A few weeks ago on a sunny Friday afternoon, I found myself at the Yale University Center for Engineering Innovation and Design for our first-ever SSP Alumni Pizza Party, spearheaded by Yale junior and Intel ISEF alumna Yamini Naidu. The center seems like the lair of a mad scientist, with sixteen high tables -- the kind you would find in a workshop or high school science class, power tools, spools of copper wire, 3D Printers, and even a sewing machine stocked with thread of every imaginable color.
This fall, Broadcom MASTERS, a program of Society for Science & the Public, will partner with the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California to host the Broadcom MASTERS Finals Week. Thirty Broadcom MASTERS finalists will be competing in a week-long series of hands-on challenges and other activities taking place October 1-7, 2015.
The Intel Foundation partnered with the China Adolescents for Science and Technology Organization to award six Intel ISEF finalists an 11-day trip to the Chinese cities of Beijing, Chengdu, and Hong Kong, including: Niklas Fauth, Sophia Korner, Kathy Liu, Diya Mathur, Raymond Wang, and Joshua Zhou.
Society for Science & the Public launched the Science News in High Schools program this week, as part of a larger commitment to create a more scientifically literate society. More than 170,000 students and 10,000 educators at 238 schools in 21 states and the United Kingdom will gain free access to content produced by Science News.
Alexa Dantzler, winner of the Glenn T. Seaborg award at Intel STS 2013, started an initiative to recruit young minority women into university-level research labs. She is challenging the low-diversity statistics of STEM jobs through Students Obtaining Atlanta Research (SOAR). She believes SOAR will provide a head start for these underrepresented minorities and women by matching them with mentors.
The 2015 Broadcom MASTERS finalists were born with "goggles and beakers in hand." They read a novel a week, participate in their school plays and musicals, create origami, and build robots. The finalists watch “Cosmos,” read science and computer magazines, and listen to science programs on the radio.
Society for Science & the Public is seeking a new title sponsor for the Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious high school science competition. The new sponsor will assume sole title sponsorship of this premier competition and begin their partnership with the Society beginning in 2017.
After competing at Intel ISEF 2013 and 2014, Olivia Sheppard spread the wonder of STEM to more than 300 New York middle school students at schools and science museums around her state.
Olivia presented to 350 students from a diverse mix of rural, urban, private, and public schools and locations in New York, including the Museum of Science and Technology in Syracuse, Cato Middle School, Skaneateles Middle School, and Manlius Pebble Hill.
How did you come up with the idea of spreading the importance of STEM to middle school students?
On September 2, Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the Public announced the selection of 30 students as finalists in the fifth annual Broadcom MASTERS - the nation's most prestigious Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) competition for middle school students.
This is a new weekly feature from our science inspiration blog, Eureka! Lab. Every week, science education writer Bethany Brookshire highlights a new science word, from allele to zoonosis. Each word has a definition and is used in a sentence to help you understand the meaning.