Pale Blue Dot

There's more than meets the eye

Timeline


Last date to register: 6 August, 2022
Prelims: 7 August, 2022
Finals (both online and offline): 3 or 4 September 2022

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Description

We are human beings looking at the world around us through a human perspective. However, let us consider the possibility that there could be other beings like us – far, far away in the cosmos. How would they look at us? What would they think of our planet? Explore an outsider’s perspective of our own planet, "the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known", to quote Carl Sagan.
Join us in the novel journey to understanding our familiar planet from the point of view of an extra-terrestrial being, who tests your reasoning, knowledge, curiosity, creativity, and practical skills that could help you save your planet from extinction.
Explore the exciting aspects of the planet that you were unaware of, through an amazing journey that takes you through them step-by-step, with challenges awaiting you at each stage.
This journey is to be held at two levels:
Prelims: Solve a few problems to get a taste of problem-solving in Earth science using ideas from physics, chemistry, biology and so on.
Finals: Bring out the scientist in you- solve mysteries using logic and limited information to unveil exciting results, get hands-on experience in Earth Science labs.

Rules

  1. General rules and eligibility:
    • Any student studying in class 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th, or any 1st year undergraduate can participate in the event.
    • Participants must register as teams of 1 or 2 students each.
    • Both participants of a 2-member team must be from the same class and the same school/institution.
    • Registration fees is Rs 100 per team.
    • Early bird special: Teams that register before 20th July have to pay just Rs 50 as fee.
    • One member of the team must fill out the details of all members participating along with contact info of each. Every team must provide a team name.
    • Last date of registration is 25th July (tentative).
    • The event will be held in two levels: prelims and finals.
    • Prelims will be conducted entirely in online mode.
    • Teams selected for finals will be notified through email, and the list will be uploaded on the website well ahead of the finals to allow participants from outside to plan their travel.
    • Finals will be held both offline and online. Top teams from Bangalore and outside will get a chance to visit IISc campus for an offline round. Teams from outside Bangalore that qualify prelims but cannot come to the campus for whatsoever reason can sit for an online final round.
    • A form will be sent to all candidates selected for finals soon after prelims results are announced, for them to fill out necessary details, and mention whether they will be able to attend the finals offline.
    • All deadlines for submitting answers to questions are strict and will not be extended under any circumstances.
    • For 2-member teams, only one submission through email will be considered (for prelims and online version of the finals). In case of multiple submissions (although we discourage doing this), only the last attempt within the deadline will be considered for evaluation.
    • All answer submissions in online rounds must be made from the email ID’s submitted in the registration form. No mails from any other ID will be considered for evaluation (barring special cases).
  2. Prelims:
    • The prelims will be held online August 7, a Sunday.
    • Participants will be notified about the exact timings of the prelims soon.
    • Questions will be sent via mail to all participants on their registered mail address just before the commencement of the test.
    • The questions will be short or long answer type with few objective questions.
    • Candidates can submit scanned, handwritten answers on paper/tablet or typed answers to questions through a single pdf document (or 2 documents for 2-member teams) containing all the answers. You can send hand-drawn images as a separate scanned pdf only in case you have typed your answers. Everything to be uploaded during the exam must be sent as a single e-mail to the event mail address given below, with subject “Prelims answers”.
    • For handwritten answers, the handwriting should be legible, otherwise the answer will not be evaluated.
    • Participants are free to use the internet during the prelims to avail data required to solve the problems. However, they must cite the source whenever they use information (such as numerical values) from the internet or some book.
  3. Finals - Offline: (Earth science seminar hall, booking for which has been made on 4th sept)
    • Finals will be held during Pravega. Exact date, timing and venue will be notified later.
    • Top 6 teams who qualify the prelims will be eligible to take part in the finals. However, the actual number of finalists may vary.
    • Finalists from outside Bangalore will get accommodation if they decide to take part in offline finals.
    • Duration for the finals is 6 hours.
    • Finalists will not have access to any electronic devices except calculators (not mobile phones, again) during the final round.
    • In case of a tie, prelims scores of the teams in tie will be considered.
    • Lab activity will be held in IISc Earth science labs after the written round of the finals.
  4. Finals - Online:
    • Those participants (only from outside Bangalore) who qualify the prelims will be eligible for an online level equivalent to the finals via google forms.
    • This is only meant for participants who qualify the prelims but are unable to come to Bangalore to attend the finals.
    • This level will be held on the same date as offline finals and the duration will be 6 hours.
    • Candidates can submit scanned, handwritten answers on paper/tablet or typed answers to questions through a single pdf document (or 2 documents for 2-member teams) containing all the answers. You can send hand-drawn images as a separate scanned pdf only in case you have typed your answers. Everything to be uploaded during the exam must be sent as a single e-mail to the event mail address given below, with subject “Online Finals answers”.

Prizes

  1. Offline finals
    • Winner: Rs. 5000
    • 1st Runner Up: Rs. 2000
    • 2nd Runner Up: Rs. 1250
  2. Online finals
    • Winner: Rs. 1000
    • 1st Runner Up: Rs. 750


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