Learning how to communicate science research effectively is critical. It's the difference between the public believing in a bunk study and funding the important research that scientists do every day.
Twenty-five middle school students from around the world said "hello" in their native languages, from Navajo, to Chinese, to Hebrew, to Welsh on Sunday night. They decorated team posters with catchy names and icebreaker activities.
On March 14, after tinkering at TechShop for Pi Day, the STS 2016 finalists gathered at dinner for the Intel Innovation speeches.
Rosalind Hudnell, the Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Diversity Officer at Intel, called the finalists rockstars. She even snapped a photo during dinner and tweeted it.
"I still feel like an underachiever in this audience," Rosalind said.
David Letterman-style top ten lists, stickers and counterintuitive advice made for a lively visit to the National Institutes of Health during the Intel Science Talent Search finalists’ week in Washington, D.C. in March.
"I started as a young kid with a chemistry set, blowing stuff up," said NIH Director Francis Collins. He discussed the institute's history and goals.
Intel ISEF 2015 finalist Ritika Bharati is a Breakthrough Junior Challenge Breakthrough Prize finalist. She created a video to explain oncolytic virotherapy for the prize. In addition to being a young scientist, Ritika has a hobby of making science videos.
The Society caught up with Ritika after she became a Breakthrough Prize finalist.
"Science is often thought of as a lonely profession," observed Nobel Laureate and Westinghouse STS alum Walter Gilbert at the Society's first ever alumni conference. "But it's actually a very social thing. We feel a social involvement to develop things for the benefit of others and other scientists."
All three of Society for Science & the Public's science competitions — Intel Science Talent Search, Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, and Broadcom MASTERS — received the National Association of Secondary School Principals' seal for 2016-2017.
The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed the Society's programs on the 2016-17 NASSP List of Approved Contests, Programs, and Activities for Students. The Society's science education programs have been included in the NASSP listing for the past several years.