Science fairs and competitions — they’re a gateway to higher education and STEM careers.
But that gateway isn’t always open to countless low-income and underserved minority students who don’t even know science fairs exist — students like one Washington, D.C., public high school senior whom Victor Hall met earlier this year.
Eureka! Lab, one of the Society for Science & the Public's blogs dedicated to communicating science to students, is seeking funding to create a free video series to bring real experiments to life. This resource will provide the spark to get students exploring the world around them and asking and answering questions through experiments.
Thirty-one Advocates were selected out of 240 applications to be included in the 2016-2017 Advocate Grant Program. Advocates receive a stipend of $3,000 to guide 3-5 underrepresented students in conducting a scientific or engineering research project to completing applications for scientific competitions.
The Society received 240 applications from 45 states, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico.
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On May 12, Society for Science & the Public, in partnership with the Intel Foundation, announced the winners of the Special Award Organization prizes at Intel ISEF 2016. Special award organizations are corporations, government agencies, universities, or nonprofits who sponsor awards for finalists at Intel ISEF.
Student winners are ninth through twelfth graders who earned the right to compete at the Intel ISEF 2016 by winning a top prize at a local, regional, state or national science fair.
How many chances are you given to ask questions of a Nobel Prize and science award-winners? At the Excellence in Science and Technology panel on Tuesday, the Intel ISEF 2016 finalists were given that opportunity.
The esteemed panel included: J. Michael Bishop, who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1989; Martin Chalfie, who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2008; Elissa Hallem, who won a MacArthur Fellowship in 2012; and Cato Laurencin, who won the National Medal of Technology and Innovation in 2016.
Amid the palpable electricity buzzing in the concert-sized hall full of Intel ISEF 2016 finalists, there were two towering Tesla coils and a member of Plasma Phonic wearing a special suit in between them. He pushed his face directly into the path of electricity, at one point sifting the current through his hands like a stream of water.
Beeping and 8-bit music from video games filled the air. A room full of middle school and high school students tried to beat, and break, video games during one workshop of the Student Observer program on Wednesday morning.
While Intel ISEF is bustling along, a Student Observer cohort gathers to experience workshops and the finalists' projects together.
Gwynne Ash is an Intel ISEF 1983 finalist who returned as a Grand Awards Judge for Intel ISEF 2016. Now she's excited to see the 2016 finalists' projects. Gwyne is overwhelmed by the quality of their research.
Journey from finalist to judge: I don’t remember not doing science fairs. It's the ultimate in self-expression for kids, if they’re interested in science.