Irondale Physics Fair 2015
Irondale's 12th Annual!
"We only think when confronted with a problem."
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What is Physics Fair?
The Irondale Physics Fair is a long-term group project in which student groups assemble five components into a chain reaction sequence, putting into practice principles of physics and engineering.
Physics Fair has three primary goals:
All Irondale physics students (approximately 200) will be presenting the results of their many weeks of effort.
Project overview handout available here.
Project Design Reports (PDR)
Each PDR is designed to move each group through the project at a reasonable pace. The PDRs are each group's opportunity to demonstrate all that has been accomplished up to that point. Each PDR will be similar in format and have some common features, but each will also have certain unique requirements.
Even if your entire group cannot meet together, don't let that hold you back from making progress. If two of you can meet together, then do it! Your other team members should then make it a point to contribute in other ways (obtaining materials, brainstorming, planning, writing, etc. -- be creative!). No one likes to carry dead weight! Find out more about social loafing.
A crucial skill in the process of engineering a project is adherence to a strict timeline. Therefore, the deadline is class time for any given due date. Broken printers, computers, cameras, missing group members, e-mail malfunctions, etc. are all unfortunate, but are not excuses for a late PDR or a lack of video documentation of progress.
Although there is a penalty for any PDRs that are submitted late, there is an incentive for submitting a PDR early. The professional world often offers a financial benefit to an early project completion. We cannot offer a financial benefit, but we can offer a bonus point incentive for submitting PDRs #2, 3, and/or 4 at least one day prior to its deadline.
Video documentation of progress must accompany each PDR. Lacking video documentation results in a late PDR, the score of which will be reduced 25%. There are no exceptions.
For PDR #2, #3, and #4, video documentation must be submitted as specified by your teacher.
Component Hints (construction & chain reaction)