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How you can make a science fair project that will get noticed.

Citizen Science Musings: Science Fairs for Grownups

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Questions: Why do we want kids to get interested in science?
Answer: To create science-literate adults.
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Judging the Eastern Iowa Science and Engineering Fair

I volunteered to help judge the Eastern Iowa Science and Engineering Fair this year. This years fair was held this morning (Saturday 16 March) at Lindale Mall in Cedar Rapids. Continue reading…

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NPR: High Schooler Invents New Mine Detector

A red flag marks unexploded land mines in Lybia. Photo: BBC

Using a concrete vibrator which is normally used to drive air bubbles out of hardening concrete, she developed an inventions that uses the vibrations to locate buried mines (she obtained demilitarized mine casings to use for testing). Initial results are very encouraging. Continue reading…

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Science Fair Suggestions

That time of year is coming again. You know… It’s Friday night, and the science fair is on Tuesday. How am I going to get the science fair project done? Here are a few suggestions that might help. Continue reading…

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Citizen Science Musings: CSL Progress Report

This week I want to share some news about how the Citizen Scientists League is doing and where we are going. The last several months have seen steady and healthy growth in our community. We have some additional initiatives in the pipeline that will do even more to serve the citizen science community. Continue reading…

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When Children Do Real Science

In an article in Saturday’s Guardian {“Children don’t need Brain Gym to spot nonsense”), Ben Goldacre discusses some recent examples of young students who don’t merely spot bunk, they write about it. One of these concerns an education “system” called Brain Gym. It is a popular program in the UK that purports to improve children’s academic performance and is used in many schools there. Continue reading…

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Who is Winning Science Fairs?

A recent article in the San Jose Mercury News reports on a new study that confirms what many in Silicon Valley have noted for some time: most of the science fair winners seem to be children of recent immigrants.
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NYT: Science Fairs Are Declining

President Obama has suggested that we should celebrate science fair winners the way we do Superbowl champions if the country wishes to remain competitive, and last Fall a science fair was held at the White House. But a recent article in the New York Times indicates that science fairs are in decline and, ironically, the administration’s own education policies may be part of the reason why Continue reading…

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Google Launches Science Fair

Internet search engine Google is sponsoring a new online science fair competition for kids aged 13 through 18. The fair is noteworthy for offering lavish prizes as incentives. Continue reading…

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