Frequently Asked Questions

REGISTRATION

When is the registration window?   

Opens: November 1, 2014

Closes: January 16, 2015 


The link will be posted here once registration is open.

Who does the registering? 

Each student or team may register using the above link.  You may ask for help from your school contact or contact Julie Sway at jsway@gatechfair.org. 

How many projects may a student enter? 

A student may register for one project in the Chattahoochee Valley Regional Technology Fair in addition to the Technology Literacy Challenge category.  A student may enter as an individual or as a member of a team, but NOT BOTH.

How many students may be on a team? 

A team consists of two students only. These rules are consistent with the state tech fair rules.

What if team members are in different age groupings?

If the grade levels of team members fall in two different age groupings, the team will compete in the age grouping of the older student. These rules are consistent with the state tech fair rules.

Must both team members attend the competition? 

The team can be represented by one registered member.

 

 

TIMEFRAME

What time do I need to be there?

Students will receive a judging appointment time this year. Students must check in 20 minutes before their appointment time. Our judges are on a strict time schedule and each project must be judged at the given time.  There will be no changing or trading of times after the appointments have been set. There will be absolutely no trading of times on the day of the competition. The times have been arranged to consider all the projects in each category, the room placement, grade level groupings, and the awards ceremony.

 

 

JUDGING

What time does my child compete as he/she has other commitments that day?

Each project will be assigned a specific judging time. The student must check in at least 20 minutes before the scheduled judge time, but they can leave after they have been judged.  Please contact Julie Sway at jsway@gatechfair.org to request specific times.  While we cannot guarantee certain times, every effort will be made to work with other commitments your child may have that day. 

What awards are given for the Tech Competition? 

Awards will be given in each grade/category for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.

Do I have to remain at the Tech Competition all day?

No, you only need to be at the Tech Competition until after your project is judged.  If you place 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in your category, and you are not at the award’s ceremony to receive your medal, it will be sent to your school. 

How will winners be announced?

In addition to the award’s ceremony, winners will be posted on the Chattahoochee Valley web site. 

With what other projects will my project be compared? 

All projects within a category in the same grade grouping will be judged by the same set of judges. For example, the same judges will see ALL 7-8 grade Digital Photography projects. Therefore, the same judges compare the attributes of every project that is competing in a given category and grade level.

How are the winning projects determined? 

Teams of two judges will interview each participant for no more than 15 minutes and see the project. If a project (video, slideshow, presentation, etc.) is longer than about five minutes, the judges will view just a portion of the project. The judges use a rubric guide and suggested questions to evaluate each project. After completing the judging of all projects in a grade/category, the judges will rank the projects and the top three will be recognized. All decisions of the judges are final, and the Tech Competition staff does not change judging results.

Can I see the judge's materials after judging is over? 

Judge's materials are not shared. Judges turn them over to Competition officials until after the Competition closes at which time they are destroyed. All decisions of the judges are final and Competition officials do not change any judge's results. Tech Competition planners appreciate the dedication of the judges who give up a Saturday to help make the Competition a reality and we stand by the decisions of the judges.

Why isn't the Tech Competition set up like a Science Fair with open viewing for parents and students? 

Science Fair judges evaluate projects in the absence of the student who created it. Projects are static displays that are set up and left for viewing by judges and visitors. Tech Competition judging is interactive and involves judges meeting with the students who created the project. Most Tech Competition projects are not static displays and must be observed in operation. If judge interviewing were going on with visitors moving throughout the judging area, it would be very hard to hear and to focus on the project and student.

Can adults or other students help me with my project? 

Yes, it is perfectly acceptable to receive help from others when working on your project. However, the project is to be a work by the student or student team of two. Any help should be to assist the student in the creation of the project and judges will expect a student to explain ANY aspect of a project's function. If someone else helps you do something, be sure that you understand how to explain it to the judges.