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COMPETITIONS

The FortisTCI National Science and Technology Fair features four competitions covering science projects, debates, quiz and art. Each event has its own format and spotlights the extraordinary skills and abilities of students.

Project
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National Science Project

High school and primary school teams display their use of the scientific method and findings after months of research and experimentation based on International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) rules and guidelines.

Key things to know

  • Students in grades 4-6 (primary school) and forms 3-5 (high school) are eligible to participate.

  • Only one entry/team per school is permitted. Teams comprises 3-members.

  • Project categories and and information packs can be downloaded on the resources page.

  • Only high school teams are required to submit project abstracts for board review.

  • FortisTCI provide schools with a stipend to assist with purchasing materials.

  • Travel arrangements for schools located on sister islands are covered by FortisTCI. 

What problem do you want to solve?

Many projects could easily fit into more than one International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) category. We highly recommend that you review the entire listing of categories and sub-categories before choosing the category that most accurately describes your project.

Important Dates

  • November 16, 2023  - Project abstracts from high school teams are due. Abstracts should be emailed to sciencefair@fortistci.com 

  • November 20-21, 2023 - Institutional Review Board (IRB)/Scientific Review Committee (SRC) initial review of project abstracts.

  • November 27, 2023 - IRB/SRC release results from initial review of project abstracts.

  • November 30, 2023 - Deadline for submission of revised project abstracts.

  • December 5, 2023 - IRB/SRC final review of project abstracts. IRB/SRC final review of project abstracts.

  • March 7, 2024 – National Science Project Competition hosted during the FortisTCI National Science and Technology Fair.

Prizes

Each student on the winning project team receives an educational grant, a tech-based gift, and a special participant bag. The school also receives a donation towards its science program. The second-place winner also receives a donation for its school science program, and each student on the debate team receives an educational grant. The monetary amounts are tiered.

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National High School Science Debate

Debates span 60-minutes across several days with different moots, argument stances, and debate teams. The preliminaries span 2-3 days and the semi-finals and finals are held during Education Week.

Key things to know

  • Each team comprises three members

  • Based on a team's success across different rounds, students would be required to debate multiple moots and stances across consecutive days. Advanced preparation is recommended.

  • Schools have until November 30, 2023, to replace any previously registered team member should the circumstances arise. Substitute students are generally not permitted except for extenuating circumstances where a team member is no longer able to participate.

  • The preliminaries will be held in February 2024 and the semi-finals and finals will be held on Wednesday, March 6, 2024, during Education Week.

  • Schools are encouraged to register as soon as possible to confirm their interest. An information pack can be downloaded on the resources page.

Important Dates

  • October 23, 2023 – Registration deadline for debate participants. Teachers/Coaches are also required to register. Register here.

  • October 31, 2023 - Release of brackets and official debate topics assigned to participating schools.

  • November 30, 2023 - Deadline for schools to replace any previously registered team member.

  • January 11, 2024 - Pre-event virtual meeting with registered students and coaches. A notification will be issued to registrants regarding the time of the meeting.

  • February 6-7, 2024 – Preliminaries for science debate, takes place at FortisTCI Headquarters.

  • March 6, 2024 – National High School Science Debate hosted during FortisTCI National Science and Technology Fair.

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Prizes

Each student on the winning project team receives an educational grant, a tech-based gift and a special participant bag. The school also receives a donation towards its science program. Second place winner also receives a donation for its school science program, and each student on the debate team receives an educational grant. The monetary amounts are tiered.  

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Primary School Science Quiz

The competition is a science-themed, buzzer based academic quiz for individual students in primary school.

Key things to know

  • Two students per team are required – one from grade 4 and another from grade 5.

  • The Education Department leads the organization of the competition and questions used in the quiz areare based on common science topics recently covered by students at their respective schools.

  • The competition consists of two (2) rounds. The first round allows each team to answer five (5) questions without using the buzzer. The second round, the buzzer round spans 10-minutes, or until all of the tossup questions provided for the competition have been read, whichever comes first. If the score is tied at the end of the game, an additional 2-minute round period will be played.

  • An information pack can be downloaded on the resources page.

Important Dates

  • October 23, 2023 – Registration Deadline for quiz participants. Register here.

  • November 30, 2023  - Deadline for schools to replace any previously registered team member.

  • March 6, 2024 – National Primary School Science Quiz hosted during the FortisTCI National Science and Technology Fair.

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Prizes

Students on 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams receive medals, trophies and a special participant bag. First place school receives a coveted Roving Cup.

Poster
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Art Competition

Students must demonstrate their artistic abilities that are meant to translate the theme of the event into a visual masterpiece. The competition is open to individual students only.

 

The competition is open to individual upper-mid high school and primary school students and has two categories namely creative arts for conventionally hand-crafted entries and graphic arts for computer-generated entries. The artwork is displayed during Education Week.

Important Dates

  • October 23, 2023 – Registration Deadline for participants. Register here.

  • October 31, 2023 – Release of Official 2024  event themes to participating students to develop artwork.

  • November 30, 2023 – Deadline for schools to replace any previously registered team member.

  • March 7, 2024 – National Science Poster Competition hosted during the FortisTCI National Science and Technology Fair.

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Prizes

The winning artwork receives a $100 monetary prize for the school and the student receives a $100 Gift Card for art supplies and a special participant bag.

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