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Illinois Junior Academy of Science


Policy & Procedure Manual


September 2016 – August 2018
This Policy and Procedure Manual replaces and supersedes all previous publications.

A copy of this manual should be given to all project sponsors and student participants

This Manual May Be Downloaded from the IJAS Website and Duplicated as Needed


Official Website
www.ijas.org


Aims and Objectives of the Policy and Procedure Manual

The primary aim of this manual is to communicate the information needed by the student and sponsor so that a safe and humane experimental project or paper is presented at the regional and state expositions. Please read this book carefully and resolve any questions before you enter a project or paper.

The Illinois Junior Academy of Science expects all schools and regions to follow all rules, regulations, and guidelines of the state organization. The Illinois Junior Academy of Science will insist that all projects and papers entered into state competition meet all of the rules, regulations, and guidelines of the Illinois Junior Academy of Science. No arbitrary safety procedures or rules may be instituted at the regional level that will limit a school or student's participation at a regional fair and potentially prevent a student advancing to the state level.

Projects that are sent to the State Science Exposition that do not meet the rules, regulations, and guidelines of the Illinois Junior Academy of Science will be disqualified.

The Board of Directors of the Illinois Junior Academy of Science will allow no exceptions to the rules and guidelines as stated in this policy and procedure manual.

Safety rules are not meant to be barriers to progress that have been arbitrarily imposed to make it difficult for students to present a project. The objective of the Policy and Procedure Manual is to provide policies and procedures that are designed for the safety of the experimenter, as well as the safety of those that will judge and/or view the project.



Join IJAS!

Membership in IJAS is open to all public and private schools, including home schools, in the State of Illinois.

Find out how rewarding participation in IJAS activities can be. Visit us on the web at:

www.ijas.org

Join by December 31 to take advantage of our regular annual membership fee.

Note: All participants in IJAS activities, projects or sessions at the State Exposition must be enrolled in IJAS member schools. IJAS Membership is determined at the state level. No regional rules, regulations, or procedures regarding membership may supersede those of the state. Regions must accept schools placed in their region by the state. Any discriminatory practices against a school, group, or program will not be tolerated.

Policy and Procedure

Manual Editors

Jacki Naughton Kathleen Pericak-

Jann Hawkins Spector

Christina Palffy Sue Ellen Gerchman

June 2016

This manual may be downloaded

from the IJAS website and duplicated as needed.



The Illinois Junior Academy of Science
Policy and Procedure Manual
Effective September 2016 through August 2018


This Policy and Procedure Manual replaces and supersedes all previous publications
This Policy and Procedure Manual is reviewed and revised every two years. Please note the following changes and modifications from previous years.


  • Project Session is now referred to as Poster Session

  • All Paper Session entries will be submitted electronically

Table of Contents




Topic

Page(s)

Aims and Objectives of the Policy and Procedure Manual

2

Table of Contents

3-4

Mission Statement

5

What is a Scientific Exposition?

5

Illinois State Goals and Standards

6

The Science Project – Categories

7-8

Choosing a Topic

9

Using the Scientific and Design Processes

10-12

Rules and Regulations

13

Safety Guidelines for Experimentation

14-19

Chemical

14

Electrical and Mechanical

14

Fire and Radiation Safety

15

Firearm and Explosive Safety

15-16

Drone Safety

16

Biological

16-19

Use and Care of Humans as Test Subjects

16

Use and Care of Non-Human Vertebrates

17

Use and Care of Microorganisms

18

Special Circumstances/Exceptions

19

Communication

20

Writing a Scientific Research Paper for an Investigation

20

Technical Points of a Scientific Paper

20

Desired Qualities of Scientific Writing

20

The Physical Arrangement of the Written Report (Experimental & Design)

21-23

Oral Presentation

24

Poster Session Display Guidelines/Rules

25

Planning an Attractive Display

25

Paper Session - Rules

26

Topic

Page(s)

Essay Contests

26-27

Student Officer Essay Contest

26

Additional Essay Contests

27

Artistic Design Contest

28

Judging Criteria for Posters and Papers (Experimental & Design)

29-33

Criteria for Experimental Investigations

29

Evidence of Experimental Processing Skills

29

Scientific Communication – Display

29

Scientific Communication - Oral Presentation

29

Written Report

30

Criteria for Design Investigations

31

Evidence of Design Processing Skills

31

Scientific Communication – Display

31

Scientific Communication - Oral Presentation

31

Written Report

32

Rating Criteria

32-33

Judging Information for the Poster and Paper Sessions

33-34

An Overview

33

Judging Mechanics

33-34

Information for Teachers, Sponsors, and Parents

35-36

Information for Sponsors and Teachers

35

Information for Parents

36

Appendix

37-50

Appendix Table of Contents

37

Student Project Checklist

38

Student Safety Checklist

39

APA Resource Websites

40

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

41

College Readiness Standards (CRS)

42

Common Core State Standards (CCSS)

43

Official Forms and Endorsements

44-50

Abstract Form

44

Safety Sheet

45

Humans as Test Subjects Endorsement Form

46

Non-Human Vertebrate Endorsement Form

47

Tissue Culture Endorsement Form

48

Microorganism Endorsement Form

49

Essay Cover Page

50

Illinois Junior Academy of Science Regions

51


Illinois Junior Academy of Science




Mission Statement
The mission of the Illinois Junior Academy of Science is to present science as a rational observation and systematic investigation of natural phenomena; to stress the importance of critical thinking and logical reasoning; and to encourage students to view science as an interdisciplinary study applicable to society and its interactions with the environment.
What is an Exposition?

An Exposition is the occasion at which students present their scientific posters and papers to judging teams and to other participants and visitors. The exposition may be local, regional, or statewide; it may involve from fewer than ten to over a thousand posters and papers. A science exposition is not a competition. Students do not compete against one another nor do schools compete against other schools. Each poster or paper is independently judged against a set of objective scientific criteria.
Science exposition means different things to different people:

  • To students, it means an opportunity to pursue some aspect of science, which is interesting to them, and to learn first-hand the basics of the scientific and/or processes.

  • To teachers, it is an incentive that may be placed before the more science-oriented student.

  • To all of us, it provides encouragement and recognition for those students who may become the scientists of the future.


All Illinois schools, public and non-public (including home schools), which enroll students in grades seven through twelve, are invited to join the Illinois Junior Academy of Science (IJAS) and participate in the IJAS-sponsored science exposition by contacting the IJAS. You will find that there are many people willing to help you with student problems, with the local fair or exposition, and with the regional and the state exposition. For you, as a sponsor or student participant, this Policy and Procedure Manual represents one source of assistance.
All participants at all local, regional, and state expositions, to assure safety and minimize confusion, should follow the rules and regulations described and detailed in this policy manual.



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