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  • Doing Science

    'As soon as I could walk, I started to collect rocks'

    Emily Cross, a Society alumna from Ontario, Canada, studies fossils, specifically chemical processes to better break them down, without damaging fossilized preserved tissues. Her research may even improve the mining process. Recently, Emily participated in the X-STEM USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C. and gave a keynote speech.

    Emily has competed in science fairs...

    09:00 AM, May 26, 2017
  • Doing Science

    The importance of science mentorship

    Masayuki Mac Takahashi, a Society alum of the 1959 National Science Fair competition (now the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair), returns to judge projects at Intel ISEF. He judged at this year's competition in Los Angeles.

    Dr. Masayuki is one of seven directors of the Japan Science Society. In the 1959 competition, held in Hartford, Connecticut, he won the 3rd place award...

    09:00 AM, May 24, 2017
  • Doing Science

    Intel ISEF winners create new aircraft design, track space debris, bring reliable Internet to rural towns

    Last week in Los Angeles, California, nearly 2,000 high school students from 78 countries, regions, and territories competed in Intel ISEF, the world's largest international pre-college science competition. At the culmination of the competition, approximately $4 million was awarded to the finalists.

    Ivo Zell, 18, of Lorch, Germany received the first place Gordon E. Moore Award of $75,000...

    00:00 AM, May 22, 2017
  • Doing Science

    Using a creative writing technique to improve scientific communication

    One science teacher uses a beloved English and creative writing method in his classes. He workshops with his students, and "didn't know that's what I was doing until my wife told me; she's in language arts," said Paul Strode, a teacher at Fairview High School in Boulder, Colorado.

    If you can't write, you simply can't do science.

    Paul teaches a science research seminar where he gets...

    00:00 AM, May 18, 2017
  • Doing Science

    Strive for failure, improve the world

    “Realize that the work you’re doing is much more important than what you perceive it to be,” urged Ann Makosinski (Intel ISEF 2013) to a roomful of Intel ISEF 2017 finalists at the Intel ISEF Alumni Entrepreneur Panel.

    The projects and research finalists are working on are not only important to their lives, but to others, said Ann, the founder of Makotronics Enterprises.

    ...

    00:00 AM, May 17, 2017
  • Doing Science

    Frugal science: Building an army of scientists around the world

    Growing up in India, Manu Prakash couldn’t afford a microscope. He challenged his brother and himself that he would build one out of cardboard and duct tape. So he stole the fat lenses from his brother’s glasses and created his own.

    “My brother was not happy,” Manu said, “but that was the moment that changed my trajectory into science.”

    Now, Manu is the co-inventor of a foldable...

    14:58 PM, May 16, 2017
  • Doing Science

    Welcome to Intel ISEF 2017

    Representatives from 78 countries, regions, and territories ran onto the stage, hoisting flags and posters decorated with their country pride. They were from Argentina and Zimbabwe, Israel and Saudi Arabia, Ghana and the Ukraine.

    As country names were called out into the large hall, the representatives from each science fair team ran up and stood on stage. By the end of the list, there...

    14:57 PM, May 16, 2017
  • Doing Science

    How to communicate your science

    Why does it matter? Why is this relevant? Who will this impact?

    These are the types of questions science fair competitors should be able to answer and communicate. JulieAnn Villa, a science teacher at Niles West High School in Skokie Illinois, offered this type of advice to science teachers, judges, mentors, and Intel ISEF 2017 finalists during a symposia session on how to help students...

    00:00 AM, May 16, 2017
  • Doing Science

    Let your happiness guide you in STEM

    "Think about what you prioritize and your happiness — let that guide you," said H. Robert Horvitz. It is possible to balance your career and personal life, he explained.

    Nobel Prize laureates offered advice like this, and more, for the Intel ISEF 2017 finalists during the Excellence in Science and Technology Panel.

    The panelists included:

    Martin Chalfie: Columbia...
    00:00 AM, May 16, 2017
  • Doing Science

    Oh, the places you'll go after Intel ISEF

    If you’re interested in science and research, go for it and persist. This was the main theme of the Leveraging Your Science Fair Experience: Oh the Places You Can Go! symposia session at Intel ISEF 2017 with Society for Science & the Public President & CEO Maya Ajmera and several Intel ISEF alumni.

    “Many of you will now become alumni after this week,” Maya said. “It comes with a...

    15:00 PM, May 15, 2017

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