May 19th, 2012 Bob
The Intel ISEF is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition and was held May 13-18, 2012 in Pittsburgh, PA. It is the premier global science competition for students in grades 9–12. Each year more than 1,500 high school students from about 70 countries, regions, and territories display their independent research and compete for over $3 million in awards.
Jack Andraka, 15, of Crownsville, Md. was awarded first place for his new method to detect pancreatic cancer at this year’s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), a program of Society for Science & the Public. Based on diabetic test paper, Jack created a simple dip-stick sensor to test blood or urine to determine whether or not a patient has early-stage pancreatic cancer. His study resulted in over 90 percent accuracy and showed his patent-pending sensor to be 28 times faster, 28 times less expensive and over 100 times more sensitive than current tests. Jack received the Gordon E. Moore Award, of $75,000, named in honor of Intel co-founder and retired chairman and CEO.
Nicholas Schiefer, 17, of Pickering, Ontario, Canada and Ari Dyckovsky, 18, of Leesburg, Va., each received the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award of $50,000.
“Team Oklahoma”, a group of twelve 9th to 12th grade students from across Oklahoma competed in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2012 in Pittsburgh, this past week (May 13-18). The Oklahoma students displayed their research beside 1,500 of the best 9th to 12th science and engineering project from 446 ISEF affiliated fairs in approximately 70 countries, regions and territories. Fair participants competed for more than $3 million in awards. Three Oklahoma students walked away with a significant portion of these awards.
Jenna Reed Huling, the big Oklahoma winner is a senior from Ada High School in Ada. She received two awards for her environmental science project. The first was $8000 tuition scholarship from the Office of Naval Research on behalf of the United States Navy and Marine Corps. Her project entitled “Enhanced Adsorption of Arsenic on Aquifer Solids and Soil, Phase II: Oxidative Treatment and Feasibility Assessment” also won the ISEF third place award in her category. For this she received $1,000.
The second winner was Joseph Christopher Woodson, an 18 year old home-schooled student from Tulsa. He was recognized by the American Meteorological Society. His research earned him a $2000 award plus a certificate, an AMS Journal/Bulletin Archive DVD, and a one-year student membership to the AMS. Joseph’s computer science project is “Efficient Automated Generation and Dissemination of Meteorological Data Representations.”
Samantha Elizabeth Grace Curran was the third winner. She received a United States Army Award of $1,500, a certificate of achievement, and a gold medallion. Her biochemistry research is entitled Sweet Poison: A Second Year Study. Samantha is a senior from Southmoore High School in Moore.
The other Oklahoma students who displayed their science and engineering projects at ISEF were: Chandler Holliman and Catherine Hine, 9th graders from Bartlesville Mid-High School; Hayden Allen and Gage Holleman from Cascia Hall Preparatory School, Tulsa 10th graders; Hannah Pagels a 10th grader from Grove High School; Mishana Ellison, a Latta High School 10th grader; Mattie Dragoo an 11 grader from Muskogee High School; and Jake Evans and Dakota Keys 10th graders from Vici Public Schools. All twelve students earned the right to attend ISEF by competing in one of the eight ISEF affiliated Oklahoma regional fairs and Oklahoma State Science and Engineering Fair. Over 5000 student projects competed at school fairs that lead into the Oklahoma fairs.
May 19th, 2012 Bob
The National Science Education Leadership Association (NSELA) and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) invite you to attend a Summer Leadership Institute, June 24–28, 2012 in Austin, Texas. This immersive experience will bring together scores of individual science educators, teams (leaders and teachers), and administrators to explore the K–12 Framework and draft Next Generation Science Standards and:
- determine key features of each, noting comparisons, contrasts and shifts in focus,
- identify the “next steps,” develop a deep understanding of supporting research for reform,
- engage in the use of models and vignettes to demonstrate the practice of science,
- apply new knowledge to each participant’s own unique professional environment,
- build an action plan for implementation.
Featured speakers will share their insights throughout the four-day Institute, and many differentiated breakout sessions provide smaller groups the ability to challenge the status quo and build a personal or team plan of action for implementation into their classrooms, schools, and districts. Breakout sessions will be facilitated by individuals who are on the NGSS writing teams and will offer first-hand knowledge of both the content and the intent of the standards.
- Lance Rougeux, Discovery Education, has been featured in thePhiladelphia Inquirer and was recently highlighted in The Emergency Teacher, a book about urban teaching which termed Lance “the best teacher in Philadelphia.” Lance spearheaded many statewide initiatives including Keystones, a program recognized as a success story in the U.S. Department of Education’s National Education Technology Plan, and eSPARC, a research endeavor called the “gold” standard of scientifically-based research by eSchool News.
- Stephen L. Pruitt, Ph.D.- Vice President, Content, Research and Development, Director of Science, Achieve. Pruitt is leading the development of the Next Generation Science Standards.
- Harold Pratt was President of NSTA in 2001-2002 and a Senior Program Officer at the National Research Council where he helped to develop the National Science Education Standards. He has co-authored or directed the development of three science textbooks and published numerous articles and book chapters. He is currently a science education consultant and serves as an advisor to NSTA on standards-related efforts.
- Dr. Martin Storksdieck is director of the Board on Science Education at the National Research Council where he oversees a wide range of studies related to science education and science learning. His prior research focused on informal or free-choice learning, including learning science from media and connecting schools and out-of-school settings.
- Sam Zigrossi works with education systems that partner with the Dana Center as well as providing direct client services to leaders in education. Previously, Zigrossi had a 29-year career with IBM holding positions such as education manager, personnel director, site services director, and education client executive. He represented IBM in its education outreach program, which donated over $1 million to school systems.
Visit http://www.nsta.org/pd/nsela/ for an agenda, biographies of the speakers, and to register for this outstanding opportunity.