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Types of projects

All Expo projects need evidence that a learner(s) carried out the project and must include current year results of their own investigation. No results can be copied from another source.

Investigation

An investigation is a project where the problem, or answer to a question, is solved. When undertaking an investigation, a method is followed that allows for the testing of an idea, or finding a solution to a problem, which determines a clear conclusion to the problem or question asked.

Projects for Expo must have original work done by participants, e.g.

  • Survey of more than 100 questionnaires for grades 6 – 9 and 200 survey questionnaires for grades 10 - 12
  • Experimental work with repeated testing and a large sample size

Pure Science

Pure science focuses on learning more about the world we live in by improving our knowledge at a fundamental and basic level. Little or no regard is given to applying this knowledge to practical applications. Pure scientists conduct experiments or studies to test scientific hypotheses and develop theories. An important aspect of this experimentation involves identifying variables and, where possible, controlling them.

Applied Science

Technology and applied technology is the application of pure and applied science knowledge to meet a specific user need, most often in an industrial or commercial setting. Brilliant innovation and invention is less important, rather a systematic method for user need identification as well as technology or knowledge application to meet the need.
A good project would demonstrate the development of a useful technology using a system design, build and test process.

Technology and applied technology

Technology and applied technology is the application of pure and applied science knowledge to meet a specific user need, most often in an industrial or commercial setting.
Brilliant innovation and invention is less important, rather a systematic method for user need identification as well as technology or knowledge application to meet the need.
A good project would demonstrate the development of a useful technology using a system design, build and test process.

Engineering projects

An engineering project should state the engineering goals, development process and the evaluation of improvements. Engineering projects could include the following:

  • Define a need or “How can I make this better?”
  • Develop or establish design criteria.
  • Do background research and review literature to see what has already been done or what products already exist to fill a similar need.
  • Prepare preliminary designs and a list of materials needed. Consider costs, manufacturing and user requirements.
  • Build and test a prototype for the design. Consider reliability, repair and servicing.
  • Retest and redesign as necessary.
  • Present results.

Computer Science projects

These often involve creating and writing new algorithms to solve a problem or improve on an existing algorithm. Simulations, models or “virtual reality”.

Mathematics projects

These involve proofs, solving equations, etc. Mathematics is the language of science and is used to explain existing phenomena or prove new concepts and ideas.

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