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What is the Center for Science Teaching and Learning?
The Center for Science Teaching and Learning, or CSTL, is situated within Tanglewood Preserve—a nature preserve in Rockville Centre, NY. Our mission is simple: to encourage science learning and literacy in everyone, children as well as adults. CSTL is a 501(C3) nonprofit organization that is operated by a passionate, intelligent, and highly qualified staff that includes scientists, certified teachers, former school administrators, and skilled artists and craftsman. These professionals are dedicated to incorporating each of the three basic core sciences—Life science, Physical science, and Earth science —into an experience in a way that engages people, making learning a real adventure.
In what form is the prize money paid?
All prizes are awarded in US dollars, and will be mailed to the address listed on the registration. After registration closes on April 30th, 2019, you will not be able to edit this information any further. Please make sure the recipient will have access to the address in June or July 2019.
What are the important dates for the 2020 competition
Registration begins October 16th, 2019, registration ends April 30th, 2020, the finals competition is May 27th 2020. Exact date will be coming soon!
Can I edit my team information?
No, you cannot edit your team member information during a given research year, except under extenuating circumstances.
Who can serve as an Adult Sponsor?
- An Adult Sponsor may be a teacher, parent, professor, and/or other professional scientist who is knowledgeable in the area of student research. They do not need to have supervised the research themselves, but they must they are responsible for certifying that all research was done in the correct and proper format, following all safety standards and anything else pertaining to the standards for research.
Who is eligible to participate?
Any student that attends High School in Nassau or Suffolk counties on Long Island, NY (NO AGE LIMIT)
Is there an entry fee?
Yes, a nonrefundable $25 fee per team is either due at the time of registration, or must be sent in to the Center for Science Teaching & Learning.
How does my school pay?
The Administrator will begin reaching out to schools in April to see if they believe they have registered all interested Teams, and then they will be sent an invoice to be paid before the Competition. If you are a teacher or coordinator and believe all teams have registered before then, please feel free to reach out and request an invoice!
Does my design need to be original?
The team’s entry must be an original work created by the team members, and the team must have all necessary rights to submit the entry. The entry may be an improvement on existing design; however, it must contain substantial new, original elements and only these original elements will be considered when being judged. Any existing ideas/designs must be clearly denoted. All team members are responsible for contributing work towards the creation and/or completion of the entry.
How may I compete in the competition?
Anyone who wishes to compete must simply register before April 30th, 2020, pay the registration fee, and show up to the competition event in May of 2020 with all the correct paperwork filled out. Some of this paperwork may require preapproval by a Scientific Review Committee or an Institutional Review Board, and further details on this can be found in the Rules.
Where is the competition being held?
The competition event will be held on Long Island, NY. The exact location will be announced closer to the date of the event.
What do I need to bring to the finals?
For the finals, every team needs to bring with them forms (1) and (2). If they used human participants, they must also bring form (3). If the team required approval by any institutional body, they must bring those forms with them as well. Every student must also bring a Molloy Permission Slip unless they are attending with a parent or guardian. Students will not be allowed to enter without one.
Other than that, all that is needed is your presentation materials that you wish to display that fit into the dimensional guidelines outlined in the rules.
Will there be a power source available?
There will not be any provided power source at the display table.