ASEF Natural Sciences Category aims to promote interest in science among school students; exposing them to problem solving, critical thinking and experimentation. A good idea can come from anyone, anywhere. If you are between the age of 10–18 we would like you to join us and share your ideas using science, technology, engineering and mathematics. ASEF Natural Sciences Category aspires to develop scientifically informed, caring and responsible individuals who can think critically and make informed choices about themselves, the environment and society. It provides understanding and solutions to environmental problems using scientific knowledge, too.
The Category of Natural Sciences aims to:
- Develop inquiring minds and curiosity about science and natural world.
- Acquire knowledge, conceptual understanding and skills to solve problems and make informed decisions in scientific contexts.
- Develop skills of: scientific inquiry to design, carrying out scientific investigations and evaluating scientific evidence to draw conclusions.
- Communicate scientific ideas, arguments and practical experiences accurately in a variety of ways.
- Teach to think analytically, critically and creatively to solve problems and also to judge arguments and make decisions in scientific contexts.
- Appreciate the benefits and limitations of science and its application in technological developments.
- Understand the international nature of science and interdependence of science, technology and society: including the benefits, limitations and implications imposed by social, economic, political, environmental, cultural and ethical factors.
- Demonstrate attitudes and develop values of honesty; and respect for themselves, for others and for their shared environment.
- Assess, analyze and provide solutions to environmental pollution problems.
RULES for NATURAL SCIENCES
(Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Energy, Environment and Engineering)
- A student may involve in one project only in natural sciences category.
- Projects may be “individual” or “group” projects. A group project may be prepared and presented by 2 or 3 students.
- Contestants are required to upload into their Project Description Paper latest by 23 February 2019 for Senior Category and 23 March 2019 for Junior Category.
- Contestants are required to prepare a poster for ASEF finals to show the details of their project development. Preparing demonstrations, experiments and/or prototypes for ASEF finals would attract the attention of visitors and jurors.
- A log book and a research paper of the project are essential in ASEF finals.
- Contestants must cover their own expenses for their project materials, stand decorations, brochures, posters, etc.
- Culture plates are not allowed to display as they may contain pathogens and harmful microorganisms.
- Harmful chemicals those may risk health and safety are not allowed to display.
- Scientific methods must be followed in the projects.
- Projects might be a part of a bigger study conducted by professional scientists but the contestant(s) can only present the portion of the study in which they are actively involved.
- Contestants are required to bring their own laptops to finals to if anything is needed to display.
- Contestants must avoid any kind of misconduct or fraud such as falsifying data or records, piracy or plagiarism.
- ASEF steering committee reserves the right of amendment of any ASEF rule.