Two alumni of the Society for Science & the Public's science fair competitions were named 2016 MacArthur Fellows. They include: Bill Thies, a 1997 Intel STS finalist, and Dianne Newman, a 1987 and 1988 Intel ISEF finalist. Additionally, Manu Prakash, who won the first place prize in the Society's 2014 Science, Play and Research Kit (SPARK) competition, is a 2016 Fellow. These "genius grants" are awarded to notable researchers.
What are the genetic rules for the X-Men and witches and wizards in Harry Potter?
Two Science News and Science News for Students writers explored this and more on several panels at a recent conference in Atlanta, Georgia called DragonCon. This year, more than 77,000 people attended.
Honey is pretty sweet. But what’s even sweeter are its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, which Hannah Cevasco is researching.
Hannah, a 2015 Broadcom MASTERS second place winner, focuses on researching the effects of Manuka honey, produced in Australia and New Zealand, on the metabolic activity of cancer cells.
The Society congratulates the 2016 Broadcom MASTERS finalists for their impressive and innovative research projects. From the 300 semifinalists, 30 were chosen as finalists.
Here are some fun facts about the 30 finalists this year:
Not all teens discuss their future in science, technology, engineering, or math over pizza. But that's just what Anusha Zaman did this summer.
She dissected animals to learn how organs function, toured hospitals and a hyperbaric chamber, and cemented her goal of going into medicine. All while still in middle school!
Picture this: A 9th grade science class is studying the effects of global warming. Their teacher passes out several copies of a magazine focusing exclusively on climate change. Or, a 12th grade biology class studying the process of aging in different species peruses Science News’ special report on aging for current research.
An equal number of girls and boys will compete in the sixth annual Broadcom MASTERS competition, held in Washington, D.C. from October 27-November 1. The 30 finalists' projects range in topics, from wildfire detection software to dark matter, depression diagnostics to ocean acidification.
Alicia D'Souza creates STEM opportunities for underrepresented minorities. As the secretary of the Stanford Society of Women Engineers, she held a job fair to provide internships and jobs for students interested in STEM.
Ask a classroom to draw a scientist and you’re likely to see men in lab coats and goggles. Rarely are there any women depicted.
But that’s not the reality of STEM fields today. And Science News for Students, the sister publication to Science News, highlights the importance of women in STEM in a new feature that shows the amazing females involved in the front lines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Society for Science & the Public's Advocates mentor students and help them through the process of conducting scientific research and entering it into science fairs.
Pat Monteith, a Society Advocate for the 2016-2017 school year, said one of her students she's worked with for the past two years recently won first place in a science competition, the Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics. The award comes with $2,000 cash and a laptop.