Project Levels

Printed here are the descriptions of the four levels of complexity for the three categories of projects. Students aiming for maximum competitive success in the regional fair should aim to devise projects at the fourth level of complexity. So in other words if you would like to be successful at the fair, be creative and aim for a level 4 project!!

EXPERIMENTS

LEVEL 1 - Duplicate a known experiment to confirm a hypothesis which is totally predictable.

LEVEL 2 - Extend a known experiment through modification of hypothesis, procedures, data gathering, application, research so that hypothesis is somewhat predictable.

LEVEL 3 - Devise and carry out an original experiment with controls. Variables are identified. Some significant variables are controlled. Hypothesis is less predictable. Data analysis includes graphic representation with simple statistics.

LEVEL 4 - Devise and carry out an original experimental research which attempts to control most significant variables. Hypothesis is not predictable. Data analysis includes statistical analysis.

STUDIES

LEVEL 1 - Study of existing printed material relating to the basic issue.

LEVEL 2 - Study of material collected through compilation of existing data and through personal observations. Display attempts to address a specific issue.

LEVEL 3 - Study based on observations and literary research illustrating various options for dealing with a relevant issue. Appropriate arithmetic, graphical or statistical analysis in relation to some significant variable(s).

LEVEL 4 - Study correlating information from a variety of significant sources which may illustrate cause and effect or original solutions to current problems through synthesis. Significant variable(s) identified with in-depth statistical analysis of data.

INNOVATIONS

LEVEL 1 - Build a model (device) to duplicate existing technology.

LEVEL 2 - Make improvements to, or demonstrate new applications for, existing technological systems or equipment and be able to justify them.

LEVEL 3 - Design and build innovative technology or provide adaptations to existing technology that will have economical applications and/or human benefit.

LEVEL 4 - Integrate several technologies, inventions or design and construct an innovative technological system that will have commercial application and/or human benefit.