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  • Doing Science

    Finding sustainable cleaning methods for oil spills

    Cleaning up oil spills is an intensive, dirty job. One middle school student wanted to find the most efficient and sustainable cleaning method for oil spills.

    Nathan Deng, a 2016 Broadcom MASTERS top winner, washes dishes at home and noticed that both dishwashing and oil spills require surfactant chemicals. Surfactants grab onto grease to help water wash it away. They break up the...

    07:00 AM, February 7, 2017
  • Doing Science

    Society competitor looks to science to discourage academic cheating

    Cheating in school: what does science tell us about why it happens ... and how to prevent it?

    That’s the subject of a new study by Society competitor Evelyn Bodoni — and her results show that positive peer pressure might hold the key to discouraging cheaters.

    Bodoni, a middle school student at Challenge School in Denver, Colo., and a 2015 Broadcom MASTERS finalist, recruited a...

    09:37 AM, December 23, 2016
  • Doing Science

    Breaking the jaw clenching habit

    When she started clenching her jaw so much that it became painful, Ananya Ganesh decided to design a device to keep her from clenching due to bruxism. She built a device that detects signals coming from a muscle when it contracts.

    Ananya hopes her device can break the habit of jaw clenching and keep the pain away.

    The Society caught up with Ananya after she won the first place...

    07:00 AM, December 21, 2016
  • Doing Science

    This app detects depression

    Depression affects about 350 million people of all ages around the world, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The common mood disorder is the leading cause of disability worldwide.

    One teen wanted to better understand major depressive disorder and how scientists can detect the illness, so he developed an early detection tool for depression.

    For this project, Kaien...

    07:00 AM, December 19, 2016
  • Doing Science

    Fattening maggots to create sustainable snack

    Almost a billion people go to sleep hungry every night, according to Oxfam. Many people in the world don't have sufficient land to grow food or income to purchase enough food.

    Davia Allen wanted to create a sustainable human snack to address this growing problem. This 2016 Broadcom MASTERS finalist fattened fly larvae up on food wastes. She found that a cheap protein powder best pumped...

    07:00 AM, December 15, 2016
  • Doing Science

    'I am going to be the first person on Mars'

    Eleanor Sigrest won the top prize of $25,000 at the 2016 Broadcom MASTERS, the premier science competition for middle school students. The award also included $1,000 for Eleanor’s school, Louise A. Benton Middle School, and $1,000 for her science teacher. Below is a full transcript of Eleanor’s speech — given during an awards assembly at her middle school in Manassas, Va.

    Hi everyone! I’...

    10:28 AM, December 12, 2016
  • Doing Science

    Broadcom MASTERS winner gets a hometown celebration

    Louise A. Benton Middle School in Manassas, Va., gave Eleanor Sigrest quite the hometown celebration after she won $25,000 in the 2016 Broadcom MASTERS, the nation’s premier middle school science competition. Last week, the entire 8th grade (nearly 500 students), members of the School Board, the Superintendent of Schools, and Eleanor’s teacher and principal came together during an assembly to...

    10:27 AM, December 12, 2016
  • Doing Science

    Gut feelings: Roundup's effect on the microbiome

    The human microbiome is a collection of bacteria, viruses, and other microscopic organisms that inhabit the body. There is a balance of good and bad bacteria within our guts.

    Gut microbiome plays an important role in digestion, and "has recently been implicated in health conditions including heart disease, obesity and asthma, and may even influence behavior," according to a September...

    07:00 AM, November 30, 2016
  • Doing Science

    Science fairs: Opportunity to make a deep impact

    Of all the many lessons learned through participating in Society for Science & the Public's competitions, alumni often say they're most thankful they learned how to communicate science effectively, how to carry an idea from inception to the final product, and how to become self-reliant.

    Over 100 Society alumni gathered at Stanford University's Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center on ...

    14:59 PM, November 22, 2016
  • Doing Science

    Young scientist: 'I'm inspired to make the world a better place'

    By Syamantak PayraJunior, Clear Brook High School, Friendswood, TexasIntel ISEF 2016 finalist, Broadcom MASTERS 2014 semifinalist

    When I boarded a plane bound for Pittsburgh, I knew that the White House Frontiers Conference I was going to would be hosted by the President, that it would be about science and technology, and that I was extremely grateful to the Society for Science & the...

    07:00 AM, November 22, 2016

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