Creative Projects


This page includes the general rules that pertain to all projects, the category-specific rules, and the judging criteria.
1. No levels or divisions are recognized with respect to creative contests.2. Each participating school may have as many entries as they would like in each project contest.3. Every project entered in a Regional Latin Forum contest must have been begun since the previous year’s State Forum. No group projects are allowed. A project MUST be the work of the student submitting it. The student may receive minor help from family members; the vast majority of the design and execution must be the student’s.4. Some projects—Technology (Audio-Visual and Computer Program) and Modern Myth—are prejudged. See rules for submitting prejudged projects below.5. Points will be deducted if the school’s name or student’s name appears on or in the project itself. Exceptions: Names may appear on the undisplayed back of any project. First names of students may appear in Audio-Visual and Computer Programs.6. Points will be deducted if proper credit in a standard bibliographic format is not given to audio, video, picture, and information sources. No text may be plagiarized (simply copied from the original source). Submissions must comply with the Copyright and Fair Use rules. See the NJCL information packet (i.e., the White Book) for details.7. A short, typed explanation of the making and the purpose of the project may accompany the submission (see rule 6 above). This may be a single page or several smaller documents (e.g., note cards that serve to label individual items in a grouping) that together do not exceed a single page of text. This accompanying text will not be judged as part of a project.8. Projects in the following categories must have no computer-generated, scanned, photocopied, or digitally produced or reproduced materials at all as part of the project to be judged: 2-D Non-Graphic Art, Drawings, Models, Paintings, Sculpture/Pottery, Textiles.9. Projects in the following categories must have no computer-generated, scanned, photocopied, or digitally produced or reproduced images of any kind but may have computer-generated text (see rule 6 above): Charts/Posters, Games, Illustrated Booklets, Maps, Miscellaneous, Traditional (Paper) Scrapbook.10. Projects in the following categories may have any computer-generated content (see rule 6 above; explanations must be given for originally produced elements): Audio-Visual, Computer Programs, and Digital Scrapbook.11. Submissions must comply with the Copyright and Fair Use rules. See the NJCL information packet (i.e., the White Book) for details.12. The use of edible components is prohibited. Projects constructed in whole or in part of food items will be disqualified for health and sanitary reasons.13. Physical reproductions of weapons (swords, spears, bows and arrows, etc.) and scale models of weapons are prohibited for safety reasons unless constructed of a safe material (e.g., a wooden or Styrofoam sword).14. Pay close attention to the dimension rules (length x width x height). No project height can exceed 36 inches. No height limit is indicated for projects that should be flat.
N.B.: Some categories have been combined for judging purposes. Please see the Contests description page of this packet for the categories.
PREJUDGED PROJECTS: Prejudged projects are divided into two classifications: Technology (Audio-Visual and Computer Program) and Modern Myth. Pre-judged projects must be submitted through e-mail to daniel_robie@scps.k12.fl.us by January 24, 2014. Each project MUST have its own e-mail message.
The SUBJECT line of the e-mail MUST contain the following information in this order:
Category, Student Name (School Name, Sponsor Name)
EXAMPLE: Audio/Visual 5-9, Ima B. Student (Ridgemont High School, Minerva McGonagall)
The CONTENT of the e-mail MUST include the following information in this order:
Project Category and Level (5-9 or 10-12):
Title of Project:
Description of Project:
Student Name:
School Name:
Grade:
Level of Latin:
The PROJECT ITSELF may be an attachment to the e-mail or a link to an Internet-based storage or hosting site, e.g., Dropbox or YouTube.

Technology:
Audio-Visual: (Pre-Judged) Submissions must be able to play on a PC using Media Player or needing no additional software to play or download. The maximum length for these presentations is 5 minutes. The project can be a combination of information and entertainment. Quality, not quantity, will be more heavily scored by the judges. Although other students may be involved in the production, e.g., as actors or cameramen, the student submitting the project must have written, directed, and edited the project himself.
Computer Programs:(Pre-Judged) A program may be original or adapted. If original, please include the printed source code. If adapted, the source of a program must be identified. PowerPoint presentations must be in this category. If a commercial program is used to create graphics or other special effects, credit must be given at the beginning of the program. A program must be designed to be used in the teaching of Latin. Programs which focus on any academic contest content area are acceptable (e.g., Latin grammar, Roman history, customs, et al.). A program may be designed as a study unit, a test, a game, or the like. A program should take no more than 5 minutes to run. Points will be deducted for run-time errors. The student must submit with the program a short (maximum one page), typed explanation of what has been done and for what purpose. Include instructions on how to run the program.
Modern Myth: The Modern Myth may be one of the following:Category 1: An original myth to explain the existence of some phenomenon in nature or modern culture (it should use Classical Greek or Roman mythological characters but not a combination of both; new, invented characters with classical names may also be used).Category 2: A classical myth in modern dress or setting that should be recognizable through the plot and not through the names of characters (the writer must identify the original myth in a postscript to the story).Category 3: A new myth using classical figures (may include minor original characters), e.g., a new Hercules tale.The Modern Myth should not contradict an existing myth. New characters and/or new adventures may be invented, but no tampering with basic, traditional mythology should occur.Myths must be 500-1200 words long. Myths outside this range will lose 1 point per 100 words off with a maximum deduction of 8 points; entries over 2000 words will be disqualified. The entry must be typed, double-spaced, black ink, 12-point standard font (Arial, Times New Roman, or similar), with one-inch margins. The entry may be prose or poetry. The top of each page must feature the title, category number (see above), and page number. The cover sheet must include the name of the student, school, teacher’s name, grade in school, level of Latin completed, the total number of words, the title of the myth, and the category (i.e., 1, 2 or 3 as identified above). Entries that do not state the student’s grade level will be disqualified. Points will be deducted on the basis of one point per missing item if any information is missing. It is emphatically recommended that the student’s sponsor read and approve the entry—both the story itself and the cover sheet. Sponsors may e-mail daniel_robie@scps.k12.fl.us for a cover sheet template.

II. PROJECTS JUDGED AT FORUM: These projects will be divided into six classifications:
(1) Drawings
(2) Handicrafts (Textiles; Pottery/Sculpture; Two-Dimensional, Non-Graphic)
(3) Information (Illustrated Notebooks; Charts and Posters; Maps)
(4) Games and Miscellaneous
(5) Models
(6) Paintings
Criteria for judging will be originality, neatness, degree of skill, artistry and mastery of media, design, and adherence to classical theme. All projects (except paintings and drawings, which cannot be groups) are to consist of one item or several variations of the same item whose combined size is within the size limitations; e.g., one large aqueduct model or two smaller, related aqueduct models whose combined size conforms to the category specifications; one quilt or several pieces of embroidery whose combined size conforms to the category specifications. Projects submitted on common tri-fold Science Fair project display boards measuring 36 x 48 will be judged as oversized and penalized accordingly. A project may be framed. No project may be covered with glass, plastic, or lamination. Electrically-powered projects cannot be plugged in; they must be battery-operated. Projects must be completely set up at time of check in; no one may tend to or tinker with a project after close of check in. Projects must be picked up at the end of Forum, or they will be discarded.


(1) Drawing (pencil, ink, crayon, pastel, marker):Picture surface must be between 8 x 11 inches and 16 x 20 inches. Entire submission including mat must not exceed 20 x 24.
(2) Handicrafts:
Textiles:Maximum dimensions are limited to 42 x 42 x 36 inches. No kits or patterns may be used without major changes. If a kit or pattern is used, it must be noted on the Project Description Card. This category includes items such as quilts, sewn dolls, clothing, cross stitch, embroidery, weaving, banners, etc.
Pottery/Sculpture:Maximum dimensions are limited to the 36 x 36 x 36 inches. Must be hand made only. If a mold is used, the mold and a description of the process of how the mold was made and used must accompany the art.
Two-Dimensional, Non-Graphic:Maximum dimensions are limited to the 36 x 36 x 36 inches. This category includes mosaics, stained glass, wood inlay, metal etchings, and the like. Mosaics must be made on a firm background. Only one layer of tesserae may be used. The entire surface of a mosaic must be covered with tesserae.
(3) Information:
Illustrated Notebooks:Maximum dimensions are limited to 16 x 20 inches. Notebooks are not term papers or research papers. The emphasis is on original drawn or painted illustration. Notebook text should be the student’s own words. Do not plagiarize sources. Information sources should be cited in correct bibliographic form at the end of the notebooks. The use of photocopying or Internet pictures is prohibited; original artwork is required. Text may be computer generated. This category includes books, recipe books, scrolls, and thematic notebooks.
Charts and Posters:Maximum dimensions are limited to the size of one standard piece of poster board (22 x 28 inches) or medium foam board (20 x 30 inches). The use of photocopying or Internet pictures is prohibited; original drawn or painted artwork is required. Text may be computer generated. [Note: NJCL rules restrict posters entered at National Convention to exactly 22 x 28.]
Maps:Maximum dimensions are limited to the size of one standard piece of poster board (22 x 28 inches) or medium foam board (20 x 30 inches). May vary in media (e.g., a textile reproduction of a map) and may be three-dimensional. All maps, regardless of medium (e.g., textile, painting, model) should be registered in this category. Maps represent real spaces. Journeys of mythological heroes through real places are MAPS. Representations of fictional spaces, like the Underworld, are not MAPS, but CHARTS. The use of photocopying or Internet pictures is prohibited; original drawn or painted artwork is required. Text may be computer generated.
(4) Games and Miscellaneous:
Games:Maximum dimensions are limited to 22 x 28 x 36 (the size of one standard piece of poster board) or 20 x 30 x 36 (the size of a medium foam board). Games must be the original conception of the student; games may not simply adapt existing games (e.g., Mythopoly that copies the Monopoly concept or Periculum that copies Risk). Games must include directions, playing pieces, and everything needed to play. Games may be made of various media. The use of photocopying or Internet pictures is prohibited; original drawn or painted artwork is required. Text may be computer generated. Student must make all parts of the game (including but not limited to the playing pieces, dice, and game board). No store-bought game pieces, game boards, etc., may be used.
Miscellaneous:This category includes items not falling into any other category. Projects must not be entered in the miscellaneous category simply to avoid the penalty for failure to comply with rules in the other categories. Maximum dimensions are limited to 42 x 42 x 36 inches. This category includes items such as actual size reproductions (e.g., of armor or tools), jewelry, decoupage, and other unique items.
(5) Models:Maximum dimensions are limited to 42 x 42 x 36 inches. Models should be workable, if applicable. Models are scale reproductions (i.e., not actual size) either of a particular item or a generic type, e.g., house, theater, bridge. No kits or patterns may be used.
(6) Paintings: (watercolors, acrylic, oil, tempera, spray paint, enamel paint, poster paint, ink (if applied with something other than a pen)) Picture surface must be between 8 x 11 inches and 16 x 20 inches. Entire submission including mat must not exceed 20 x 24.


CREATIVE CONTESTS: JUDGING CRITERIA



When producing a creative project, you may want to consider the following judging criteria. Numbers in parentheses are the maximum number of points possible for the associated criterion.
Audio/Visual: Adherence to Classical Theme (5), Skillful Development of Theme (5), Adherence to Rules (10), Technical Quality (10), Content (10), Overall Effect (10); TOTAL (50).
Computer Programs: Originality/Creativity (5), Adherence to Classical Theme (5), Ease of Running (10), Degree of Skill (5), Content (5), Adherence to Rules (5), Overall Effect (15); TOTAL (50).
Modern Myth: Classical Allusion/Reference (20), Originality/Creativity (20), Theme (central idea or purpose) (15), Style (tone, coherence, etc.) (10), Mechanics (accuracy in usage, grammar, spelling) (15), Overall Effect (20); TOTAL (100).
Maps, Charts and Posters, Illustrated Booklets: Originality/Creativity (5), Degree of Skill (5), Design and Color (5), Accuracy/Authenticity (5), Adherence to Classical Theme (5), Neatness (5), Correct English/Latin (5), Adherence to Rules (5), Overall Effect (10); TOTAL (50).
Paintings, Drawings, Textiles, Pottery, Models, Miscellaneous, 2-D Non-Graphic Art, Games: Originality/Creativity (5), Degree of Skill (5), Design and Color (5), Accuracy/Authenticity (5), Adherence to Classical Theme (5), Neatness (5), Adherence to Rules (5), Overall Effect (15); TOTAL (50).
For the last time….
Pre-judged projects must be submitted through e-mail to daniel_robie@scps.k12.fl.us by January 24, 2014.