents are asked to wait for his or her child outside the arena. We cannot allow anyone to wait inside the arena during judging due to noise. The arena concession stands on one side of the arena will be opened during judging for those waiting for students.

15. The decision of the judges is final.

16. Please remain seated until the entire award ceremony is complete in order to give everyone a chance to be acknowledged properly for his/her success.

17. Once award ceremony is complete you are free to take your project.

18. All projects that remain following the end of the awards ceremony will be discarded. The State Social Studies Fair Committee will NOT hold, store, guard projects that are not removed by the end of the Fair day.

19. Awards for winners in the seven disciplines will be recognized with 5 places: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th . (Such awards are planned for the 2014 Fair only. (The membership of the Louisiana State Social Studies Fair officers and regional directors will make a future decision regarding the 2015 Fair awards.)


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