On June 23, twelve Intel ISEF CERN special award winners started their week filled with outings and educational challenges in the Swiss research haven. The students got to meet top CERN staff members and hear from lead researchers working in a variety of disciplines. The program took the students on visits to castles and chateaus, on walks around scenic lakes, and even included some mini-golf and swimming action.
“Tea is good, coffee is even better, but CERN is simply awesome,” said Michaela Brchnelova of Slovakia, a young supernova researcher.
My motto is to not so much teach science and engineering, but create scientists and engineers.
This motto propelled Jeffrey Wehr, a science educator from rural Washington, to develop the Advanced STEM Research (ASR) Laboratory. ASR is a yearlong independent study within any scientific/engineering discipline at Odessa High School.
Broadcom MASTERS International is a companion program to the domestic Broadcom MASTERS that provides a unique opportunity to attend the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for select middle school students from around the world. Delegates had the chance to travel to Los Angeles in May 2014.
Alex McBride (Intel ISEF 2013) and Vincent O’Leary (Intel ISEF 2010-2012 and Intel STS 2013), both now students at Drexel University, returned to Intel ISEF this year to provide a special award from Drexel’s Smart House.
Sean Weber from Sequim, Washington won a Rising Star award at the Broadcom MASTERS 2013, which allowed him to travel to Los Angeles as a U.S. delegate for the Broadcom MASTERS International 2014 this May.What was your experience as a Broadcom MASTERS finalist like? Most memorable moments, etc.?
Society for Science & the Public is in the planning process of an outreach program designed to reach elementary and middle school students in the greater Washington, DC area. The pilot program, based on the Broadcom Foundation’s Junior Varsity program, has students work in teams to move through the steps needed to complete a science fair project by using a series of hands-on experiments.
This year’s Intel ISEF Expo Hall had it all–from reptiles to robotics to recruiters–and convened dozens of organizations from around the world. Thousands of visitors, including finalists, teachers, and school groups participating in the Education Outreach Program, gathered in the Expo. An array of government agencies, universities, and hands-on science activities provided our attendees with just the right mix of education, inspiration, and fun.