As an American high school student walked throughout China and met local students, she realized in spite of their different language and culture, "we were all inspired by the same thing — science."
Katie Younglove, a 2016 Intel ISEF finalist, recently returned to the U.S. after a special awards trip to China. The group of finalists chosen to travel to China spent over a week visiting several cities, schools, and other students interested in STEM.
"You've got to have a community of geeks to build a successful science program," said Lisa Scott, a teacher in Florida. "I tell my students, yes you're geeks, but so are we (the teachers)," Lisa said.
A geek is just someone who is excited about what they're doing, she explained during a panel at the Research Teachers Conference, sponsored by Regeneron. The conference was held in Washington, D.C. on September 30 to October 1, 2016.
You need a community of geeks to build a successful science program.
Sometimes the hardest thing for students to do is find a topic that interests them for a science research project, said Phyllis Serfaty, a teacher in New York.
Phyllis led a panel, along with Mike Charkiewicz, a teacher in Suffield, Connecticut, and Kim Failor, a teacher at Stanford Online High School, at the Research Teachers Conference, sponsored by Regeneron. The conference was held in Washington, D.C. on September 30 to October 1, 2016.
Phyllis tries to get her students interested in science topics by presenting science articles of various fields.
In sixth grade, Rebecca Nyquist learned how to prove her science teacher wrong and find answers for herself.
Rebecca Nyquist, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, was the keynote speaker at the Research Teachers Conference, sponsored by Regeneron, held in Washington, D.C. on September 30 to October 1, 2016.
Rebecca discussed grit and mindfulness in a speech she dedicated as a tribute to her sixth grade science teacher, who passed away in a bike accident this summer.
Some teachers come in on the weekends and stay after school to help students create projects for science fairs. Kathy Lin, a middle school teacher in Hawaii, even has hot dogs during an after-school program since school lunch isn't offered.
"Hot dogs are a big draw for students. They came for the hot dogs at first, but stayed for the projects," she said.
Almost a dozen Society for Science & the Public alumni were recognized with fellowships from the Davidson Foundation on September 21, 2016 at the annual fellowship award ceremony.
Twenty recipients total in the fields of science, engineering, music, literature, technology, math, and an “out-of-the-box” category were honored with awards. Eleven Society alumni of the Regeneron Science Talent Search (previously the Intel STS), Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, and Broadcom MASTERS competitions were included.
This weekend, Lawrence High School teacher Stephen Sullivan will travel to Washington, D.C. for a special meeting with 199 other science research teachers.
Karan Jerath, a 2015 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) finalist, studies oil spills. Karan was recently selected as a Young Leader for the Sustainable Development Goals by the United Nations.
"I am really excited about this opportunity and hope to work on promoting STEM education as well as promoting sustainability through an engineering lens," he said.
The human brain fascinates Luiz Fernando da Silva Borges, a Brazilian high school student. He works with brain-machine interfaces to understand the inner workings of the brain.
Read our interview with Luiz below to learn more about these interfaces, his current research on a method to communicate with people in comas, and why he chases utopias.
In high school, Naveena Bontha created an energy efficient way to reduce people's carbon footprints. The Washington state high school student's novel approach to create inexpensive electrochromic coatings for smart windows earned her the attention of one of the Special Award Organizations at the 2016 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in May.