THE themes for the 2014 project competitions have been announced.
As a team event, projects are a great opportunity for the Under 11s, Under 13s and Under 16s to research a topic, design a presentation and express their ideas. A team may be all boys, all girls or mixed with a minimum of two and maximum of four members.
There is great benefit to participating in the project as it engages so many skills. Competitors research a subject and think for themselves what they would like to say about it. There is an art and design element as the project may be supported with posters, display books, photographs, handmade models or other suitable means excluding electronic media.
The maximum exhibition space is 2m high by 2m wide and includes a table of 61cm by 1cm. The floor may not be used for exhibits. Finally, the presentation itself is a good opportunity for competitors to speak and answer questions on their topic.
The following judging criteria are applied: range, depth and quality of research (30 marks); originality and unique approach (20 marks); quality and use of various media for presentation (20 Marks); and knowledge of topic (30 Marks). As there is a considerable amount of work, competitors should ideally start their projects early.
This year, the Under 11 (over 9) competitors have two topics to choose from:
'My County': Present a project based on your own county; in it outline some of the defining features of your county, its history, and any other information and images, which you deem necessary.
Or, 'Endangered Animals of the World': Present a project based on any endangered species of your choice.
The Under 13 (over 11) project is on 'The Role of the Internet': Research and present a project based on the history of the internet, exploring its development over time and the influences it has had on many different aspects of life. E.g. Education / Business / Social
Under 16 (over 13) competitors are asked to 'Research and discuss the influence pop music and the culture surrounding it has on young people today': Present a project based on the above statement.
Reminders competitions commence in February, closing dates for completed panel forms will be ten days prior to competition.
Feb 1 Recitation & Music competitions in Abbeydorney
Feb 2 All dancing, Choir & Singing competitions Abbeydorney
Feb 8 Badminton in Moyvane
Feb 9 Boys U10 Indoor soccer Mountcoal & Listowel
Feb 15 Table Tennis Balloonagh School Tralee
Feb 16 Boys U13 Indoor soccer Mountcoal & Listowel