Scientists and Innovators
(Grades 3 to 8)

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Welcome to the Scientists and Innovators category of the firSTep Project Competition! This category is designed for students in Grade 3 to Grade 8, and it aligns perfectly with the overall mission of firSTep. Below, you will find essential information and guidelines to help you make the most of your participation in this exciting competition.

Purpose and Benefits:
The Scientists and Innovators category aims to inspire young minds to become creative problem-solvers, critical thinkers, and global citizens. It encourages students to explore their interests in science, technology, and innovation, fostering skills such as research, communication, presentation, time management, collaboration, and creativity. By participating in this category, students will benefit from a unique learning experience that goes beyond the classroom, gaining valuable life skills and a sense of purpose in addressing real-world issues.
Essential Elements of a Successful Project-Based Learning (PBL):
To succeed in this category, keep these key elements in mind:
1. Inquiry and Investigation: Start by asking questions and exploring topics that genuinely interest you.
2. Research: Conduct thorough research to understand your chosen subject and gather relevant information.
3. Driving Question: Choose a compelling and relevant driving question that forms the foundation of your project. Identify a real-world problem or challenge related to your chosen area of work.
4. Innovation: Develop a creative and practical solution to the problem, emphasizing the use of science and technology.
5. Alignment with UN SDGs: Ensure that your project contributes to at least one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. These goals focus on issues such as clean energy, climate action, quality education, and more.
6. Presentation Skills: Prepare to share your project through a short video and public presentation at your local school round. This will help you refine your communication skills and showcase your work effectively.
Sample Areas of Work:
Your project can cover a wide range of subjects, including but not limited to:
- Environmental conservation
- Renewable energy
- Pollution reduction
- Health and well-being
- Access to clean water
- Educational technology
- Biodiversity preservation
- Innovative gadgets or solutions
- Climate change mitigation
Alignment with UN SDGs:
Your project should demonstrate a clear connection to at least one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This alignment ensures that your work contributes to global efforts to make our world a better place. We encourage you to research and understand these goals and find ways to integrate them into your project.
Sample Driving Questions:
How can we design a water filtration system using local materials?
SDGs: 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation)

What is the most effective way to reduce waste in our school's cafeteria?
SDGs: 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production)

How can we help local pollinators like bees and butterflies thrive in our community?
SDGs: 15 (Life on Land)
Short Video and Public Presentation:
Participation in the local school round is a crucial aspect of the competition. You will need to create a short video showcasing your project and make a public presentation to your school community. These experiences not only help you refine your project presentation skills but also provide an opportunity to inspire others with your work. Be prepared to share your findings, solutions, and your passion for creating positive change.

We hope this guideline helps you and your parents or project supervisors understand the Scientists and Innovators category of the firSTep Project Competition. Embrace this opportunity, let your creativity flourish, and take the first step toward becoming a young scientist and innovator who can make a difference in the world. Good luck, and let your innovative spirit soar!