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Intel ISEF, Alumni

Intel ISEF alumni selected as Global Teen Leaders

7:30AM, February 1, 2016
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Krithika (third from the left, top row) and Mihir (third from the left, bottom row) were Intel ISEF 2015 CERN award trip winners.

Photo courtesy of SSP.

Two Society alumni were selected as 2016 Three Dot Dash Global Teen Leaders (GTL). The GTL program honors young people who are working to change the world. Three Dot Dash is a global initiative of the We Are Family Foundation.

GTLs actively work to ensure people have basic human needs met, including education, food, health, safety, shelter, water, and the environment. This will create a more peaceful society, according to Three Dot Dash’s mission. GTLs are invited to attend a week-long Just Peace Summit and participate in a yearlong Three Dot Dash Initiative.

Intel ISEF 2015 finalist Krithika Iyer was selected for her SmartStart InitiativeKrithika founded the SmartStart Initiative, which works to make education more accessible. The initiative provides programs and tools to promote early childhood education. It brings workshops to school fairs and events. It arms parents with easy-to-use scholastic tools, regardless of their economic or social status. Krithika has worked with community organizations, Head Start, church groups and school districts to provide workshops and educational support.

This winter, SmartStart introduced “Mommy and Me” coding workshops. “We figured that if these children are from low-income backgrounds, their parents probably don’t have exposure either, so this would be one way to get everyone interested,” Krithika said.

Intel ISEF 2015 finalist and Broadcom MASTERS 2013 finalist Mihir Garimella was chosen for his Firefly drone design. He's made drone designs based on birds and FlyBot, which avoid obstacles based on bird and fruit fly visual systems. Mihir draws inspiration from biology to create drones that can avoid obstacles. He's even worked with firefighters to test his robot's ability to locate controlled fires.

Three Dot Dash’s peaceful mission is inspired by Mattie J.T. Stepanek and his last book, Just Peace: A Message of Hope. At just 13 years old, Stepanek, who was born with muscular dystrophy, released several books of poetry meditating on the possibilities of world peace.

Read about another Intel ISEF alumna who encourages middle school students to study coding.

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2:00am, January 31, 2016

I #Give2Science by explaining phantom limb syndrome in a fun science video
Jackson HuangIntel ISEF 2015 finalist

SSP is compiling photographs of how members of our community give back to science, whether that’s by teaching, doing research, performing experiments, inventing new things, participating in or supporting science fairs, mentoring young scientists, or even just looking at the world with a scientific gaze.

2:00am, January 29, 2016

Westinghouse STS 1944 finalist Kenneth Ford published his tenth book in March, Building the H Bomb: A Personal History. Kenneth, a physicist, is the author of several books on quantum physics and flying small planes.

2:00am, January 27, 2016

Intel Science Talent Search 2012 finalist Benjamin Van Doren recently won the 2016 Marshall Scholarship. Benjamin is a double major in biological sciences and biometry and statistics in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University. 

2:00am, January 25, 2016

Broadcom MASTERS 2014 finalist and 2015 top winner Annie Ostojic was honored by a school assembly on Wednesday, November 18. She received a $25,000 check and her school, Wilbur Wright Middle School of Munster, Indiana, received a $1,000 check from the Broadcom Foundation to use for STEM programming, supplies, or activities.

School administrators, Society for Science & the Public and Broadcom staff gathered at Wilbur Wright Middle School to congratulate Annie's success at Broadcom MASTERS 2015. SSP caught up with Annie after the assembly to see what her next STEM goals are.

2:00am, January 24, 2016

I #Give2Science by studying how seagrass beds might shield coral reefs from the effects of ocean acidification
Meghan Shea, Intel ISEF 2011 finalist and Intel STS 2013 finalist

SSP is compiling photographs of how members of our community give back to science, whether that’s by teaching, doing research, performing experiments, inventing new things, participating in or supporting science fairs, mentoring young scientists, or even just looking at the world with a scientific gaze.

6:30am, January 22, 2016

In addition to the Society for Science & the Public's three prestigious science education competitions, we also have many Affiliated Fairs throughout the country and the world. The Society wants to offer a chance for our members, alumni, and others to give back through volunteering or judging at local science fairs.

11:54am, January 20, 2016

The Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) is the nation's most prestigious pre-college science competition. Annually, students entering the Intel STS compete for more than $1.6 million in awards. Only 40 students are announced as finalists each year and invited to Washington, D.C. in March to participate in final judging, display their work to the public, meet with notable scientists, and compete for three top awards of $150,000 each.

2:00am, January 17, 2016

I #Give2Science by sharing my love of kitchen chemistry with the Internet.
Bethany BrookshireScience Education writer at SSP

SSP is compiling photographs of how members of our community give back to science, whether that’s by teaching, doing research, performing experiments, inventing new things, participating in or supporting science fairs, mentoring young scientists, or even just looking at the world with a scientific gaze.

2:00am, January 15, 2016

Intel ISEF 2015 finalist Jackson Huang is a Breakthrough Junior Challenge Breakthrough Prize finalist. He created a video to explain phantom limb syndrome for the prize.

Jackson is currently on a gap year, and plans to study software engineering when he attends university.

Can you describe phantom limb syndrome? How did you become interested in studying this and Ramachadran’s theory?

2:00am, January 13, 2016

Lisa Randall, a Science Talent Search 1980 finalist, added to her list of published books in October, with "Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe." It currently has 4.06 stars on Goodreads and 5 stars on Amazon. Lisa is a Frank B.Baird, Jr., professor of physics at Harvard University.

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