The 1st Anatolia College Science and Technology Annual Student Conference (ACSTAC), organized by Anatolia College, was held on its campus on the weekend of 19 – 20 March, 2011. ACSTAC has been approved by the Greek Ministry of Education, UNESCO and the IUPAC (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry) Board. The purpose and fundamental idea behind ACSTAC is the creation of an environment - in the framework of an educational simulation - that models a scientific conference giving students the opportunity to participate in a research-based process. This sort of simulated process provides an intellectually exciting and challenging learning experience through which students can observe and apply the approaches and methods that researchers adopt in order conduct research and to contribute knowledge to their particular field. At the same time students were able to assume a variety of roles such as those of paper and poster presenters, peer reviewers, organizers, and conference participants. The aims of the ACSTAC are to promote positive attitudes of students towards research, enhance student interest in the sciences, give students the opportunity to acquire research-based skills, cultivate a scientific way of thinking, foster discovery and exploratory learning and provide students with multidimensional and rich learning experiences. The Organizing Committee of the conference consists of teachers, alumni and students of Anatolia College whereas the reviewing committees comprise teachers and students from Anatolia and from other schools and Anatolia alumni.
The student conference sessions were accompanied by talks given by distinguished scientists, a series of scientific workshops, an interview and a debate. ACSTAC keynote speakers were Dr. I. Antoniou, Director of the Masters Program of the Mathematics Department of the Aristotle University and holder of the 2008 Prigogine Prize, Dr. P. Diamandis, Founder and Chairman of the X PRIZE Foundation, an educational non-profit prize institute, Dr. T. Michailidis, mathematics professor and author of books on math and computing and Dr. Constantinos Daskalakis, MIT Professor and holder of the 2008 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award and the 2008 Game Theory and Computer Science Prize together with Paul Goldberg and Christos Papadimitriou. The debate team members were Dr. D. Keridis, Professor of the University of Macedonia, Mr. D. Kokkonis, Philologue of Athens College and the two IB students Alexandros Mitkas and Konstantinos Tarabanis. The topic they debated on questioned the right for countries to continue funding research given the current socio-economic crisis that the world is facing.
All the sessions, talks and events were all held in various Anatolia venues and the opening and closing ceremonies were held in Raphael Hall with simultaneous transmissions in Tsipos and Tracey Halls. The seven month long preparations were justified by ACSTAC's exemplary organization. After having submitted their papers, students frompri 32 schools - 5 from Athens, 1 from Rhodes and the remaining from Thessaloniki - participated in the conference some giving talks on topics from the areas of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics and others presenting their posters with topics from the same scientific areas to a large audience of conference participants, teachers and visitors. The comments made by all those who attended the conference (school deans, school counselors, teachers of secondary and tertiary education, parents and visitors) regarding its organization were extremely flattering.
$1· Dr. I. Antoniou, Director of the Postgraduate Studies Program on Web Science of the Mathematics Department of the Aristotle University and holder of the 2008 Prigogine Prize
$1· Dr. P. Diamandis, Founder and Chairman of the X PRIZE Foundation, an educational non-profit prize institute
$1· Dr. T. Michailidis, mathematics professor and author of books on math and computing
$1· Dr. Constantinos Daskalakis, MIT Professor and holder of the 2008 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award and the 2008 Game Theory and Computer Science Prize together with Paul Goldberg and Christos Papadimitriou.
Papers that were awarded at ACSTAC 2011
These are the papers and posters that were reviewed from the special scientific committees and from the people who were present in the conference through the SMS voting system. The following papers were distinguished:
- Most Interesting: #202 Emotional Intelligence (EQ); Meropi Karakioulaki, 2nd High School of Anatolia College
- Most Innovating: #153 Study of existence of “golden analogy” in the human body; Dimitris Iliadis, Anestis Apostolidis, Nikos Alvanos, 2nd High School of Echedoros
- Most clearly elaborated: #61 Left-handedness: advantage or disadvantage; Rafaella Paggeiou, Kosteas-Geitonas School
- Most Interesting: #223 Produce and characterization of Sculptra: is it an alternative idea towards the conventional polymers? Alexandros Mitkas, International Baccalaureate, Anatolia College
- Most Innovating: #129 Green Schools: Characteristics and Differences with the modern schools; Roumpini Pontikaki, Christina Poka, Elli Roukounaki, Stefanos Chalamandaris, LFH Eugene Delacroix
- Most clearly elaborated: #168 Hydrogen: the combustible of the 21st century, Zoi Daniilaki, Eleni Karida, Giannis Koulas, Loudovikos Soufleros, Antonis Chatzilazarou, 1st Experimental High School of Thessaloniki
- Most Interesting: #197 Creation of an algorithm that produces emotions for more effective authentication in computers, Georgios Assioglou, Ioannis Aristidakis, Ekpaideftiria Apostolos Pavlos
- Most Innovating: #195 Simulation and customization of a computer network using software, Georgios Assioglou, Ioannis Aristidakis, Ekpaideftiria Apostolos Pavlos
- Most clearly elaborated: #93 Technology and personal data, Iraklis Pekkas, 3rd High School of Kalamaria
- Most Interesting: #187 Calculating the remainders; the Gauss Computer, Ilias Katris, German School of Athens
- Most Innovating: #56 Interesting follow ups to the Fibonacci sequence, Stiliani Pantela, Ekpaideftiria Kostea-Geitona
- Most clearly elaborated: #142 Euclidean geometry, Rallou Taratori, Ekpaideftiria Mandoulides
- Best Paper: #133 Magnetic nanoparticles in Biomedicine, Spiros Georgakos, Christina Siouti, Emmanouel Terzidis, 1st Experimental High School “Manolis Andronikos”
- Most Innovating: #206 Measuring the refractive index of a glass based on the phenomenon of total reflection, Giorgos Tsakiridis, 2nd High School of Echedoros
- Most well written (1): #227 Creating a spectrograph range to analyze the radiation of a light source, Theodora Oustoglou, Mersina Mellidou, Foivos Frydas, Evangelos Chasapis, Giannis Skourtis, 1st High School of Anatolia College
- Most well written (2): #158 Review of the research for planets out of the solar system that can support life, Dimitra Stamkopoulou, Eleni Kourouklidou, Ioanna Maggira, Evaggelia Papalexiou, Anastasia Petraki, Gymnasio of Anatolia College
- Cloning, Celia Tsapalou, Lily Baskini, Christina Moschou