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Press Releases 2007

Science Buddies Mentor Shares $100,000 Scholarship in Siemens Competition Win (December 3, 2007)

Science Buddies Selected as a "Great Web Site for Kids" by American Library Association (December 14, 2007)

Science Buddies Offers Free Classroom Poster of Scientific Method (November 19, 2007)

Free Science Fair Workshops to be Held in Costa Mesa and Fullerton (November 8, 2007)

Science Buddies to Exhibit Science Fair Projects of the Future at Wired NextFestTM in LA (September 10, 2007)

Science Buddies and Symantec Partner to Bring Resources to Utah Students (September 10, 2007)

Science Buddies Awards top Science Projects at the California State Science Fair (CSSF) (May 22, 2007)

Intel ISEF Success for Science Buddies Mentors and Participants (May 19, 2007)

Science Buddies Launches New Look and Revised Science Fair Project Guide (March 5, 2007)

Former Science Buddies Participant Wins Siemens Team Competition (January 6, 2007)

Science Buddies Make Semifinals at Intel Science Talent Search (January 17, 2007)



Science Buddies Mentor Shares $100,000 Scholarship in Siemens Competition Win

(December 3, 2007) - Janelle Schlossberger (a Science Buddies Mentor for the past three years) and Amanda Marinoff won the team category in this year's Siemens Competition and will share a $100,000 scholarship for a drug discovery project that could lead to the first new tuberculosis treatment in 35 years. Their project is entitled, FtsZ Inhibitors as Novel Chemotherapeutic Agents for Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis.

"Tuberculosis is the number one bacterial killer in the world, with ten million new cases every year," said Dr. Scott Franzblau, Professor and Director of the Institute for Tuberculosis Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago, a competition judge. "Yet there have been no new drugs to treat TB in the last 35 years. These students synthesized new compounds to kill tuberculosis by targeting a specific protein that could lead to a new treatment for drug-resistant TB."

Ms. Schlossberger is president of her school's Science Honor Society, editor-in-chief of a district-wide literary and art magazine, and a member of Science Olympiad and French Honor Society. An accomplished violinist and pianist, she was a finalist in the DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition. Ms. Schlossberger is proficient in French and plans to study physics in college.

"These students have climbed the Mount Everest of science competitions and reached the summit," said Thomas McCausland, Chairman of the Siemens Foundation. "With all the challenges facing our world today, it is heartening to know these remarkable young people are working on the solutions."

The national finals were judged by a panel of nationally renowned scientists and mathematicians headed by lead judge Dr. Joseph Taylor, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics and James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Physics, Emeritus, Princeton University.

 

For more information about the Siemens Competition and other top Science Competitions see Science Fair Competitions.


Science Buddies Selected as a "Great Web Site for Kids" by American Library Association

CARMEL, CA (December 14, 2007) - Science Buddies is honored to announce that the American Library Association (ALA) has selected the Science Buddies website for inclusion in its esteemed Great Web Sites for Kids directory. The selection committee, comprised of children's librarians from across the country, evaluated over 400 sites this year and Science Buddies was one of only 34 selected for inclusion. Sites are evaluated on content, authorship, design, and purpose, with a great site being one that "shares meaningful and useful content that educates, informs, or entertains" according to the ALA website.

About Science Buddies
Science Buddies, a 501c3 public charity based in Carmel, California, is the premier online source of K-12 science project information. Science Buddies will serve a diverse audience of five million K-12 students and teachers in 2007. Its programs are recommended by many partners and advocates including AOL and the PBS series DragonflyTV, and the website has been reviewed and selected by SciLinks, a service provided by the National Science Teachers Association. The Presenting Sponsor of Science Buddies is Seagate Technology. Other major corporate sponsors include Bio-Rad Laboratories, Motorola, Northrop Grumman, and Symantec. For more information on Science Buddies, please visit www.sciencebuddies.org.

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Media Contacts
Courtney Corda, Science Buddies
+1-925-736-2696
courtney@sciencebuddies.org



Science Buddies Offers Free Classroom Poster of Scientific Method

CARMEL, CA (November 19, 2007) - Science Buddies announced today the release of their new poster, The Scientific Method. The poster features an overview of the scientific method presented with bold colors and graphics to draw student attention and guide them in the learning process. The poster is free of charge and available to teachers and administrators across the nation while supplies last. Teachers may request a poster by visiting www.sciencebuddies.org and providing their mailing address on the Teacher Resources page. Science Buddies was able to develop the poster thanks to generous financial support from Seagate Technology, the Presenting Sponsor of Science Buddies.

About Science Buddies
Science Buddies, a 501c3 public charity based in Carmel, California, is the premier online source of K-12 science project information. Science Buddies will serve a diverse audience of five million K-12 students and teachers in 2007. Its programs are recommended by many partners and advocates including AOL and the PBS series DragonflyTV, and the website has been reviewed and selected by SciLinks, a service provided by the National Science Teachers Association. The Presenting Sponsor of Science Buddies is Seagate Technology. Other major corporate sponsors include Bio-Rad Laboratories, Motorola, Northrop Grumman, and Symantec. For more information on Science Buddies, please visit www.sciencebuddies.org.

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Media Contacts
Courtney Corda, Science Buddies
+1-925-736-2696
courtney@sciencebuddies.org



Free Science Fair Workshops to be Held in Costa Mesa and Fullerton

CARMEL, CA (November 8, 2007) - Science Buddies today announced that it has organized a science fair workshop for Orange County educators. The workshop, entitled "How to create a successful science fair experience" will be presented in partnership with the Fullerton School District, the Orange County Department of Education, ShowboardTM, Inc., and the Orange County Science and Engineering Fair Board. Beckman Coulter, Inc., in Brea has underwritten the cost of the workshop so that educators may attend free of charge. The workshop will be offered twice, once on Nov. 26th in Fullerton and again on Nov. 27th in Costa Mesa.

Topics of the workshop will include the value of science fair, building a successful event (pr, judging, organization, display board, and the fair), science fair resources for teachers and students, a discussion of how science fair projects map to state and national science education standards, and supply information. The workshop was developed by Mark W. Oleksak, author of "Science Fair - Building a Successful Event", and president of Showboard, Inc.

The workshops will be conducted by George Ochs of Reno, NV. Ochs has worked in K-16 science education within Nevada's Washoe County School District for more than 30 years. Ochs directs the Western Nevada Regional Science & Engineering Fair and is a past advisory board member for the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair. In 1990, Ochs was awarded the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Science for the State of Nevada.

Each participant will receive a full-size color classroom poster entitled "The Scientific Method," hands-on inquiry based science activities, a ShowboardTM Demonstration kit for science fairs, a copy of 'A Guide to Becoming a Science Fair Superhero,' a ShowboardTM product catalog, and other great science fair materials.

The Fullerton workshop will be held on Monday, November 26, 2007 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the multi-purpose room of the Pacific Drive School at 1501 W. Valencia Dr., Fullerton, CA, 92833. For more information or to register for the workshop contact Becky D'Arrigo or Teresa Rossi at 714-447-2878.

The Costa Mesa workshop will be held on Tuesday, November 27th, 2007 from 3:45 to 5:45 p.m. in Room D-1009 of Building D of the Orange County Department of Education at 200 Kalmus Drive, Costa Mesa. For more information or to register for the workshop contact Maureen Allen at 714-966-4468 or mallen@ocde.us.

The workshops are open to all educators including private and home school teachers, however, if registration requests exceed seating capacity, preference will be given to those who register before November 19.

About Science Buddies
Science Buddies, a non-profit agency based in Carmel, California, was founded in 2001. It quickly became the premier online source of K-12 science project information. Science Buddies will serve a diverse audience of over five million K-12 students and teachers in 2007. Science Buddies' extensive collection of helpful resources for student investigators includes a large library of Project Ideas in 26 fields about topics including nanotechnology, conservation, alternative energy, and climate change. The Presenting Sponsor of Science Buddies is Seagate Technology. Other major corporate sponsors include Bio-Rad Laboratories, Northrop Grumman, and Symantec. For more information on Science Buddies, please visit www.sciencebuddies.org.

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Media Contacts
Courtney Corda, Science Buddies
+1-925-736-2696
courtney@sciencebuddies.org



Science Buddies to Exhibit Science Fair Projects of the Future at WIRED NextFestTM in LA

SAN FRANCISCO (September 10, 2007) - Science Buddies today announced that it will be exhibiting at WIRED NextFestTM, a unique world's-fair-style event to be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, September 13-16, 2007. Science Buddies will provide a glimpse into the future of education by showing off some of the most futuristic science project ideas from its online library at www.sciencebuddies.org. Visitors to the Science Buddies exhibit will be introduced to Science Buddies' extensive collection of helpful resources for student investigators, including these Project Ideas in topic areas such as nanotechnology, conservation, alternative energy, and climate change:

We shouldn't underestimate the talent and creativity of young people to contribute to solving some of the modern world's biggest challenges. Sometimes student science fair projects are the foundation of major discoveries or inventions. In fact, among the 1,500 high school students who participated in the 2007 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, more than 20% had already received or applied for a patent for their work. Science Buddies will be at NextFest hoping to meet and help inspire the next generation of young scientists and engineers.

Science Buddies will be in the Future of Education pavilion as a guest of the Northrop Grumman Foundation, a major sponsor of NextFest. NextFest will feature more than 160 exciting interactive exhibits of the innovative products and technologies that are transforming our world. Over the past three years, more than 100,000 visitors have visited WIRED NextFest in San Francisco (2004), Chicago (2005) and New York (2006). To learn more, visit WIRED NextFest at: www.wirednextfest.com.

About Science Buddies
Science Buddies, based in Carmel, California, was founded in 2001. It quickly became the premier online source of K-12 science project information. Science Buddies will serve a diverse audience of over five million K-12 students and teachers in 2007. Its programs are recommended by many partners and advocates including AOL and the PBS series DragonflyTV, and the website has been reviewed and selected by SciLinks, a service provided by the National Science Teachers Association. The Presenting Sponsor of Science Buddies is Seagate Technology. Other major corporate sponsors include Bio-Rad Laboratories, Motorola, Northrop Grumman, and Symantec. For more information on Science Buddies, please visit www.sciencebuddies.org.

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Media Contacts:
Courtney Corda
Science Buddies
Direct: +1 925 736 2696
Email: courtney@sciencebuddies.org
Alexandra Constantinople
WIRED Media
Direct: +1 415 276 4962
Email: Alexandra_Constantinople@wired.com


Science Buddies and Symantec Partner to Bring Resources to Utah Students

CARMEL, CA (September 10, 2007)   Science Buddies announced today that it will partner with Symantec to foster interest in science fairs in Utah. Science Buddies, a non-profit organization that offers a number of Web-based programs to help students and teachers involved in science fairs, will conduct a targeted outreach campaign to students, parents and teachers in Utah, to educate them about the benefits of science competitions and promote participation among area students.

Symantec, a leader in the computer software industry, is interested in promoting science education through hands-on experimentation. "Symantec is committed to fostering the next generation of experts in computer science." remarked Don Kleinschnitz, V.P. Development Data & Systems Management Group, Symantec Corporation. "We are proud to support organizations such as Science Buddies which are directly addressing the need for better and more complete science resources for students across the nation."

In an attempt to foster that interest Symantec has set up scholarship awards for students participating in regional fairs across Utah. The Symantec Software Scholarship program will award a $10,000 scholarship to one high school student at each of the four high school level regional Utah science fairs (all participating fairs are Intel International Science and Engineering Fair affiliates). Symantec's generous scholarship award is a rarity at science fairs today. Typically, at a regional science fair, students are awarded $100 - $1000 for a top category prize. A scholarship award of $10,000 is not only a great way to earn money for college but it is certainly among the largest award of its kind and an opportunity that should not be missed! Students must write software code that models or solves a problem and a substantial amount of the code must be the student's own effort. Judges will be looking at the complexity of the problem being solved and the code being used. They will also be evaluating design patterns, the handling of errors and demonstration of proper legal use of code.

Last year's winners were:


Harold W. and Helen H. Ritchey State Science and Engineering Fair of Utah
http://community.weber.edu/sciencefair/
Kelsee Hart, Freshman, T.H. Bell Junior High School
Project: Light Intensity: Can Robots Really See

Southern Utah State Science and Engineering Fair
http://www.suu.edu/sci/fair/
Tyson Boardman, Senior, Delta High School
Project: Semi-Autonomous UAV Control using ultrasonic Multilateration

Salt Lake Valley Science and Engineering Fair
http://www.utahsciencecenter.org/sciencefair/
Nick Terry, Senior, Academy for Math Engineering and Science
Project: Goal Oriented Programming

Central Utah Science & Engineering Fair
http://cusef.byu.edu/
Ben Arnold, Senior, Provo High School
Project: Communication Tester for the Wavetronix Click! Family

Symantec has been a sponsor of the Computer Science Interest Area on the Science Buddies website for the last two years. Symantec engineers have even authored content for the area including an article entitled "Artificial Intelligence: Teaching the Computer to Play Tic-Tac-Toe" that has been viewed 14,952 times since it was uploaded to the website. In the last 12 months, an estimated 200,000 students have visited the Computer Science Interest Area searching for inspiration and cool ideas for their science fair projects. "With Symantec's help, Science Buddies will be able to introduce these students to exciting new technologies in the field as well as help them build a solid understanding of basic principles," said Kenneth Hess, Founder and President of Science Buddies. "Some of these students will become our nation's next generation of computer scientists and software engineers. Even those who don't chose a career in these fields will benefit from doing science projects."

Science Buddies, based in Carmel, California, was founded in 2001. It quickly became the premier online source of K-12 science project information. Science Buddies will serve a diverse audience of five million K-12 students and teachers in 2007. Its programs are recommended by many partners and advocates including the National Science Teachers Association, AOL, and the PBS series DragonflyTV. Its research partners include UC Berkeley, Stanford, and NOAA and its corporate sponsors include AMD, Motorola, Northrop Grumman, and Seagate. For more information on Science Buddies, please visit www.sciencebuddies.org.

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Media Contacts
Courtney Corda, Science Buddies
+1-925-736-2696
courtney@sciencebuddies.org



Science Buddies Awards top Science Projects at the California State Science Fair (CSSF)

(May 22, 2007) Students scaling walls, riding bicycles on a tight rope, it sounds like the circus is in town but that was the scene at the 56th annual California State Science Fair (CSSF). This year Science Buddies was honored to present, for the first time, the Science Buddies Clever Scientist Award. The award was given to eleven students whose projects used innovative, low-cost experimental techniques to answer interesting scientific and engineering questions.

Held at the California Science Center May 21st - 22nd this year's fair boasted 969 students from 380 schools who presented over 850 projects.

Science Buddies Senior Scientist, Andrew Olson, was on hand to interview students and hand out the Clever Scientist Awards. During his interviews Andrew had the opportunity to speak with Natalya Rodriguez, a student from Irvine California, about her project titled "The Effect of Playing Different Notes on the Duration of the Sympathetic Vibrations of a C2 String of a Piano". Natalya had completed human subjects experiments in the past but was always frustrated with their inconclusive results. An avid piano player, Natalya was delighted when, after using the Topic Selection Wizard, she came across the Science Buddies physics project "How to Make a Piano Sing". Natalya told Andrew Olson "I learned so much from doing this project."
Natalya Rodriquez with her project "The Effect of Playing Different Notes on the Duration of the Sympathetic Vibrations of a C2 String of a Piano"

Junior and senior division awards were also presented to students in all project categories ranging from aeronautics to zoology. Senior Division Project of the Year went to Alexandra Courtis a student from Davis, California, for her project "Bright, Luminescent Silicon Nanoparticles for Biological Applications" which focuses on creating silicon quantum dots (QDs) for tracking biological processes. The Junior Division Project of the Year Award went to Michael Iorga for his project titled "Laser Cooling and Trapping of Rubidium-87 Atoms using MOL".
Alexandra Courtis accepting her Project of the Year Award

The Clever Scientist Award winners were:

Congratulations to all the students who participated in the California State Science Fair for 2007!



Intel ISEF Success for Science Buddies Mentors and Participants

(May 19, 2007) Intel held its annual International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) May 13-19th in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This year had record participation with over 1,500 students representing 50 unique countries, regions and territories. Science Buddies is pleased to report that a number of high school mentors and participants walked away with some top awards at ISEF 2007. In an effort to encourage greater participation in science fairs, Science Buddies provides students with online resources, including project ideas and access to mentoring. We are very proud to report on the achievements of Science Buddies participants who earned a spot at this year's ISEF competition.

Taking top honors for her Animal Sciences project, Yihe Dong, went home with a 1st Place Grand Award and the Best of Category Award for her project titled "Maternal Effects of Diet Restriction in Fruit Flies". Yihe said "Throughout my participation in different Science Fairs, Science Buddies, especially Amber Hess' writings, have helped me in many areas." Yihe attributes her success to the resources and mentoring she received on the Science Buddies website. She is currently working with Science Buddies staff on articles about her science competition experiences. Be sure to check back soon!

Science Buddies also had the opportunity to meet up with some of this year's mentors and student participants. Amy Tai an Oklahoma high school student participated in her first Intel ISEF event this year. Amy worked with Science Buddies mentor Caroline Thorn to develop her project titled "Computational Prediction of Genes in the Human Genome Using Nucleotide Composition". With Caroline's help and Amy's hard work and perseverance Amy made it to Intel ISEF. Amy says she enjoyed her time with Science Buddies and especially enjoyed the activity-filled week at Intel ISEF.
Amy Tai, Intel ISEF 2007

Justin Spahn a senior from California presented his project at Intel ISEF titled "Airfoil Efficiency as Determined by Camber". Justin was inspired by the Science Buddies project idea Which Wing Design Creates the Greatest Lift. Justin was interested in aerodynamics while looking for a project idea at the start of the school year and when he discovered "camber" a term with which he wasn't familiar, he began to research this term and its relation to flight and aerodynamics. He was so fascinated by what he found that he developed his own unique project and it won him a place at Intel ISEF 2007. Justin plans to continue to develop his love of science at U.C. Davis next year.
Justin Spahn, Intel ISEF 2007

Terik Daly a senior and long time Science Buddies mentor participated in his 3rd Intel ISEF this year. Terik has worked with scientists at NASA for four years on his project "Chemical Aspects of the Impact Process". He had a very successful year at Intel ISEF and went home with a number of awards including a 2nd Place Award from the American Geological Institute, 2nd place from the American Statistical Association, 2nd place from the Geological Society of America, an Award of Merit from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists and the 2nd Place Grand Award for his project category Earth & Planetary Sciences.
Terik Daly, Intel ISEF 2007

Additional winners include:

Science Buddies is proud and honored to report on such wonderful successes. Congratulations to all students who participated at Intel ISEF and other top science competitions this year!



Science Buddies Launches New Look and Revised Science Fair Project Guide

(March 5, 2007) Science Buddies is pleased to introduce a new and much improved Science Fair Project Guide, which includes a sneak peak at the new look for the Science Buddies website.

Science Buddies has made general enhancements to the content on almost every page of the Science Fair Project Guide, with the goal of developing content suitable to novice science students. Some of the more noticeable improvements include:

With over 4,000 pages of content and growing, the goal of the new design was to develop a site that is easier to navigate and enables visitors to more quickly find the content they need. The Science Fair Project Guide is the first section to be redesigned, and the remainder of the website will soon follow. Some of the key features of the new design include:

We hope that you will find this new format easy to use and that the new materials will better serve our users. We have strived to take into consideration all of your helpful suggestions and to create a website that is more user friendly for teachers, parents and especially students. We invite you to explore the website and send us any feedback you might have about our new look and new materials.



Former Science Buddies Participant Wins Siemens Team Competition

(January 6, 2007) Jinju Yi, former student participant in Science Buddies' Online Mentoring Program, and her partner Vijay Jain were awarded a $30,000 team scholarship at the Seimens Competition for their project titled "Surface Molecular Imprinting of a Nanoscale Transducer for the Rapid Detection of Bioterrorist Agents and the Early Diagnosis of Cancer". Jinju Yi is a senior at Plainview Old-Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School in Plainview, New York. Her partner, Vijay Jain, is also a senior and attends Herricks High School in New Hyde Park, New York.

The winning bioengineering project achieved a giant step in developing a sensor for biological molecules that could aid in the detection of viruses, cancer, and bioterrorist agents. The team worked with mentors Dr. Yantian Wang, Dr. Miriam Rafailovich, Marylou O'Donnell, a current Classroom Scientists participant, Rebecca Isseroff , Charles Duggan, and Karim Gangji.

Yi and Jain were also awarded a $6,000 team scholarship in the Siemens Competition Regional Finals in November. Their success as Silver Medalists in the Middle States Regional Competition secured their spot in the National Finals.

Other semifinalists in the competition include Terik Daly, a senior at Oak Grove High School in San Jose, California, who currently volunteers as an Expert in our Ask an Expert, Physical Science Forum and Nina Wong, a Classroom Scientists Program Mentor, from Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School in Miami, Florida.

The Siemens Foundation was established in 1998 to recognize exceptional talent in science, math, and technology. Its key programs are the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, the Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement, and the Siemens Teacher Scholarships. For more information about these competitions please visit www.siemens-foundation.org

We would like to congratulate Jinju, Vijay, and all the Science Buddies participants past and present who have achieved such great success this year.



Science Buddies Make Semifinals at Intel Science Talent Search

(January 17, 2007) Science Buddies is excited to report that a number of past and present Science Buddies Mentors were named as Semifinalists in the 66th Science Talent Search. The semifinalists were chosen from 1705 entrants representing 46 states, Puerto Rico, and several overseas schools. Each of the semifinalists and their schools received a $1,000 award and the chance at one of the coveted finalist positions.

The semifinalists include:
Terik Daly, a student at Oak Grove High School in San Jose, California, was chosen for his project titled "Chemical Aspects of the Impact Process". Terik started with Science Buddies in 2003 as a participant and Mentor in Science Buddies' Online Mentoring Program. He has continued to volunteer as an Expert in the Ask an Expert, Physical Science Forum. This year marks his fourth consecutive year with Science Buddies and we greatly appreciate his dedication and commitment to our programs.

Nina Wong, a Mentor with our Classroom Scientists Program, is a student at Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School in Miami, Florida. Nina's project is titled "Insulin-regulated Intracellular Trafficking mRNAs in Skeletal Muscle Cells".

Neal Bennett was awarded the semifinalist spot for his project titled "Detection of Iodide in Urine: Comparison of Ion Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry and an Iodide Ion Selective Electrode". Neal attends Bellaire High School in Texas and has recently joined Science Buddies as a Mentor.

Arhana Chattopadhyay, a volunteer from 2005, attends Plano East Senior High School in Plano, Texas. Arhana's project is titled "A Novel Coupled Atomistic-Continuum Model for Reaction Kinetics at the Pt/YSZ/O Interface in SOFCs".

For information about the Intel Science Talent Search please visit www.sciserv.org/Sts/ .

Congratulations again to all of our Mentors for their outstanding science research.