Society for Science & the Public received a $94,928 grant from The Lemelson Foundation to expand innovation and invention initiatives aimed primarily at middle school students. This funding will support the development of an 18-article series, published in Science News for Students (SNS), each year from 2016 through 2018. Focusing on innovation and invention, this series is designed to further inspire young minds to impact the world through science and engineering.
"Choosing to do a science fair project is a risk. You pour hundreds of hours into a project that may or may not culminate in recognition. You pour your heart and soul into it; you work, you sacrifice. While my friends are holding jobs, attending social events, and relaxing the summer away, I’m in the lab every day. And I love it."- Rebecca Bloomfield, Broadcom MASTERS 2013 and Intel ISEF 2014 finalist
Society for Science & the Public held its first-ever end of the year campaign in 2016. Society staff members raised a total of $3,500, which allowed us to bring the Science News in High Schools program to seven schools in the Washington, DC area, including: Ballou High School, Benjamin Banneker Academic High School, Columbia Heights Education Campus (CHEC), Eastern High School, H.D. Woodson Senior High School, McKinley Technology High School, and Wilson High School.
Two Society alumni were selected as 2016 Three Dot Dash Global Teen Leaders (GTL). The GTL program honors young people who are working to change the world. Three Dot Dash is a global initiative of the We Are Family Foundation.
I #Give2Science by explaining phantom limb syndrome in a fun science video.- Jackson Huang, Intel ISEF 2015 finalist
The Society is compiling photographs of how members of our community give back to science, whether that’s by teaching, doing research, performing experiments, inventing new things, participating in or supporting science fairs, mentoring young scientists, or even just looking at the world with a scientific gaze.
Westinghouse Science Talent Search 1944 finalist Kenneth Ford published his tenth book in March, Building the H Bomb: A Personal History. Kenneth, a physicist, is the author of several books on quantum physics and flying small planes.
Intel Science Talent Search 2012 finalist Benjamin Van Doren recently won the 2016 Marshall Scholarship. Benjamin is a double major in biological sciences and biometry and statistics in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University.
Broadcom MASTERS 2014 finalist and 2015 top winner Annie Ostojic was honored by a school assembly on Wednesday, November 18. She received a $25,000 check and her school, Wilbur Wright Middle School of Munster, Indiana, received a $1,000 check from the Broadcom Foundation to use for STEM programming, supplies, or activities.
I #Give2Science by studying how seagrass beds might shield coral reefs from the effects of ocean acidification- Meghan Shea, Intel ISEF 2011 finalist and Intel STS 2013 finalist
SSP is compiling photographs of how members of our community give back to science, whether that’s by teaching, doing research, performing experiments, inventing new things, participating in or supporting science fairs, mentoring young scientists, or even just looking at the world with a scientific gaze.
In addition to the Society for Science & the Public's three prestigious science education competitions, we also have many Affiliated Fairs throughout the country and the world. The Society wants to offer a chance for our members, alumni, and others to give back through volunteering or judging at local science fairs.