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september 2012, Issue 2 volume 10

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IN THIS ISSUe: 2012 broadcom masters finalists announced, Intel isef award winner blogs about trip to cern, and more


Inform


Credit: A. Kota et al./Nature Communications 2012

A blend of compounds coating stainless steel mesh (top) or polyester fabric (bottom) allows water (blue) to wet the surface while oil (red) is repelled and beads up. Such filters could help clean up oil spills. Read more.

Educate


Artist’s drawing of Curiosity on the Martian surface. Credit: NASA

NASA successfully delivered a $2.5 billion robotic vehicle to Mars, one that will explore for signs that the planet might once have hosted life. Read more.

Inspire


Chris Campbell (left) conducts an experiment at the 2011 SSP Fellows Institute. Credit: SSP


Chris Campbell, a 2011 SSP Fellow, was selected as a 2012-13 Albert Einstein Fellow. The Fellowship offers STEM teachers an opportunity to impact public policy. Campbell is serving his Fellowship at the National Science Foundation.

 
 
 
 
 
 

2012 Broadcom MASTERS Finalists Announced!

Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the Public (SSP) today announced 30 middle school finalists named to the 2012 Broadcom MASTERS® – a national science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competition for middle school students.

The 16 girls and 14 boys come from 17 states and represent 29 schools. California has the greatest number of finalists with six, followed by Florida with four, Texas with three, and Massachusetts, New York and Ohio with two in each state.

Finalists were selected by a panel of distinguished scientists and engineers from among 300 semifinalists, who were chosen on August 15 from more than 1,470 applicants in 38 states and
Puerto Rico.

The Broadcom MASTERS winners will be named on October 2 in Washington, DC, after completion of a rigorous competition that tests their abilities in STEM subjects, teamwork and collaboration.

Find the full listing of 2012 finalists at www.societyforscience.org/masters and congratulate them at www.facebook.com/broadcommasters.

The public is also invited to attend the free 2012 Broadcom MASTERS Science and Engineering Project Showcase on Saturday, September 29, where all 30 finalists will be on hand to discuss their projects at the National Geographic Society in Washington, DC. Groups welcome.


Samantha Garvey discusses her project with President Obama at the White House Science Fair in February 2012. Credit: White House, Pete Souza

President Obama Praises Intel STS Semifinalist in Convention Speech

"The young woman I met at a science fair who won national recognition for her biology research while living with her family at a homeless shelter -- she gives me hope." - President Obama, 2012 Democratic National Convention

Read an article about her reaction to the President's comment.


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Kenneth Krysko (blue shirt) and his team at the Florida Museum of Natural History dissect the record-breaking python P-52 on August 10. Credit: K. Grace/Florida Museum of Natural History

Science News for Kids Headlines

  • Python-palooza:
    Monster-sized Burmese python bearing record number of eggs retrieved in the Florida Everglades
  • Walking on Water:
    Scientists explain why a liquid can sometimes act like a solid
  • The First Moon Walker:
    Neil Armstrong made history in 1969 when he planted his feet -and a flag- on the moon
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Intel ISEF 2012 CERN trip winners with Dr. Wolfgang Von Rueden on a dipole magnet. Credit: Anirudh Dasarathy

Intel ISEF Finalists Visit CERN

Valerie Ding of Portland, Oregon was one of 12 students to win a trip to the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) 2012. She also won a Fourth Place Grand Award in Physics and Astronomy, and was a finalist in last year’s Broadcom MASTERS® 2011, a program of Society for Science & the Public. The Broadcom MASTERS is the national science, engineering, and math competition for 6th- 8th grade students. Valerie describes her experience at Intel ISEF and the trip to CERN here.


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