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Broadcom Foundation Helps Ignite Middle Schoolers’ Scientific Imaginations

11:31am, March 28, 2011

“We believe that middle schoolers make a critical decision as to whether they will stay with or step away from science and math courses in high school,” says Paula Golden, Executive Director of the Broadcom Foundation.

SSP Fellow Randa Flinn’s Students Take School’s First Science Fair Awards in Decades

3:14pm, March 22, 2011

“We have never placed, and I’ve been at this school for 26 years,” SSP Fellow Randa Flinn says of her school’s participation in science fairs. However, Northeast High School in Oakland Park Florida, where more than half of the students are black or Hispanic and 52 percent are economically disadvantaged, had a very different story to tell in 2011. “This year we had six of our kids place,” Randa says. “I was astounded.”

SSP Alumni Help Others Succeed with Science

11:46am, February 22, 2011

Shiv Gaglani (Intel ISEF 2004, 2005, 2006) wished that, before he had participated the first time, he had been able to speak with someone who had lived through the Intel ISEF experience. That conversation may have helped him take even fuller advantage of all of the opportunities available to him and his fellow young scientists.

Intel Study Shows American Teens May Be Asking for a Challenge

11:02am, December 21, 2010

According to a recent study by Intel, 51 percent of teens who are not confident in the United States’ math and science abilities believe this is because Americans do not work hard enough. Only a third of teens surveyed blamed lack of funding or school emphasis for poor math and science abilities in the United States, which may suggest they need to be challenged to work harder in the classroom. Additionally, while 85 percent are confident in their own math and science abilities, 90 percent chose a country other than the U.S. when deciding which country was the best at math and science.

Applying Scientific Hypotheses to Create College-Prep Cultures in Urban Schools

11:39am, November 22, 2010

By Caitlin Jennings, Communications Coordinator, Society for Science & the Public

Rajiv Vinnakota (ISEF International Science and Engineering Fair 1989), co-founder and managing director of the SEED Foundation, which partners with urban communities to provide innovative educational opportunities that prepare underserved students for success in college and beyond, is, in actuality, a scientist. He was fascinated with science in high school and studied molecular biology at Princeton.


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