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From Left: Laurie Rumker (Intel ISEF 2009, 2010; DCYSC 2007), Amy Chyao (Intel ISEF 2010), Courtney Jackson (Intel ISEF 2008, 2009, 2010), Eric Delgado (Intel STS 2008; Intel ISEF 2006, 2007, 2008), Nicholas Rajen (Intel ISEF 2008, 2010), Erika DeBenedictis (Intel STS 2010; Intel ISEF 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010), and SSP president Elizabeth Marincola
Eight Society for Science & the Public (SSP) alumni attended the first ever White House Science Fair on October 18 where President Obama recognized winners of the nation's top science competitions and viewed their award-winning projects.
The SSP alumni invited to participate were Betlihem Ayalew, 16, of Washington, D.C.; Amy Chyao, 16, of Richardson, Texas; Erika DeBenedictis, 18, of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Eric Delgado, 20, of Bayonne, New Jersey; Courtney Jackson, 17, of Cloquet, Minnesota; Raina Jain, 16, of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; Nicholas Rajen, 17, of Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Laurie Rumker, 17, of Portland, Oregon. All are current high school students except DeBenedictis, who is now a freshman at the California Institute of Technology, and Delgado, who is now a junior at Yale University.
A recent article in the Huffington Post by SSP president, Elizabeth Marincola, discusses why public-private partnerships are essential to ensure that our students excel in science.
Caprice "Cappi" Coleman teaches at Moss High School, a small, rural school near Holdenville, Oklahoma with 293 students in grades K-12. More than half of the students at Moss are economically disadvantaged. Coleman won a competitive SSP Fellows grant last year to help her start an independent research program at the school. Over the last several months, with the help of SSP, her students have spent time after school and on Saturdays monitoring water and soil related to a recent oil-field development in their community.
However, as one of the only science teachers at a small school, Coleman had to branch out of her comfort zone in the life sciences. "I have so many kids that are interested in robotics and in electronics. That's not a strength that I have, but I feel that I am the last science that they are going to get from 7th-12th grade," she says. "I've got to promote every kind of science and engineering; I've got to promote all of the things that I can because if they don't get it from me, and they don't go on to college, they are not going to get it."
The SSP Fellows Program is supported by a grant from the Intel Foundation. Read More about Cappi Coleman and the SSP Fellows.
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