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The week of Intel ISEF 2010 was full of amazing opportunities, networking, and learning for several Society Fellows and their students. Some Fellows came with Finalists or student observers, while others were there to experience Intel ISEF and best learn how to help prepare their students to earn the opportunity to compete at future Intel ISEFs.
Three of the 2009 SSP Fellows, Tamica Stubbs, Raymond Nance, and Valdine McLean, and one of our 2010 SSP Fellows, Melanie Schwarzbach, came with Finalists. One of Melanie’s students, Kaylene Ramos, even won the Air Force Second Award of $1,500 for her project “Phytoremediation: Does Age Make a Difference?”
Tamica and Raymond, along with 2009 Society Fellow Connie Wyrick, also brought nine student observers. While these students did not compete, they were able to learn more about the Intel ISEF process, which encourages them to strive to become a Finalist next year. They also volunteered at the Public Education Outreach Day on Thursday, May 13, 2010 to help chaperone local visiting middle school students through a guided tour. On the tour, which involved hands-on science experiences such as dissecting a squid or building a rocket, the student observers shared their excitement for science with the younger group.
The Society Fellows also learned a lot that week. Fellows who did not bring students this year attended the Intel Educator's Academy sessions where teachers around the world shared their best practices for encouraging innovation. All of the Fellows also attended the Intel ISEF Symposia which offered sessions such as “Science from the Student’s Perspective,” and “A New Outreach Opportunity: Science Research Training Workshop for Teachers and Students.”
The 2009 Fellows also took part in the Symposia during the presentation “Empowering the Teaching Professional through Project Management Planning (PMP)."* The session, presented by Jennifer Carter, Director of Outreach at the Society, covered the Fellows’ experiences creating PMPs during the 2009 Fellows Institute. The Society provides all the new Fellows with this intensive training in Washington, D.C. to help them draft and implement their plans. Here are just a few things the Fellows shared with the attendees:
Engaging in science research can impart a variety of skills—problem-solving, critical thinking, collaboration and effective communication, to name a few.
In 2003, we were being recruited to head up judging at Intel ISEF, which was being held in Phoenix two years later.