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Lighting the universe: Rethinking what the first stars were like
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Recent commerce report affirms value of STEM degree across sectors
SSP Fellow Kathleen Dwyer
Jay Krishnan shares what it was like to go to CERN with 11 other Intel ISEF Finalists

Participants at a previous SSP middle school competition
Participants conducting an experiment at the 2008 SSP middle school competition

Broadcom MASTERS Draws Applicants from 45 States

Evaluators are poring over the 1,476 applications received for the first Broadcom MASTERS, a program of Society for Science & the Public. Sixth, seventh, and eighth graders from 45 states and Puerto Rico applied after nomination by their local science fairs based on their award-winning projects.

Three hundred Semifinalists will be announced on August 16, and the very best of them will be named as the 30 Finalists on August 31. Finalists will win an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, DC, in October to showcase their projects and compete for awards and prizes, including the top education award of $25,000 presented by the Samueli Foundation, a gift of Susan and Henry Samueli, a founder of Broadcom. 

SSP Fellow Connie Wyrick's students
Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) with SSP Fellows Joyce Corriere and Travis Hartberger
SSP Fellow Connie Wyrick's students
Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) with SSP Fellow Jonathon Wetherington

New SSP Fellows Train in DC

The third class of SSP Fellows traveled to Washington, DC, this week for the Fellows Institute. The ten high school teachers received program management training and participated in an intensive week of workshops on guiding students in scientific research. While in the Nation's capital, the Fellows also visited their representatives on Capitol Hill to discuss science education.

The Fellows, who were competitively selected from a large entrant pool representing 42 states and American Samoa and are supported through a generous grant from Intel, are designing independent research programs for their students. Fellows are selected from communities that have lacked resources to provide science research opportunities to high school students.

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Madelyn Ho (Intel ISEF 2003, Intel STS Semifinalist 2004) dancing with Justin Kahan
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The red and green glowing lights in this picture are “airglow” in the Earth’s ionosphere. (This photo was taken from a space shuttle, visible at left.) The March tsunami that wreaked havoc on Japan produced similar atmospheric, glowing ripples.
Credit: NASA Johnson Space Center.

Science News for Kids explains...

Tsunami’s trek traced in the sky

By Stephen Ornes

In March, an earthquake shook the seafloor 80 miles east of Japan. It released a fast and powerful wave, called a tsunami, which struck the island nation and caused death and destruction. The recovery could take years. Newspapers and websites carried images of the catastrophe caused by the tsunami. Read More

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