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Press Releases 2005

Autodesk Grant of Expensive, High-End Software Enables Science Education Charity to Conduct a Unique Contest to Benefit K-12 Science Students (November 29, 2005)

New Computer Science Interest Area Page Available (November 21, 2005)

New Sports Science Pages Feature Project Ideas for Sports-Minded Students

Learn the Dos and Don'ts of Display Board Preparation on Our Updated Resource Pages

Discover the Secrets of Success at Top Science Competitions

Best Genomics Presentation Competition Announced for 2005-2006 School Year (November 3, 2005)

Science Buddies to Expand Internet Science Education Program with $50,000 Toyota USA Foundation Award

Science Buddies Expands Education Efforts with New Hire (August 30, 2005)

Science Buddies Win Top Awards at Intel International Science & Engineering Fair

Blog from Intel Science Talent Search

Science Buddies Mentors Score Big in National Science Competitions

Molecular Sciences Institute Triples Award for Genomics Projects to $750

Science Buddies Advisors Make Headlines with Bird Migration Discovery



Autodesk Grant of Expensive, High-End Software Enables Science Education Charity to Conduct a Unique Contest to Benefit K-12 Science Students

(November 29, 2005) Science Buddies is currently conducting a contest for the best Starter Kit covering topics in a variety of technical fields. Through a generous donation by Autodesk, Inc., Science Buddies is able to offer the grand prize winner his or her choice of either Autodesk AutoCAD 2006 or Autodesk 3 ds max, which have approximate retail values of $3,750 and $3,495, respectively. Seven runners-up will also receive prizes. The deadline is April 30, 2006.



New Computer Science Interest Area Page Available

(November 21, 2005) Explore the basics of computer programming on the new Computer Science Interest Area page. Follow the link below to find a set of four different JavaScript projects that together make a good tutorial for getting started at programming. You'll also discover an image file compression project and a project using a cool Java applet for making interactive diagrams to illustrate Geometry proofs (and a tutorial to go along with it).
Click here for the Computer Science Interest Area page.



New Sports Science Pages Feature Project Ideas for Sports-Minded Students

(November 9, 2005) If you want to do a sports-related science fair project, you're in luck. We have projects related to soccer, baseball, football, tennis, hockey, and more. Click on the link below to see project ideas that apply science to sports. Who knows, by thinking scientifically about your favorite sport, your science fair project might even help you become a better athlete!
Click here for the Sports Science Interest Area page.



Learn the Dos and Don'ts of Display Board Preparation on Our Updated Resource Pages

(November 9, 2005) Setting up a legible, professional, and organized display board requires a lot of work. Our overview of the right and wrong ways to display your science fair project will save you time in deciding how to arrange your presentation. Click on the link below for tips and photos on display board preparation.
Click here to visit the Project Display Board pages.



Discover the Secrets of Success at Top Science Competitions

(November 9, 2005) Every year more than two million students in grades K-12 enter a science competition. Of those, only several thousand students in grades 9-12 participate in the topmost levels of competition. Each of these competitions is distinctly different, but they all have extremely high standards for success, generally far beyond what is expected at other levels of competition. Please visit our Top Science Competitions page for fair-specific information; blogs, essays, and tips from Amber Hess, a Science Buddies Mentor who had great success in several top competitions; and a display board guide for top fairs.
Click here to visit the Top Science Competitions page.



Best Genomics Presentation Competition Announced for 2005-2006 School Year

(November 3, 2005)
$750 First Place Award, $250 Runner-up Award
for Best Genomics Presentation

Rules and Deadlines


Science Buddies to Expand Internet Science Education Program with $50,000 Toyota USA Foundation Award

Toyota USA Foundation Announces Four New Recipients of Mathematics and Science Education Awards

(September 19, 2005) – New York, NY – The Toyota USA Foundation today announced that an additional four education organizations will receive awards totaling $498,469. Awarded semiannually, the funds will be used by these organizations to help implement programs that enhance the teaching of science and mathematics for K-12 grade students across the country.

Award recipients are Wayne State University, Detroit, MI; Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, NJ; The Challenger Center for Space Education, Alexandria, VA; and Science Buddies (legal name: The Kenneth Lafferty Hess Family Charitable Foundation), Carmel, CA.

"We are committed to education and supporting programs that emphasize the value of math and science to K-12 students," said Patricia Pineda, Group Vice President, Corporate Communications and General Counsel, of Toyota Motor North America, Inc. "Each of these four organizations have demonstrated an innovative approach to teaching and we are delighted to play a small role in helping them in their quest to improve their math and science initiatives."

As part of the award, Wayne State University will receive $186,469 to expand and double the size of its successful Math Corps, by adding a second six-week summer camp. This will allow 200 junior and senior high school students from Detroit public and charter schools to participate in an intensive and rigorous mathematics' study program developed and directed by faculty members.

A grant of $112,000 will allow Fairleigh Dickinson University's School of Computer Science and Engineering to implement the first year of an expanded, multi-year Technology Enrichment and Outreach Program (TEOP). This program is designed to strengthen and enhance the knowledge of upper-level high school students who are motivated and interested in science, engineering, mathematics and technology.

The Challenger Center for Space Science Education will use its $150,000 award to develop and distribute space education materials, written in direct relation to the National Science Standards. The materials will be disseminated through Challenger Learning Centers around the U.S. to assist 3rd – 8th grade teachers and students in underserved and underprivileged school communities.

An award of $50,000 will enable Science Buddies, www.sciencebuddies.org, to create new "How-To" online materials for 3rd – 8th grade students and their teachers involved in science projects and science fairs. The materials will be based on the National Science Standards and the organization's successful 9th – 12th-grade Internet program.

The Toyota USA Foundation is a $40 million charitable endowment created to support innovative education programs serving kindergarten through 12th grade in the United States, with special emphasis in the areas of mathematics and science. For additional information about the Toyota USA Foundation, visit http://www.toyota.com/usa/community/articles/toyota_usa_foundation.html.

Press Release September 19, 2005: Science Buddies to Expand Internet Science Education Program with $50,000 Toyota USA Foundation Award



Science Buddies Expands Education Efforts with New Hire

CARMEL, CA (August 30, 2005) The Kenneth Lafferty Hess Family Charitable Foundation is pleased to announce that Dr. Andrew Olson has joined the Science Buddies staff as Senior Scientist. He will spearhead the effort to increase the breadth and depth of content on the Science Buddies website, a major focus of the foundation's efforts over the next two years. "Andrew brings to Science Buddies a well-rounded background in both academic science and the biotech industry, scientific writing talent, and genuine enthusiasm for science education. We're extremely pleased to have him on our staff," commented Ken Hess, President and Founder of Science Buddies. Dr. Olson's scientific research focused on the physiology and development of retinal cells, employing a range of experimental approaches including single-cell electrophysiological recordings and fluorescence imaging. He has several years' experience in the scientific instrumentation and software field, having served most recently as Product Line Manager for Imaging Systems at Molecular Devices. Dr. Olson holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania and an A.B. in Classics-Latin from Harvard College.



Science Buddies Win Top Awards at Intel International Science & Engineering Fair

(May 13, 2005)  Six Science Buddies Mentors competed in Phoenix at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF) held this past week. Four of them won a prestigious "Grand Award" given to only one in four participants at this event often called the "Olympics of Science Fair Competitions." Congratulations from everyone at Science Buddies!

Held annually in May, the Intel ISEF brings together over 1,400 students from more than 40 nations to compete for scholarships, tuition grants, internships, scientific field trips and the grand prize: a $50,000 college scholarship.

Students qualify for ISEF by winning their regional or state science fair, so participation in ISEF is quite an honor in itself. During a special event of Intel ISEF 2005, an illustrious international panel of scientists and technologists, including nine Nobel Laureates, shared career highlights and advice with a packed audience of high school finalists.
ISEF 2005

Science Buddies Mentors meet in Phoenix at the Intel ISEF. From left to right: Terik Daly, Marissa Goldblatt, Amber Hess, and Benjamin Pollack.

Science Buddies ISEF Participants:

Sam Bobb Rutherford B. Hayes High School, Delaware, OH - Participant Wireless Power Transfer by Electromagnetic Induction
Lecia Brown Suncoast High School, Riviera Beach, FL - Participant Studies on the Production of RANTES by U937 Cells
Terik Daly Oak Grove High School, San Jose, CA - 4th Place, $500 Grand Award in Earth Science
- Office of Naval Research on behalf of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps: Tuition Scholarship Award in the amount of $8,000
The Derivation and Interpretation of Geochemical Ratios Generated by Meteoritic Impact
Marissa Goldblatt Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School, Plainview, NY - 4th Place, $500 Grand Award in Team Competition Using Wing Characteristics of Drosophila to Map Evolutionary Modes and Patterns
Amber Hess Stevenson School, Pebble Beach, CA - 1st Place, $3000 Grand Award in Chemistry
- Agilent Technologies, paid summer internship at an Agilent Technologies site.
- American Association for Clinical Chemistry, Honorable Mention Award of $50
- DuPont, Honorable Mention Award of $500
Digitally-Enhanced Thin-Layer Chromatography: An Inexpensive, New Technique for Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis
Benjamin Pollack Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School, Plainview, NY - 3rd Place, $1000 Grand Award in Team Competition Carbonic anhydrase: Expression in Dioscorea and Molecular Evolution in Arabidopsis thaliana, Oryza sativa, and Dioscorea species


Blog from Intel Science Talent Search

(March 7, 2005)  Science Buddies Mentor Amber Hess has done a blog from the Intel Science Talent Search competition in Washington, DC, where she participated as one of 40 finalists from across the nation.



Science Buddies Mentors Score Big in National Science Competitions

After submitting twenty page scientific papers describing their science research, six different Science Buddies Mentors received recognition in prestigious national competitions. Four Science Buddies Mentors have qualified as semifinalists in the Siemens Westinghouse Competition in Math, Science & Technology. And four have also qualified as semifinalists in the Intel Science Talent Search, winning $1000 each as well as $1000 for their schools. Often considered the "junior Nobel Prize", the Intel Science Talent Search is America's oldest, pre-college science competition.

Amanda Berry Stevenson School, Pebble Beach, CA - Semifinalist, Siemens Competition
- Semifinalist, Intel STS
Are Stock Options Congruent with Maximizing Share Holder Value? A Mathematical Derivation
Marissa Goldblatt Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School, Plainview, NY - Semifinalist, Intel STS The Evolution of Male Courtship Behavior in Oriental Drosophila Species with Wing Spots
Jerry Guo Riverside High School, Greer, SC - Semifinalist, Siemens Competition Regulation of Late-Stage Flower Development by Downstream Genes of the Homeotic Protein AGAMOUS
Amber Hess Stevenson School, Pebble Beach, CA - Semifinalist, Siemens Competition
- Finalist, Intel STS
Digitally-Enhanced Thin-Layer Chromatography: An Inexpensive, New Technique for Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis
Benjamin Pollack Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School, Plainview, NY - Semifinalist, Siemens Competition Carbonic anhydrase: Expression in Dioscorea and Molecular Evolution in Arabidopsis thaliana, Oryza sativa, and Dioscorea species
Matthew Schlossberger Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School, Plainview, NY - Semifinalist, Intel STS Electrospinning of Polystyrene and POSS Nanofibers


Molecular Sciences Institute Triples Award for Genomics Projects to $750

The Molecular Sciences Institute (MSI) works at the forefront of genomics, and to encourage students to learn more about this exciting area MSI has once again teamed up with Science Buddies to sponsor two awards for science projects in the area of genomics. This year students can win up to $750.



Science Buddies Advisors Make Headlines with Bird Migration Discovery

Science Buddies' volunteer Advisors William Cochran and Martin Wikelski recently had a paper published in the prestigious journal Science. The full article, entitled "Migrating Songbirds Recalibrate Their Magnetic Compass Daily from Twilight Cues," was published in the April 16, 2004 edition of the magazine. The journal called additional attention to the groundbreaking work of Cochran, Wikelski and their co-author, Henrik Mouritsen, by including a highlight piece entitled "Songbirds Check Compass Against Sunset to Stay on Course" in the beginning of the issue. The world took note. After Science published their article, the Associated Press picked up the story and many newspapers and other media across the country and in Europe followed. The team's research was supported by a grant from the National Geographic Society's Committee for Research and Exploration. A story explaining the team's exciting findings can be found on NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC.COM. Congratulations from Science Buddies to William and Martin and Henrik on their fine accomplishment!