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October 2013

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October 2013

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Samueli Award winner River Grace (far left) with the other members of the Red Team (left to right): Seamus Hoolahan, Hannah Steele, Dhruv Iyer, and Megan Swintosky. Credit: SSP

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Broadcom MASTERS Winners Announced

Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the Public (SSP) announced the winners of the 2013 Broadcom MASTERS® national STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) competition for sixth, seventh and eighth graders on Tuesday, October 1.

The Samueli Foundation Prize of $25,000 was awarded to River Grace, 14, of West Melbourne, FL for his project: "Rain Dance of the Radiata: Behavior of the Endangered Radiated Tortoise and Related Species" and his mastery of STEM principles during the weeklong competition. The Marconi/Samueli Award for Innovation went to Eitan Acks, 14, of San Diego, CA. First and second place winners were also announced in the four categories of STEM, and two Rising Stars won the opportunity to attend Broadcom MASTERS International in May 2014. Read More

 

SSP News

SSP Launches New Web Platform

It has been a busy summer at SSP, as we have worked to advance "SSP 2.0" – a broad new vision for the organization developed over the past two years and focused on improving how we fulfill our mission of advancing scientific knowledge.

Central to this vision is our new web presence, which better integrates our competitions and educational programming with our Science News family of publications. Online you will find a new Science News, featuring more frequent updates and a new blog network. Science News for Kids has been renamed Science News for Students and will anchor a new effort, "Student Science."

Now, with each subscription to Science News, readers will also become members of SSP, helping to support the Society's overall mission. And vice versa; supporting members of SSP will also now receive Science News and access to premium content. Read More

 

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Calling All Science Fiction Fans

Have your own science fiction ideas? Applications are currently being accepted for The Future: Powered by Fiction competition. Enter by November 14 for your chance to win $1,000 for your science fiction story, essay, comic, or video that explores the kinds of futures we want to work toward together!

In addition, the USA Science & Engineering Festival, in association with the Kavli Foundation, is launching the "Science in Fiction" video contest. Applications will be accepted from November 1, 2013 through March 21, 2014 from students in grades 6-12. The grand prize is $2,000 and a travel stipend to attend the Festival in Washington, DC. Vote in the Sci-Fi Battle Royale

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SSP Earns a Spot on the 2013 Great Nonprofits Top Rated List

Society for Science & the Public has been honored with a prestigious 2013 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations.

The Top-Rated Nonprofit award is based on the large number of positive reviews that SSP received – reviews written by alumni, volunteers, donors and subscribers. While the Top-Rated Awards run through the end of October, SSP was part of the inaugural group to qualify for the year. Read more reviews or write about your own experience with Society for Science & the Public! Read More

 

COMPETITION

Enter the SPARK Competition

Society for Science & the Public, in conjunction with the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, is launching the Science Play and Research Kit (SPARK) competition. Starting in mid-October, adults can submit their ideas or prototypes for reimagining the chemistry set for the 21st century. The competition is seeking ideas that engage children as young as eight and inspires both children and adults to become more involved in hands-on science. Read More

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