Bighelp New Hampshire S.T.E.A.M Event 2019

Bighelp Science Poetry Contest

Are you interested in writing poetry for science? Enter this fun filling contest to express your feelings, thoughts and the rhythms through this poetry contest.

Poetry Topic: The topic of this year’s Science Poetry contests is ‘Heart’.

Participants arerequired to learn about heart, its structureand functionality; and present it in the form of poetry.It’s not just learning about heart, butcapturingyour imagination and perspectiveon heart by being poetic. Use your imagination to create a poem, limerick or haiku about the heart. So, come share your knowledge on heart in a poetic form!!

Contest Levels:

This contest is open to all students from kindergarten through high school. Below are the contest levels.

Level 1-Kindergarten to Grade 2

Rule for Level1:

Poem can be in any style; it doesn't even have to rhyme.
Content should indicate about heart.
It should reflect the originality of theme with grade appropriate skills.
Shouldn’t exceed 5 lines. Can use pictures along with poems.

Level 2 - Grade 3 to Grade 5:

Rule for Level2:

Poem must rhyme; any rhyming pattern is acceptable.
Poem shouldn’t exceed 10 lines.
Should represent the originality in theme along with grade appropriate scientific accuracy.
Can use pictures along with poems.

Level 3 - Grade 6 to Grade 8

Rule for Level 3:

Each Poem must be a haiku of only 3 lines.
Haiku MUST use the following pattern:
5 syllables in the first line; 7 syllables in the second line; 5 syllables in the third line…
Along with the above said Haiku pattern, poem should strongly represent the Scientific
accuracy, Originality with reasonable overall style in analyzing pattern
overall theme presentation skills are expected.

Level 4 - Grade 9 to Grade 12:

Rule for Level 4:

At this level students are expected to write grade level scientifically accurate, and skillful limericks.
A limerick has 5 lines; lines one, two and five rhyme with each other and have the same number
of syllables; lines three and four rhyme with each other and have the same number of syllable
Along with the above said points, Students should be able to write their poems in general
Judging guidelines given.

General Guidelines:

Registered participants will be given an official entry form to write a poem about the heart on the day of the contest.
Participants should write their poems in a legible and readable form.
All poems, limericks and haiku are expected to have at least THREE lines and not longer than TEN lines.
All material must have a Cardio theme such as heart anatomy (a part of the heart), heart Function, health or disease. .
No cell phones, papers or electronic devices are allowed during the contest.


Examples:

Level 1 - For Kindergarten to Grade 2:

Example 1:
Yourheart is always beating
Never lose hope
Your heart is always pumping
Never stop to cope.


Level 2 - Grade 3 to Grade 5:

Example 1:
Out through the arteries, in through the vein
Your heart is pumping blood all through the chain.
Circulation is the function, happening without any sensation,
It is a continuous repetitive motion, occurring in every position.
Red cells carry oxygen, important for respiration
White cells fight germs which can cause infection.
Oh, beautiful heart! You are an amazing creation.


Level 3 - Grade 6 to Grade 8:

Example 1:
Take deep breaths, eat green,
Be smoke-free, stress less, move more,
Little things for happy heart.

Level – 4 - For Grade 9 to Grade 12:

Example 1:
The arteries pump good blood
The veins dump bad blood
This beautiful construction
Stops without circulation
But is the heart all about blood?

Judging Criteria:

Basis of originality

The idea, perspective, or presentation should be unique and fresh.

Scientific accuracy

Here kids can be seen analyzing, evaluating scientific explanations by using logical reasoning, and observations.
Students challenge themselves to use some of the scientific vocabulary words to describe various steps as featured in their poem.

Overall style:

An important method of analyzing any poem is to look at the stanza structure or style of a poem.
Generally speaking, structure has to do with the overall organization of lines and/or the conventional patterns of sound.
A poem may or may not have a specific number of lines, rhyme scheme but it can still be labeled according to its form or style.
For questions related to BighelpHeart Poetry contest, please write to us at poemhelp@bighelp.org