S^4 Super Summer Science Search™ 2014 Contest
Official Rules for Entering
Open to all outgoing 6th-8th graders in Cupertino Unified School District
Sponsored by the Cupertino Library Foundation in conjunction with the Cupertino Library and its Teen Advisory Board
The Cupertino Library Foundation’s 2014 S^4 Super Summer Science Search Contest™ is open to outgoing 6th-8th graders in the Cupertino Unified School District (CUSD).
Qualified students may enter individually, or in teams with up to 3 total qualifying students on a team. Each student must complete his or her own registration.
S^4 Super Summer Science Search Links
- About S^4
- S^4 Super Science Search Contest
- Official Contest Rules for Entering
- Study Sessions
- Getting Your Project Started
- Contest Problem Statement
- Database Suggestions
The Official 2014 S^4 Super Summer Science Search Contest “Problem Statement” Assignment
Step 1: Choose from one of these four categories: technology, medicine, music, art.
Answer the following:
- Why did you choose this category?
Step 2: Choose a specific topic, contribution, or invention that relates to the category you chose.
Answer the following:
- Tell us how this topic, contribution or invention relates to science.
- What is its scientific influence today? What might it be in the future?
- If you would have been on the original research team for your topic as it relates to science, what are some improvements you would implement?
Registration for the contest is between June 1, 2014, and July 1, 2014. You must register by July 1, 2014, to be a part of the contest.
The deadline to submit your contest entry is between July 1, 2014 and Midnight PDT, August 1, 2014.
A link to submit your entry will be available here on July 1, 2014.
See more deadline and award ceremony information at the end of this page.
There are six study sessions staffed by high school and adult volunteers between early May and late July to help contestants understand how to prepare their entries, and to answer any questions they may have.
Please see our Study Session page for times and dates.
The Cupertino Library Foundation’s S^4 Super Summer Science Search Contest is open to outgoing 6th-8th graders in Cupertino Unified School District.
Participants agree to abide by the terms of these official rules and by the decisions of the Cupertino Library Foundation, which are final and binding on all matters pertaining to the contest. Participants under the age of 18 must obtain the consent of a parent or legal guardian (see entry form) to enter the contest.
The Cupertino Library Foundation reserves the right to disqualify any participant that it determines, in its sole discretion, is ineligible to participate in the contest. Employees, officers, and directors, (and their immediate family members and members of the same households, whether related or not) of the Cupertino Library Foundation or the Santa Clara County Library District, and judges of this contest, are not eligible to participate.
Participants must produce their own work. Entries must be submitted electronically in any of the following formats:
- Word (.docx, .doc)
- PowerPoint (.pptx, .ppt)
- Acrobat PDF (.pdf)
- Text (.txt)
- Common video formats such as .avi and .mov
Your written report and research citings should follow MLA (Modern Language Association) formatting as outlined on the Purdue OWL website.
No purchase is necessary, and there is no fee to enter or to win.
Students are required to use the Santa Clara County Library to research the pros and cons of technical advances, and address the contest entry questions.
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All entries must include the participant’s name in addition to the names of any team members.
Requirements for entries include:
- A 3-5 page electronic report (includes steps 1 and 2 from “Problem Statement”)
- A list of research citings from suggested Santa Clara County Library science/other databases
- A typed journal (submitted electronically; up to 5 pages)
- A presentation-video preferred no more than 5 minutes
Entries must be submitted online and completed forms must be received by 11:59 pm PDT on August 1, 2014.
Entries without the necessary consent of a parent or legal guardian will not be accepted. Any fraudulent information provided by participants will lead to immediate disqualification from the contest. All entries will become the property of the Cupertino Library Foundation upon submission and will not be returned. All winning entries may be reproduced and distributed in the Cupertino Library Foundation’s or Santa Clara County Library District’s publications, as well as posted on their respective websites. Winning entries may be used for other purposes if determined by the Cupertino Library Foundation that such use would advance its mission. The Cupertino Library Foundation reserves the right to edit for length all entries used in any of its publications or posted on its website.
Representatives of the Santa Clara County Library District and the Cupertino Library Foundation will select first place, second place and third place winners.
All entries will be judged according to the criteria listed below.
1. Understanding of the topic: An outstanding entry will demonstrate that the participant or team of participants has researched, analyzed and presented clear conclusions concerning the chosen category and topic as outlined in the questions. Entries must consider at least the following items, and students are encouraged to use innovative approaches that go beyond these requirements:
- How the topic, contribution or invention relates to science.
- The scientific influence today of the topic, contribution or invention, and the influence it might have in the future.
- The improvements you would have made had you been on the original research team for your topic as it relates to science.
2. Originality: Participants are fully expected to conduct their own research for reports. Entries should display the participant’s ability to thoughtfully construct an argument and develop unique, cogent, and cohesive ideas.
3. Clarity and effectiveness of style and organization: Entries should be grammatically correct and accurate in terms of spelling and word usage. Entries should present information in a clear and logical manner.
4. Adherence to format and length rules: Entries must adhere to the following requirements:
- Report – 3-5 pages
- Research citings from suggested Santa Clara County Library science/other databases
- Journal – up to 5 pages
- Presentation-video – no more than 5 minutes
All entries must be submitted with a completed official entry form, which includes parental consent if the participant is under the age of 18. The entry form must list the names of all participants.
First Place Team-iPad mini each for up to three team members
Second Place Team-$100 each for up to three team members
Third Place Team-$50 each for up to three team members
Celebration Gathering and certificates for top 20 teams and their families
The winning entries may be published online and in the Cupertino Library Foundation’s or in the Santa Clara County Library District’s newsletters. In addition, each of the four winners, along with two parents/legal guardians each, will receive an invitation to attend an awards ceremony to be held on August 16, 2014 at the Cupertino Community Hall in Cupertino. All prizes are non-transferable, and no substitutions are allowed except by the Cupertino Library Foundation.
Winners will be selected by August 10, 2014 and notified by telephone. If a winner cannot confirm acceptance within 2 calendar days of first notification attempt, if a winner rejects his/her prize, or in the event of noncompliance with these contest rules and requirements, such prize will be forfeited, and an alternate winner will be selected by the Cupertino Library Foundation.
Participation in this contest and acceptance of a prize constitutes the winner’s permission for the Cupertino Library Foundation and Santa Clara County Library District to use his/her name, age, school, likeness, photograph, picture, portrait, voice, biographical information, essay, and/or any statements made by each winner regarding this contest for advertising and promotional purposes without notice or additional compensation, except where prohibited by law. By entering, participants and winners agree to release and hold harmless the Cupertino Library Foundation and Santa Clara County Library District and their employees, officers, and directors, from any and all liability for loss, harm, damage, injury, cost, or expense whatsoever, including without limitation, property damage, personal injury, and/or death, which may occur in connection with participation in this contest or any contest-related activity, or possession, acceptance, and/or use or misuse of a prize and for any claims based on publicity rights, defamation, or invasion of privacy and merchandise delivery. There is no purchase or entry fee required to participate.
Limitation of Liability
The Cupertino Library Foundation reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the contest, as well as to disqualify any individual who violates any rules of the contest.
Contest registration must be submitted between June 1, 2014 and July 1, 2014.
Registered students must submit their entry online by Midnight PDT on August 1, 2014 to their S^4 Groopt account.
Winners will be notified on or about August 10, 2014.
Winners will be announced publicly and presented with their prizes at a special awards ceremony, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Saturday, August 16, 2014.
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