GNHD™ 2013 - Natural Science and History Academic Competition for Students
General Rule for the Event (March 2013)
Chapter 1 Introduction
Global Natural History Day™- Natural Science and History Academic Competition for students (GNHD™), sponsored by Global Health & Education Foundation, is an extracurricular activity with the purpose of inspiring teens’ interests in natural historical science and promoting their studying, analyzing, and communication abilities.
English name of the event: Global Natural History Day™(GNHD™)
1. Goals for the Event
GNHD™ is to promote young learner’s passion in natural science and history. It will encourage them to explore, and innovate, with an intrepid and persistent spirit, to pursue the truth in all things through primary research and investigation. This program nurtures many young talents, and also through teamwork, as it aims to promote specific scientific abilities and research skills, with a keen eye to the development of natural science and technology.
2. Organizing Structure
GHEF is the organizer of GNHD™. Local science, education and culture department and related foundations are the supporters. Local natural and history museums are the co-organizers. Media from nation-wide are welcome.
GNHD™ Organizing Committee and Regional Offices are set. Eg: GNHD™ (Shanghai) Organizing Office, GNHD™ (Tianjin) Organizing Office, GNHD™ (Beijing) Organizing Office, etc.
GNHD™ Coordinating Office is located in Shanghai. It has following responsibilities: formulate and revise the general rules, give out activity plan, decide the quota allocation plan, build and maintain the website, coordinate the activities nation-wide, and promote the activities to nation-wide.
GNHD™ local committees are formed by local supporting organizations. GNHD™ local committees are located in local supporting organizations. They have following responsibilities: organize and execute local activities, formulate detail rules according to the general rules, train organizers of all the levels, instruct local activities, and do the promotion.
Local Judge Committees are formed by local experts. Every local Judge Committee has one director and several vice director. Judge Committees work independently according to the general rules.
GNHD™ is an annual activity. The final contest is in August of each year.
4. Target Audience
GNHD™ has Domestic Group (Mandarin-speakers) and International Group (English-speakers)
GNHD™Domestic Group is open to students from primary schools and secondary schools and their tutors. GNHD™ International Group is open to students from Grade 2 to Grade 9 and their tutors. Domestic students and tutors can also compete in the International Group, while English will be the major language during the whole contest and review.
GNHD™ only accepts teams that are formed by less than 2 students and 1 tutor. Tutor applier must be qualified as a full time teacher of primary school or secondary school, or an extramural instructor of educational organization.
The activity is around natural science. The theme is decided annually.
The theme of 2013 is: Great Migrations: Animal, Botanical, Anthropological
Global Health and Education Foundation will award the winning teams that entered the National Finals. Regional organizing offices will award the winning teams of the preliminaries and regional finals.
Chapter 2 Organizing and Management
Local committees should be scientific, standard, efficient, pragmatic, public, and fair.
The participants must register online to get the only code.
Tutors’ name, sex, nationality, ID number (passport, student’s card, or driver’s license for non-Chinese) area, employer and contact information (address, email and telephone) are needed. Students’ name, sex, nationality, ID number (passport, student’s card, or driver’s license for non-Chinese), area, grade and school are needed. A unique code of registration will be created when the required information are correctly submit.
Teams can log into the official website www.gnhd.org and look for information of regional offices. Regional organizing offices will answer enquiries, but not accept anyregistration.
Registration and confirmation of participating in the GNHD™competition must be done on the official website (www.gnhd.org), according to the followingprocesss:
1.1 The participants shall form teams according to GNHD™ Contest Rule Book, and obtain the registration code by registering on the official website.
1.2 International Group (English-speakers Group)
a. Overseas teams shall submit application forms online, confirm participation, andjoin the Regional contests for International Group during the designated time period, and then participate in the Global Finals (Shanghai) according to designated quota.
b. Domestic teams shall submit application forms online, confirm participation, andjoin the Regional contests in Shanghai in June for International Group.
1.3 For all above activities, all expenses (production, transportation, dining and accommodateon) shall be borne by each team. Venues, sightseeing, social events for all teams in Shanghai shall be arranged by the organizer.
3. Quota Allocation
The quota for International Groups is limited at 40 teams, including 20 overseas teams maximum and 20 domestic teams maximum.
The best 30 teams selected out of International Group from Shanghai regional contest in June can consciously apply to join the Global Finals (Shanghai). Applied teams shall pay the application fee, RMB1000 per team, to the regional organizing office. This payment is refundable as soon as the Global Finals (Shanghai) are finished, but not refundable if the team is absent without replacing any reserve team.
The information of preliminary contest and final contest would be announced on website. During the announcing period, any antonymous complaints are accepted (the complainants need to provide related evidence; the committees would keep the complainants’ names and organization secret).
1stPrize - 8 teams
2nd Prize – 12 teams
3rd Prize – 20 teams
Certification of Participation issued by the organizer and regional co-organizer
Global Finals (Shanghai)
1stPrize - 11 teams, Gold pins, certificates, and cash award (RMB3000/team)
2nd Prize – 32 teams (16 individual), Silver pins, certificates, and cash award (RMB1500/team)
3rd Prize – 57 teams, Bronze pins, certificates, and cash award (RMB800/team)
(All above amount is tax included; actual amount will be net income with tax deducted)
As a special award for the Global Finals (Shanghai), all participants entered the Global Finals (Shanghai) can apply for the “Kenneth E. Behring Discovery Trip – South Africa” (1st-10th Feb 2014 as planned). After the interview by the organizationcommittee, the organizer will subsidize the travel expenses of “KEB Discovery Trip” according to winners’ rank in the Global Final (Shanghai). The subsidies offered to the trip member are:
i. 1st Prize: RMB16,000 per person
ii. 2nd Prize: RMB9,000 per person
iii. 3rd Prize: RMB5,000 per person
The above amount of money is only subsidies to who join the “KEB Discovery Trip” and shall not be granted as cash award in any circumstance.
The Limitation of “Kenneth E. Behring Discovery Trip – South Africa” is 36 persons.
The preliminary contest and the final contest are funded by the organizer and the supporting organizations. The participants are responsible for their own transportation fees.
7. Things to Know
Participants volunteer to register online. Once registered, the information could not be revised.
The register person’s information should be the same as the participant’s. Once the two are different, the participants would be disqualified to “Kenneth Behring Discovery Trip”.
Application forms of final contest would be sent to the team’s email address by coordination office. The application forms of the final contest need to be filled as requested. All the materials are not refundable. Please keep your own copy.
Chapter 3 GNHD™ Role Book
Global Natural History Day™ (GNHD™) programs are open to all students and teachers without regard to race, sex, religion, physical abilities, economic status, or sexual orientation. GNHD™ does not discriminate against or limit participation by physically challenged students. GNHD™ staff and affiliate coordinators strive to accommodate students with special needs.
What is GNHD™?
GNHD™, sponsored by Global Health & Education Foundation, is an extracurricular activity aimed to inspire elementary and middle school students’ interest in natural science and promote their studying, analyzing, and communication abilities.
In the contest, you will have chance to communicate with students from other schools by showing them your work. If your work is awarded, you even have the chance to visit museums overseas.
Please read this!
Before you begin work on your entry, you, your teacher, and your parents should read this booklet carefully. It contains rules that you must follow to compete in all levels of the GNHD™ competition. More information on topics, sources, and deadlines are available from your regional and affiliate GNHD™ coordinators.
Each year a theme is selected for the GNHD™ program. Although you may select a topic on any aspect of local, regional, national, or world history, your project’s research and conclusions must clearly to the annual theme. Be careful to limit the scope of your topic to focus on an issue that can be explained within the category limits of size and time.
2. Your Topic
Once you are familiar with this year’s theme, you will select a topic that relates to the theme. Remember to limit the scope of your topic make your research, analysis, interpretation, and presentation manageable. Projects emphasize deep research and possibilities. To be considered “historical”, a topic should be no less than twenty-five to thirty years old.
Effective GNHD™ entries not only describe an event or a development, but they also analyze and place it in its historical context. To help you draw conclusions about your topic’s significance in history, ask yourself the following questions:
How is my topic important in history?
How was my topic significant in history in relation to the GNHD™ theme?
How did my topic develop over time?
How did my topic influence history?
How did the events and atmosphere (social, economic, political, and cultural aspects) of my topic’s time period influence my topic in history?
The most important take away is the technologies and knowledge getting through the participating in the GNHD™ contest. In each level of the contest, you might be awarded certifications, medals, cups, or you even have the chance to go abroad. Special awards from corporations may also be provided.
GNHD™ only accept group registration. All the participants, including teachers and students, participate the activity in teams (2 students and 1 teacher coach) with exhibitions or dramatic performances.
The participants could choose the following two types:
6. Safety Problem
All the contests would be held in public locations. The participants are responsible for their own properties. GNHD™ and the staff are not responsible for any loss of the properties.
The general rules, evaluation samples, and written materials would be available to download on GNHD™’s official website. These materials are helpful to the teachers and students.
II. General Rules
1. General Rules for All Categories
1) Annual Theme
Your entry must relate clearly to the annual theme and explain your topic’s significance in history.
2) Contest Participation
All team members must participate in the research of the entry. The students should finish the explanation part.
3) Development Requirements
Entries submitted for competition must be original and have been researched and developed in the current contest year. Revising or reusing an entry from a previous year—whether it is yours or another student’s—will result in disqualification.
4) Construction of Entry
You are responsible for the research, design, and creation of your entry. You receive help and advice from teachers and parents on the mechanical aspects of creating your entry.
a) You may have help typing your paper and other written materials.
b) You may seek guidance from your teachers as you research and analyze your material, but your conclusions must be your own.
c) You may have photographs and slides commercially developed.
d) You may have reasonable help cutting out your exhibit backboard or performance props (e.g., a parent uses a cutting tool to cut the board that you designed).
5) Contest Day Set-up
You are responsible for setting up your own exhibit, equipment, or props at the contest. You may have reasonable help carrying them, but set-up must be completed by you (and your group members, if applicable) alone.
You are responsible for supplying all props and equipment at each level of competition. All entries should be constructed keeping transportation, set-up time, size, and weight in mind (e.g., foam core v. solid oak for an exhibit; folding table v. antique desk for a performance). Power of electricity and the projection screensare available. You will provide any and all other supplies and equipment necessary for presenting your entry. Please contact your local coordinator for equipment details at that level of competition.
7) Discussion with Judges
You should be prepared to judges’ questions about the content and development of your entry. You will not give a formal, prepared introduction narration, or conclusion. Let the judges’ questions guide the interview. Ultimately, your entry should be able to stand on its own without any additional comments from you. You should be prepared to explain the design, research, and creation of your entry if questioned by the judges. Judges need to know that your entry is the result of your own work.
Only participants in the performance category may wear costumes related to the focus of their entry.
9) Prohibited Materials
Items are potentially dangerous in any way—such as weapons, firearms, animals, organisms, plants, etc. are strictly prohibited. Such items will be confiscated by security personnel or contest officials and may result in disqualification. Replicas of such items that are obviously not real are permissible. Please contact your teacher and contest coordinator to confirm guidelines before bringing the replica to a contest.
Your entry must have a title that is clearly visible on all written materials.
2. Written Material Submission
1) Written Material
Your entry must include the following written material in the order presented below:
a) Title page as described in 2.2
b) Process paper as described in 2.3
c) Annotated bibliography as described in 2.4-2.6
These materials must be typed or neatly printed on plain white paper, and stapled together in the top left corner. Do not enclose them in a cover or binder. You must provide four copies of these materials, except in the Historical Paper and Web Site categories. Students submitting Web Site entries must integrate these required “written” materials into the site. Historical Paper entries include the title page and annotated bibliography only. These entries are submitted electronically—a paper copy is recommended but not required in the Paper category.
2) Title Page
A title page is required as first page of written material in every category. Your title page must include only the title of your entry, your name(s), and the contest division and category in which you are entered. The home page of Web Site entries may serve as the title page-in this case, navigation buttons, images, music, etc. are acceptable.
3) Process Paper
All categories except Historical Paper must include a process paper with the entry. It must describe in 500words or less how you conducted your research and created your entry. The process paper must include four sections that explain:
a) How you chose your topic.
b) How you conducted your research.
c) How you selected your presentation category and created your project.
d) How you project relates to the theme.
You don’t need to list all the references. We only need those have made contribution to your entry.
5) The Separation of Primary and Secondary Sources
You are required to separate your bibliography into primay and secondary sources.
Primary resources: Original resources. For example, specimen, pictures, and other objects.
Secondary resources: Resources from others research. For example, textbooks and magazines.
6) Annotated Bibliography
Use the following format for annotated bibliography:
Journal: Author: Title of the article, Title of the Journal, Year, Edition, Page
Book: Author: Title of the book, Publisher, Year, Edition, Page
Newspaper: Author: Title of the article, Name of the newspaper, Year-month-date, Edition
You must acknowledge in your annotated bibliography all sources used in your entry. Failure to credit sources is plagiarism and will result in disqualification.
3. Contest Participation
1) Online registration
The participants should register online through the official site to get the only code. If you forget your code, just type in your ID card number on the official site, you will get it again through the email.
3. Get Involved
1) Online Registration
All the participants register online to get the only code. The code is used throughout the contest to prevent the loss of information. If you forget the code, you can get it again on the website by providing your ID number.
The teachers’ name, sex, nationality, ID number (Passport, student card, or driver’s license for non-Chinese), area, employer and contact information (address, email and telephone) are needed. Students’ name, sex, nationality, ID number (Passport, student card, or driver’s license for non-Chinese), area, grade and school are needed.
People from the areas other than the hosting cities could go to the hosting cities to participate the contest.
Enquiries please check: organizingoffice +86 (0)21 60937863, QQ: 2540408087
Please verify your information. After you submit your information you could not revise it. The system will send the confirmation letter to your email address.
2) Preliminary Contest
The application forms are to be submitted online by the deadline.
The winners of the preliminary contest would be announced on the website.
3) Final Contest
The application forms of final contest would be sent to the team’s email address. The forms are to be submitted with the written materials on the contest.
The teams should prepare for the judges’ questions on the contest.
III. Category Rules
An exhibit is a visual representation of your research and interpretation of your topic's significance in history, much like a small museum exhibit. The analysis and interpretation of your topic must be clear and evident to the viewer. Labels and captions should be used creatively with visual images and objects to objects to enhance the message of your exhibit.
1) Size Requirements
The overall size of your exhibit when displayed for judging must be no larger than 40 inches wide, 30 inches deep, and 6 feet high. Measurement of the exhibit does not include the table on which it rests; however, it would include any stand that you create and any table drapes. Circular or rotating exhibits or those meant to be viewed from all sides must be no more than 30 inches in diameter.
2) Media Devices
Media devices (e.g., DVD players, projectors, video monitors, computers) used in an exhibit must not run for more than a total of 3 minutes and are subject to the 500-word limit (Rule EX3). Viewers and judges must be able to control media devices. Any media devices must fit within the size limits of the exhibit. Any media devices used should be integral to the exhibit--not a method to bypass the prohibition against live student involvement. For example, a brief except from a taped student-conducted oral interview or a dramatic reading is appropriate, but taped commentary or analysis is inappropriate.
3) Word Limit
A 500-word limit applies to all text created by the student that appears on, or as part of, an exhibit entry. This includes the text you write for titles, subtitles, captions, graphs, timelines, media devices (e.g., video, slides, computer files), or supplemental materials (e.g., photo albums, scrapbooks, etc.) where you use your own words. Brief citations crediting the sources of illustrations or quotations included on the exhibit do the exhibit do not count toward the 500-word limit.
A performance is a dramatic portrayal of your topic's significance in history and must be original in production. It must be scripted by you based on research of your chosen topic. Your performance should have dramatic appeal, but not at the expense of historical information.
1) Time Requirements
Performances may not exceed 10 minutes in length. Timing starts at the beginning of the performance following the announcement of the title and student name(s). Any other introductory remarks will be considered part of the performance and will be counted as part of the overall time. You will be allowed an additional 5 minutes to set up and 5 minutes to remove any props needed for your performance.
NOTE: You should allow several empty seconds in your performance to account for unplanned pauses (e.g., applause, forgotten lines, etc.)
2) Performance Introduction
The title of your entry and the names of the participants must be the first and only announcements prior to the start of the performance.
3) Media Devices
Use of slides, tape recorders, computers, or other media within your performance is permitted. You must provide and run all equipment, as well as carry out any special lighting or sound effects.
The script for the performance should not be included with the written material presented to the judges.
You may have a costume produced for you, but the design, choice of fabrics, etc., must be your own. Or, you may rent a costume. Remember: simple is best.
IV. Entry Judging
1. The Advantages of the Evaluation Process
The National History Day program at every level is about a high quality educational experience, whether or not you win a prize. Judges provide evaluations to validate your hard work and to help you continue to learn and develop your skills. Judges' comments will include positive feedback as well as ideas for revisions and enhancements. This feedback may be applied during the current year when moving from one contest level to the next and/or to next year when developing a new entry. Rules and criteria as well as the judging process help you focus on high quality project development based on research, analysis and interpretation, creativity, effective writing, time management, and interpersonal communication. The skills you develop will last your entire lift. While the medals are nice, truly, every participant is a winner.
2. Who are the Judges?
Historians, educators, and others interested in history and education serve as judges in the GNHD™ contests.
3. How does the Evaluation Process work?
A panel consisting of three-to-four judges evaluates a set of entries from a specific division and entry category (e.g., Senior Individual Performance). Considerations in panel composition include judges' preferences, possible conflict of interest, history day experience, gender, and background. Judges attend an orientation session before the process begins.
4. Consensus Judging
Judges follow a non-numerical, consensus (agreement) process. Each judge completes an evaluation from and is highly encouraged to provide helpful feedback. After reviewing the entries in a set, the judges adjourn to discuss the merits of each entry with an emphasis on the Historical Quality aspect of each. They collectively determine the entries that will advance to the next level of competition.
5. The Subjective Nature of Judging
While some elements of entries may be evaluated objectively (e.g., time/word limit adherence, use of primary sources, inclusion of an annotated bibliography, correct spelling, etc.), much of an entry is subjectively assessed (e.g., analysis and conclusions about the historical date). You will want to base your interpretations and conclusions on solid research, provide a clear contextual foundation for your topic, highlight the connection between your topic and the theme, overtly state your thesis, clearly show different points of view, and clearly articulate the significance of your topic in history.
6. Judges' Decisions
Individual judges' evaluation sheet ratings and comments can vary tremendously. It is possible that an entry that receives high marks from one panel of judges will not be declared a winner while an entry evaluated by a different judging panel with lower marks may advance to the next level of competition. This reflects the subjective nature of judging as the consensus process. Contest officials wish to be informed of possible problems or errors that may have occurred. However, the decision of judges is final. Judges are instructed not to discuss their decisions outside their panel. Participants, parents, and teachers shall not approach or question judges regarding their decisions.
7. What are the Criteria?
1) Historical Quality
The most important aspect of your entry is its historical quality. You should ask yourself the following questions to help you focus on your historical analysis:
a) Is my entry historically accurate?
b) How well does my entry provide analysis and interpretation of the historical date rather than just provide a description?
c) How well does my entry explain the historical context?
d) How well does my annotated bibliography demonstrate wide research?
e) How well does my entry demonstrate a balanced presentation of materials?
f) How well does my entry demonstrate use of available primary sources?
2) Relation to Theme
Your entry must explain clearly the relation of your topic to the annual National History Day theme. You should ask yourself the following questions to help focus your topic on the theme and its significance.
a) How does my topic relate to the theme?
b) Why is my topic important?
c) How is my topic significant in history and in relation to the National History Day theme?
d) How did my topic influence history?
e) How did the events and atmosphere (social, economic, political, and cultural aspects) of my topic's time period influence my topic in history?
3) Clarity of Presentation
Although historical quality is most important, your entry must be presented in an effective manner. You should ask yourself the following questions to help you focus on your presentation.
a) Is my entry original, creative, and imaginative in subject and presentation?
b) Is my written material clear, grammatically correct, and accurately spelled?
c) Is my entry well organized?
d) Is the visual material present clear?
e) Do I understand and properly use all of my equipment?
8. Rule Compliance
Judges will take into consideration in their final rankings any rule infraction. Failure to comply with the rules will count against your entry. Rule infractions should be corrected before a winning entry competes in the next level of competition.
9. Sample Judge’s Evaluation
Evaluation forms are available on GNHD™’s website. The participants could improve their entries according to the criteria.
10. Copy Right
a) Every team should grant GNHD™ right to publish their entries in books, disks, and journals.
b) The entries could be put on website for students’ learning purpose.
c) GNHD™have the right to publish the entries on media (television, newspaper, journals and the Internet) for students’ learning purpose.
a) All the entries must not violate National laws, regulations and social moralities.
b) All the entries should be environmental friendly and must not violate human rights.
V. Category Checklist
1) Exhibit is no larger than 100cm wide, 75cm deep, and 180cm high when displayed.
2) 5 copies of written materials are prepared. These include tit, , , , , , , le page with required information, and 500-word description of the research methods used.
3) Annotated bibliography is separated into primary and secondary sources.
4) Exhibit addresses the theme.
5) Title is clear and visible.
6) Labels, captions, and titles include no more than 500 words.
7) Exhibit has visual impact and shows interpretation.
8) You are prepared to answer judges’ questions at the contest (remember that formal narratives are not appropriate responses to questions).
1) Performance does not exceed 10 minutes.
2) Set-up and take-down of props take no more than 3 minutes each.
3) 5 copies of written materials are prepared. These include title page with required information, and 500-word description of the research methods used.
4) Annotated bibliography is separated into primary and secondary sources.
5) Performance addressed the theme.
6) You supply all props and equipment.
7) Only you run equipment and are involved in the performance.
8) You have prepared extra supplies and materials in case of emergency.
9) You are prepared to answer judges’ questions at the contest (remember that formal narratives are not appropriate responses to questions).
VI. 2013 Activity Schedule
1. Online Registration Stage
a) April 7th, official website “registration” port opens
b) May 10th, registration port close
2. Preliminary Contest Stage
a) May 15th– July 20th, Regional Preliminary Contests and Regional Finals.
b) May 15th– July 20th, official website “confirmation of participation” port opens; each team shall input relevant information and print out the form.
c) July 13th, deadline of the application for the Global Finals (Shanghai).
3. Final Contest Stage
August 13th –17th, Global Finals (Shanghai); August 15th– 16th, “Behring Forum”
4. Kenneth E. Behring Discovery Trip– South Africa
a) August 13th– September 31st, application period, for teams entered in to the final contest only;
b) October 2013, Interview
c) November – December 2013, Preparation and Visa application
d) February 1st-11th, 2014, KEB Discovery Trip in South Africa
P.S. GNHD™ committee reserves right to interpret the details of this event..