Objective: Teams will be presented with either an open-ended or close-ended experiment to conduct. Open ended experiments will include a list of materials that can be used in which teams can develop an experiment to present analysis and a conclusion. In a close-ended experiment, teams will be provided a set of procedures to be followed or a goal that has to be achieved.
Subteam Size Per Entry: 3
Maximum Entries Per Team: 2
A. We will provide:
- Equipment needed to conduct the experiment
B. Teams can provide:
- Laptop with software for graphing, recording data and writing up the report.
- Laser Safety Goggle
- For this event, a group is defined as 3 team members. A team may have up to 3 groups compete in this event.
- Teams must bring laser safety goggles. The specifications will be listed on the website at https://competition.creol.ucf.edu at least 1 month prior to the competition date. Those without goggles will be unable to compete in this event.
- Teams must not wear open-toed shoes.
- Teams can bring a laptop or other device with software for graphing, recording data, and writing up the report. Teams may also bring calculators.
- Teams will be presented with a 2-hour laboratory challenge in the area of optics and photonics. They will need to complete the following:
- Using equipment provided, will collect data, use formulas to solve calculations, conduct analysis and write a conclusion with supporting data.
- Will write a report and submit it for scoring.
- The final lab report must have the following information:
- Problem presented
- Independent and Dependent variable
- Data table
- Statistical Analysis
- Analysis of results
- Identification of Experimental Errors
- The following aspects will be used in the determination of the ranking of teams. Higher Scores are given more favorable rank. Highest Score Wins.
- A rubric will be used to score the lab reports. The rubric will be available at https://competition.creol.ucf.edu
- Ties will be broken using designated sections of the lab report.
- Teams that engage in unsafe laboratory practices will be asked to leave the competition and will be scored as a “did not show”.
- Teams that do not conduct the experiment using equipment (in other words try to conduct a theoretical experiment) will be ranked behind other teams who collect data using the equipment provided.