No VSF in the spring of 2016

Dear Virtual Science Fair Participants,

With sincere regret, I must announce there will not be a Virtual Science Fair offered in the spring of 2016.

If circumstances are favourable, the VSF may return in the fall of 2016.

Sincerely,

Larry

 

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2015 VSF Cancelled

There will be no 2015 Virtual Science Fair.

The Virtual Science Fair may return in the spring of 2016. An announcement will be made in late November 2015 regarding the 2016 VSF.

Contact Larry if you have any questions.

larry@virtualsciencefair.com

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IMPORTANT: VSF Chequing Account Closed

Virtual Science Fair Cheque Scam

It has come to my attention that someone has altered and then reproduced a VSF cheque. These phoney cheques are then mailed to unsuspecting individuals as part of a scam.

As a result, the VSF chequing account has been closed. If you have a 2014 VSF award cheque you have not cashed, but wish to do so, please contact me.

Again, the VSF chequing account has been closed due to a cheque fraud scam.
Do not try to cash any VSF cheque.

Larry Oberg

larry@virtualsciencefair.com

 

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2015 VSF Postponed

Dear VSF Participants and Supporters

After a great deal of thought and with significant sadness, I have decided to cancel the next VSF until at least the fall of 2015.

As you may know, the VSF has always been a one-person project (with a bit of help judging in May). After 14 years, I wish to take a bit of a sabbatical  to work on other projects and perhaps returned with a revised version of the VSF  in the fall. I apologize for any inconvenience and disappointment this may cause.

Sincerely,

Larry

 

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Due Date is Past – Accounts Locked

Every year a few teams out of  500+ have a very disappointing end to their VSF participation. Often I suspect they did not review the Rules and Help sections.

In the Help and Rules sections, the absolute necessity of uploading and testing projects well before the closing date is emphasized. Indeed, projects should be uploaded and tested every time any change is made.  Under no circumstances should the upload and testing be left to the last few days.  Even experienced website builders do continuous uploading and testing to get things working correctly.

The test to see if things are working, is to browse to the URL

www.virtualsciencefair.org/2014/team_userid

If the project does not display, then the judges can not see it.

It is simply not fair to extend the date/time past the closing time set months ago.

Sincerely,

Larry

 

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Judging 2014 – Teacher Evaluations by May 7, 2014 Please

  • All teachers with more than one project in the VSF are asked to rank their students’ projects and provide a comment for each student. You may also provide a private comment for Larry if you wish. Teachers with only one project are also invited to submit comments.
  • Enter the Teacher Zone to review your projects.
  • Use standard ranking procedures learned in Stats 101. That is , the best project is rank 1, the second best rank 2, etc.
  • Please have no more than 2 with rank = 1.
  • Please evaluate the entire grade category as one group.
  • Record your evaluations in a Word Document table with headings 1) Team Number 2) Team Userid 3) Rank  4) Comments for student 5) Private comments for judges
  • Email to me – larry@virtualsciencefair.com
  • Please complete before May 7 in order to qualify for the extra $50.00 “Best in School Award”.
  • See ‘Rough Cut’ Video on Teacher Evaluations in the Teacher Zone
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Registration Opens Jan. 20, 2014

Registration opens tomorrow (Jan. 20, 2014). Again this year I had hoped to institute some major changes, but alas personal issues have limited my time to make any significant changes. I will update the website as time permits.

The total prize funding available this year will depend upon current fundraising efforts and will not be determined for a couple of months.

 

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Free Windows Web Authoring Software

Using Microsoft Expression Web 4 I built and published a simple one page website.  I will attempt to build a brief tutorial on this app and have it available shortly. If you do not have web building software available, try MS Expression Web 4. Download from http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36179

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Free Web Authoring and Image Software

It appears the web authoring software and image editing software needed  to build Virtual Science Fair websites is freely available from Microsoft.  I have just downloaded Microsoft Expression Web 4 (website building application)  http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36179 and Expression Design 4 (graphics application) http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36180 .

I have yet to work with them, but I recommend anyone using a PC and who doesn’t have Dreamweaver, to give these applications a try. I will go through the complete website building process over the next few days to check that they do the job. I recommend downloading and installing these applications. You will not be able to test the FTP function until you have been assigned an account on the VSF server following registration in January.

 

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2014 Registration Date Change

The Virtual Science Fair has remained much the same since started 14 years ago. I am hoping to make a number of improvements for the 2014 VSF, but thus far have not found the time. I hope to make these improvements during the next 2 months.
Students who have submitted projects in the past will be able to continue using the same system and format. But, I hope to add some additional formats, such submitting the project in eBook format.
For that reason I am moving the previously posted opening registration date from November 4, 2013 to January 20, 2014. This should not affect many participants since in the past by far the majority of registrations have arrived in late January and beyond.
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