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GENIUS Visual and Performance Arts (VPA) heightens public concern for environmental problems and solutions.

There are two subcategories for VPA which will be judged and awarded separately. For more information about each category, please click on these links:

GENIUS VPA: ART

GENIUS VPA: MUSIC

GENIUS BUSINESS

GENIUS Business raises awareness of environmental values in the business world, from bringing green products and services to market to developing a social responsibility plan for any business aiming to have a positive relationship to the society and the environment in which it operates.

Each GENIUS Business project can be prepared and presented by up to two students. Participants must prepare and present a business plan to judges as though they are making a pitch for funding for their business plan, also known as an investment proposal.  Presentations will be made in formal business attire and should include a Powerpoint/Prezi (or similar) presentation of no more than 10 minutes before Q&A.
 
BUSINESS | Entrepreneurship
Students may offer a new product or technology to decrease human impact on the environment, or they can offer improvements to existing products or technologies to make them greener or more sustainable.  This involves a combination of science, engineering and business sense.  Participants must offer the product, technology, or enhancement along with a plan to bring this product or technology to market. The business plan must include an analysis of the existing market, analyzing potential buyers, suppliers, current competition, the culture of the market regarding of product, potential future competitors, and potential substitute technologies. It should then describe the product, its target market, expected price, promotional plans, and how it will be delivered to the customer.  Finally, the business plan should include staffing and facilities plans, as well as ultimate profit goals.

BUSINESS | Social Responsibility
Social Responsibility plan should offer environmental solutions for existing businesses and industries, with the aim of a reduction in environmental impact.  Participants must offer a 10-minute Powerpoint/Prezi (or similar) presentation promoting their business plan to make a change within their target business or industry. The business plan should include an analysis of the current environmental impact of the business/industry, a description of the proposed changes, and analysis of the impact of these changes on the environment.  The plan should then explore the financial cost of implementation and the impact of implementation on the company's position in the market (including the impact of any change in price, change in customer experience of the product, obstacles to delivery, etc.).  Participants should also examine potential competition from other sustainability models, and make the case for their own plan as the best solution.
 
 GENIUS BUSINESS | RULES 

  • Application: Each GENIUS Business project can be prepared and presented by up to two students.
  • Application: Submit a business plan describing requested information.  All projects, including affiliated fair winners, must submit these items. 
  • Application: The business plan must be no more than 15 pages long, including 2 page executive summary.  
  • Application: The entire application document should be in English, and all file names must be in English characters.  If the planned market is a non-English-speaking country, the presentation may include examples of the target languages as appropriate in marketing materials, etc.
  • Application: Acceptable file formats for the business plan are doc, docx and pdf.  Limit of 15 pages, including two pages executive summary.

 

  • At the fair: Present your project as a business pitch to the group of judges, using your Powerpoint/Prezi presentation in a business-like setting. Please practice the presentation to ensure that it is less than 10 minutes.
  • At the fair: It is HIGHLY recommended to bring models or prototypes of any product or technology you may be offering as a part of your presentation.
  • At the fair: Students are advised (not required) to bring printed copies of their business plan to distribute to curious viewers.
  • At the fair: A computer (operating with Windows) with a projector and a screen will be available for students to use. However, you may also use your own computer. Apple computer must bring an adapter to connect their computer to VGA or HDMI.
  • At the fair: Students are allowed to make changes and improve their projects between application and fair presentation.
  • At the fair: Read Finalist guide under rules for more information.

 

GENIUS Business | Judging Criteria
1. Creativity of concept
2. Feasibility of concept
3. Marketability and Profitability
4. Impact on Environment
5. Impact on Company's Long-Term Profitability and Market Share
6. Overall Communication of Concept

GENIUS ROBOTICS

Genius Robotics is a student-centric competition which provides students understanding the role of engineering and research in environmental issues. Genius Robotics encourages students to discover novel solutions to known problems in the environment by requiring them to design, build, test and control their unique robots. It provides students a lifetime experience and an opportunity to enhance their life skills such as being a team member, researching and problem-solving.

As Genius Olympiad community, we value the diversity of the participants and the respect to each other. We come together and speak up together to increase the awareness of environmental issues and the importance of acting together to build a better world together.

Each GENIUS Robotics project can be prepared and presented by a team of up to three students. Schools may apply with multiple teams. However, each student may be part of only one team. There can be only one master game robot for each team and can not be shared among teams. Only team members who participate will be recognized during award ceremony and announcements.

 

ROBOTICS | Master Game - Genius ZooKeeper

Genie ZooKeeper is designed to measure the performance of the robots and the teams in water and food resources management tasks. The field will have a shared resource warehouse in the middle and animal shelters (separated as omnivores, carnivores, and herbivores) on the side.

Robot Type and categories: The applications will be accepted in three categories as Lego, Tetrix and VEX. Any other robot development kit can be used only if it is approved by the Genius Robotics Committee; these will be accepted under one of the three categories based on its hardware specifications. (motor power, programming structure ..etc). Consult the committee before you start building your robot by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you want to use any robot development kit other than Lego, Tetrix, VEX.

Mission: The mission has two parts: autonomous and optional. The robots compete in a field which will be divided into two identical subfields and a shared region (resource warehouse) in the middle of the field. The subfields will be separated by blue and red lines that teams will have their private region to complete the tasks. At each subfield, the animal shelters, where omnivores (yellow), carnivores (red) and herbivores (green) live, will be identified as colored bins. Please check the field drawings for more details.

There will be at least three rounds for each team and the team may compete in either blue or red side of the field; different rounds may be held in different fields.

First mission task: Fully Autonomous Task
As the first mission of the game, the Genie ZooKeeper is responsible to transport the stray (lost animal) to the corresponding animal shelter (color bins). The given animal must be placed in its animal shelter according to its type. Herbivore animal should be placed in either herbivore shelter (green bin) or omnivore shelter (yellow bin), carnivore animal should be placed in either carnivore shelter (red bin) or omnivore shelter.

The animal will be given before the round starts so students will be able to select the correct program to run before the round starts. Teams are allowed to take their robots back to robot lot after this task.

The time given for this task is 30 seconds.

The scoring of the first mission task:
Transportation to omnivore shelter (yellow) earns 25 points.
Transportation carnivore/herbivore to its corresponding shelter (bin) earns 50 points.
Transportation to the wrong shelter (bin) loses 25 points.
Arrival back to the robot lot, after completing the first mission, earns 10 points.

Second mission task: Optional Operation Mode
Genie ZooKeeper will achieve water and food resources management. Genie ZooKeeper is responsible to pick up the water and food resources from the resource warehouse (the shared area in the center of the field) and distribute them to animal shelter based on the type of animal.

Genie ZooKeeper is not allowed to pass the border of their subfield, but allowed to enter in resource warehouse. The robot will start from the robot lot and teams are allowed to make modifications on the robot like adding or removing attachments, changing the code or changing the mode of operation during the competition round ONLY within the robot lot. Any other interference is not allowed during the rounds.

The resources at the shared warehouse will be grouped as follows.
20 Blue cubes: Represent the water resources and need to be provided to each animal shelter.
10 Green cubes: Represent the herbs and they can be supplied to either herbivore (green bins) or omnivore (yellow bins) animal shelters
10 Red cubes: Represent the meat resources and will be supplied to either carnivore (red bins) or omnivore (yellow bins) habitats.

Placement of cubes: All blue, green, and red cubes will be randomly distributed into the resource warehouse (the shared area in the middle).

Scoring of the second mission task:

A-If the robot is teleop controlled - driven by the students with controllers or mobile devices:
Each water resource (blue cube) supplied to any of the shelters earns 10 points
Each herb resource (green cube) supplied to herbivore shelter (green bin) earns 10 points
Each meat resource (red cube) supplied to carnivore shelter (red bin) earns 10 points
Each meat or herb resource supplied to omnivore shelter (yellow bin) earns 5 points
Each wasted resource as supplied to the wrong shelter loses 10 points.
Each wasted resource left in the field outside of a shelter loses 5 points.
Each wasted resource caused by pushing cubes to other’s field loses 5 points.
Each not used resource left in the resource warehouse does not lose any points.
If Genie ZooKeeper prevents starvation by placing at least one water and one correct food source in each animal shelter, it earns 25 points.
If the robot passes to the other side of the field, it loses 25 points for each time.
If the team interferes with the robot outside of the robot lot, the team loses 50 points.
If all resources are supplied to the animal shelter correctly and no waste is left in the field before the time is over, 1 point will be earned for every 1 second of the time after the robot returns to the robot lot.
If teams violate any fair play rules, like destroying or blocking the opponent team’s robot intentionally, the team will lose 50 points. In addition to these penalties, teams violating fair play rules can be subject to disqualification from the competition by the referee's decision.

B- If the robot is autonomous - self-run:
Each water resource (blue cube) supplied to any of the shelters earns 25 points
Each herb resource (green cube) supplied to herbivore shelter (green bin) earns 25 points
Each meat resource (red cube) supplied to carnivore shelter (red bin) earns 20 points
Each meat or herb resource supplied to omnivore shelter (yellow bin) earns 10 points
Each wasted resource as supplied to the wrong shelter loses 10 points.
Each wasted resource left in the field outside of a shelter loses 5 points.
Each wasted resource caused by pushing cubes to other’s field loses 5 points.
Each not used resource left in the resource warehouse does not lose any points.
If Genie ZooKeeper prevents starvation by placing at least one water and one correct food source in each animal shelter, it earns 50 points.
If the robot passes to the other side of the field, it loses 25 points for each time.
If the team interferes with the robot outside of the robot lot, the team loses 50 points.
If all resources are supplied to the animal shelter correctly and no waste is left in the field before the time is over, 1 point will be earned for every 1 second of the time after the robot returns to the robot lot.
If teams violate any fair play rules, like destroying or blocking the opponent team’s robot intentionally, the team will lose 50 points. In addition to these penalties, teams violating fair play rules can be subject to disqualification from the competition by the referee's decision.

Robot Inspection and Build Up Rules:

All finalist robots will be inspected on the setup/practice day and any robot which does not apply the below rules would be disqualified and ineligible to compete in Genius Robotics. 

Size: Robot must fit in 20-inch cube. Width: 20 in Height: 20 in Length: 20 The robot can resize itself during the game but initial size must meet this requirement.  

The number of motors: Teams can use up to 8 DC motors and any number of servo motors. There is no limit for the number of motor controllers. 

Power: Robots must use up to 12 V for each power item and it has to be provided with batteries. Teams are not allowed to use external power. 

Software: Any programming language can be used to control robots. 

Driving Robot: Robot can operate in autonomous or tele-op modes. If it is in tele-op mode, driven by the students, wired or wireless communication methods are allowed. For both cases, students have to stay on the longest side of their subfield. If it is wired communication, the wire cannot be used to pull the robot. It will be considered as touching the robot outside of the robot lot, team loses 50 points. 

Project I.D.: Your robot must contain your project ID number, provided during application, at least on its one side. The size of the print should be at least 100 pts in Bold.

Game Materials: 

During the competition, the practice fields and the competition fields will be provided by GENIUS Robotics. Teams will not be allowed to bring their own field and game materials to the competition area due to space allocation concerns. However, they can bring any robot materials to maintain their robots. Genius Robotics will use only the listed items below for the competition and field map will be identified directly on black floor tiles using colored tapes according to the designed map, as given below. It is recommended but not mandatory to purchase the listed items. Any replacement to the listed materials would be accepted for teams to be able to get prepared for the competition. Genius Robotics do not provide or sell any materials to the teams, teams can purchase their own materials from the links or even make their own materials.

GENIUS ROBOTICS Judging Criteria (Master Game only)

1. Engineering book - 10% : Teams can gather any details about the robot inluding design choices, drawings, experiments, photos for the development stages, coding schemes and source codes and the system layout of the robot. This document may also contain some unstructured engineering notes and handwritten records. There is no specific format for the engineering book but teams must explain their project stages using the information in their engineering book.

2. Teamwork - 10% : Judges will score the involvement of each team member during the judging session. To get a good score teams may divide their presentation and different team members may be responsible for each part.

3. Presentation  - 20% : Teams will present their project and explain the details about their robot by using their engineering book and optionally their poster. Each team will be given 6 minutes at most to tell about their design and engineering work. Judges may ask questions during or after the presentation. There is no specification for the optional project poster. Designing a poster is recommended. 

4. Master game score - 60% : (details are given above under master game scoring)

According to Master Game judging criteria, participants will receive 10% gold, 20% silver, 20% bronze, and 20% honorable mention awards. 

 

GENIUS ROBOTICS | RULES

  • Application: A robotics project can be prepared and submitted by up to three students.
  • Application: Schools may submit multiple teams/projects, however each student may be in only one team. Each must submit an appication, but same schools should use the same account for multiple applications. 
  • Application: Each team must have their own robot and robots can not be shared among teams, even they are from the same school. 
  • Application: The robot's description paper (engineering book, technical details, etc) with photos will be required for a complete application. All projects, including affiliated fair winners, must submit their robot (project) description paper. 
  • Application: (OPTIONAL) A YouTube of the video can be submitted with project paper. Please upload a video which is less than 3 min with a title: GENIUS Robotics_YEAR_TITLE. The Youtube link can be provided when an optional media link is asked for. The video can be for an existing robot for a different mission, we would like to see that your group have an existing robotics program and capabilities of making robots. 
  • Application: Your file names must be in English characters.
  • Application: The project description paper should include: title, student names, city, and country, master game robot information (system used (tetrix, lego, Matrix etc), the cost, engineering drawings, description of the design, drawings, photos of the robot (through out the design phase and a final photo). The paper will be uploaded into online application. Acceptable file formats for the project paper are doc and docx, PDF and RTF, not exceeding 5 MB in file size. Recommended page limit is 15, with acceptable font sizes 11 or 12 for any font type and page margins one inch or more (2.5 cm) from each side.

  • At the fair: Everyone including team members, guests, supervisors and organizers are required to wear safety glasses. Prescription glasses or sunglasses are NOT considered as safety glasses. Open-toe or open-back shoes are NOT allowed in the practice and competition area. You are allowed to bring your own poster board/presentation, which should be placed on 40x60 inches table. There is no height restriction for self-prepared boards. Shipping information is available in the Finalist Guide.
  • At the fair: Students may choose to present their robot and design using a poster. If you choose so, students should come to the competition with pre-printed materials to prepare their posters. 
  • At the fair: Students are allowed to make changes and improve their robots between application and fair presentation.
  • At the fair: We provide only 110 V outlet. We do NOT provide 220 V. 
  • At the fair: A table will be provided for each team for their set-up. 
  • At the fair: There will be 2 practice fields which will provide practicing for four teams at the same time. Teams will be asked to take turns in every 15 minutes. 
  • At the fair: Read Finalist guide under rules for more information.

 GENIUS ROBOTICS | Questions and Answers

If you send us a specific question, their answers will be shared on this page for others as well:

1. Can we use any other development kit than Lego, Tetrix or Vex? The answer is yes but you need the approval of the Genius Robotics committee. Contact by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2. Can we attend with a different robot for first mission task and second mission task? No. However, you can make as many changes as you want between two mission tasks. 

3. What is the maximum size of the robot? The robots must be smaller than 20x20x20 inches (50x50x50 cm) for the master game. For Sumo and Line follower robots' sizes, please refer the corresponding guidelines. 

4. Is there a restriction on controlling the robot? First mission task must be autonomous. Second mission task can be either autonomous (which gets you more points) or controlled via a hand-held device (cable or wireless control). If you are using a hand-held device, the controller must stay only on the longest side of their map to control their robot. 

5. What if my robots is not ready before the application deadline, can I still apply? Yes you can apply. You final version of robot does NOT have to be ready during application. However, you must have a robot in hand to provide a video showing your capabilities and drawings and plan for your robot which will be used in GENIUS Olympiad master game and any photos during initial design and built-up. 

 

GENIUS CREATIVE WRITING

GENIUS Creative Writing uses writing to raise awareness about global environmental problems and calls the public to action on solutions.

Each GENIUS Creative Writing project can be prepared and presented by only one student. Students must make sure that there are no typos or grammatical errors in their submissions, and can update their submissions after applying. Creative writing projects are presented by reading to a live audience for 5 minutes, followed by a feedback session from judges. Here is the (Click on link)  Finalist Creative Writings for 2014 and GO2016 Finalists (You may check which one of these awarded with gold or silver medal)

 

CREATIVE WRITING | Short Story

The story has been a mode of expression since human beings first began to speak to each other.  The short story has evolved into many genres—realism, science fiction, horror, romance, fantasy, mystery—but across all modes it remains evocative and immediate, uniting our emotions and our intelligence in powerful, transformative ways.

Short stories may be in any style or genre—realism, science fiction, horror, romance, fantasy, mystery, etc.—but the judges will be looking for unity of effect and narrations with strong voices. Stories should address an environmental issue directly or indirectly.

 

CREATIVE WRITING | Essay

Essays engage the reader in an intimate conversation with the writer.  The reader eavesdrops, in a sense, on the writer’s ruminations and reflections; the reader witnesses the writer’s attempts to offer a fresh take on his/her own experiences.  Essays have the power to connect the dots between what is and what could be. For purposes of this competition, “essay” will be defined as a memoir or true story.  The judges will not consider journalistic or academic essays, but rather are looking for personal stories that express the student’s own experience, memories, or observations related to environmental issues, such as a personal story of a city, lake, sea changing over time and personal reflection of the change.

 

CREATIVE WRITING | Poetry

Poems can inspire and illuminate; a poem about the environment can move the reader to action or to tears.  Poetic images can be literal or metaphorical; the poet can distill facts or amplify into the realm of imagination.  The poet finds ways of using form and style to emphasize content, but whether formal or free verse, the end result will touch the reader.

Poems can be in any form or style but will ideally use imagery and clear expression to evoke an emotional and/or intellectual response in the reader. Poems should address an environmental issue directly or indirectly.  Simply mentioning a river or a mountain will likely be insufficient, but the poetry need not be didactic.  

 

 GENIUS CREATIVE WRITING | RULES

  • Application: A creative writing project can be prepared and submitted by only one student.
  • Application: You project file, including your creative work, must be submitted for complete application. All submissions must have titles. All projects, including affiliated fair winners, must submit their creative writing.
  • Application: Short story and essay projects should be 2000 words or less.  
  • Application: Poets can submit 1-5 poems.  There should be no more than one poem per page, and the submission must be no more than five pages total.
  • Application: Submissions should be on regular-size paper with 1.5” margins from each side.  They  should be double-spaced, in 12-point type, preferably using Times or Arial fonts.  Please do not use unusual fonts or single-spacing.  (Note: Poets can format their poem(s) as they see fit.)
  • Application: All projects must be submitted in their final format.

  • At the fair: GENIUS Olympiad will provide a printed copy of your work as a booklet. However, you are advised to bring your own printed copy.
  • At the fair: You may prepare an optional poster to present your creative work. This can be placed on any board 40x60 inches or smaller. 
  • At the fair: Finalists will give five-minute public readings (including judges) from their creative submissions.  Other participants will be present during each student's judging.  Judges will afterwards respond with critiques and questions for each Finalist reader.  How the reader responds to the questions of judges will influence medalist awards.
  • Read Finalist guide under rules for more information.

GENIUS Creative Writing Judging Criteria

1. Creativity
2. Genre
3. Structure
4. Style 
5. Relevance
6. Theme 
7. Concrete Detail
8. Overall Impression 

 

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