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Press Releases 2008

Science Buddies Receives $25,000 from Monsanto Fund to Support Food Science Education (December 12, 2008)

Science Buddies Joins the Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science (COPUS) in Honor of 2009— the "Year of Science" (December 17, 2008)

Symantec Foundation to Support Science Buddies Computer Science Interest Area and Internet Safety Initiative (October 23, 2008)

Science Buddies Winner of a Parents' Choice Recommended Award in the Website Category (September 10, 2008)

Science Buddies Launches Collection of Video and Computer Games Project Ideas with Support from AMD Foundation (June 2, 2008)

Science Buddies Congratulates Symantec Scholarship Winners in Utah (May 10, 2008)

Congratulations Go Out to Two Science Buddies Intel Finalists! (February 14, 2008)

Science Buddies Make Semifinals at Intel Science Talent Search (January 23, 2008)

Science Buddies to Partner with CYBERCHASE, the Award-Winning Children's Math Television Program Seen on PBS KIDS GO! (January 12, 2008)



Science Buddies Receives $25,000 from Monsanto Fund to Support Food Science Education
Science Buddies to increase number of food science and agriculture projects

CARMEL, CA (December 12, 2008) – 2009 is the Year of Science, and Monsanto is teaming up with Science Buddies, the leading K-12 science fair "how to" website to make the educational experience of participating in a science fair fun, accessible and inspirational for students and teachers alike.

Science Buddies today announced it has received a $25,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund, a private foundation and the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company to enable Science Buddies to develop more content related to food science, plant biology and genetics, and agriculture for its Food Science area. Science Buddies is the leading science fair resource website for students, teachers and parents designed to support serious inquiry in over 30 fields of science and engineering. All content on the Science Buddies website is offered free of charge.

"We are excited to team up with Monsanto, and grateful for their commitment to science education", said Ken Hess, CEO of Science Buddies. "Since there is increasing concern about sustainable agriculture and food production around the globe, the time is now to give students all the resources they need to encourage their interest in these issues."

Educators know that doing a hands-on research projects is one of the best ways to teach students scientific concepts. Science Buddies provides online step-by-step hands-on resources to make science fair participation easy, fun, and inspiring. The features on the website include hundreds of scientist-authored project ideas in a wide array of science, engineering, math and technology fields, guides for teachers who want to organize a science fair or include science projects in their curriculum, and even an "Ask An Expert" advice forum, which links students with science and engineering professionals to answer questions and provide support.

"Monsanto Fund is proud to support Science Buddies because we recognize the importance of equipping teachers and students with valuable tools to enhance the educational experience," said Deborah Patterson, president of Monsanto Fund.

New food science, plant biology and genetics, and agriculture will be developed on the website throughout 2009.

About Monsanto Fund
The Monsanto Fund is the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company. Incorporated in 1964, the Fund's primary objective is to improve the lives of people by bridging the gap between their needs and their resources. The Monsanto Fund is focused on grant-making in four main areas: nutritional improvement through agriculture; science education, primarily on professional development for teachers; healthy environment, which includes conservation, protection of biodiversity, clean water and restoration of wildlife habitat; and improving the quality of life in communities where Monsanto employees live and work.

Visit the Monsanto Fund at http://www.monsantofund.org/asp/welcome.asp.

About Science Buddies
Science Buddies, a 501c3 public charity, is the leading award-winning non-profit science fair "how-to" resource for K-12 students, teachers, and parents. With scientist-authored educational content covering 30 fields of science and engineering and a website created and run by scientists and engineers, Science Buddies supports serious scientific inquiry by providing tools for project selection, as well as step-by-step instruction and support from scientists and experts on setting up, managing, and monitoring a project and recording the results. Science Buddies helps students learn more, get support, save time and get inspired.

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Contact

Tina Lanese, Science Buddies
tina@sciencebuddies.org



Science Buddies Joins the Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science (COPUS) in Honor of 2009— the "Year of Science"

CARMEL, CA (December 17, 2008) – In honor of 2009 being the "Year of Science," Science Buddies has joined the Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science (COPUS). COPUS is a grassroots organization whose goal is to build public awareness about the nature of science and unite sectors of the scientific community.

"We are enthusiastic about our COPUS affiliation, and believe their goals are a great fit with our organization," said Ken Hess, president and founder of Science Buddies. "We both seek to promote science and demystify science. Through them, we hope to forge new partnerships and boost awareness of our resources."

For more information about COPUS, please visit www.copusproject.org.

About Science Buddies
Science Buddies, www.sciencebuddies.org, is a 501c3 public charity based in Carmel, California, that offers a variety of Web-based programs to help K-12 students create high quality science research projects.

With unique tools and superior content, Science Buddies has developed a reputation as a trusted authority for students, teachers, and parents. Science Buddies was the winner of a Parents' Choice Recommended Award in 2008. It's also recommended and linked to by many partners and advocates, including the SciLinks program of the National Science Teachers Association and the American Library Association's Great Websites for Kids directory. Science Buddies will serve a diverse audience of over 8 million K-12 students and teachers in 2008.

The presenting sponsor of Science Buddies is Seagate Technology. Major sponsors include: AMD Foundation, Bio-Rad Laboratories, Motorola Foundation, Northrop Grumman Foundation, Schering-Plough Foundation, and Symantec Foundation.



Symantec Foundation to Support Science Buddies Computer Science Interest Area and Internet Safety Initiative

CARMEL, CA (October 23, 2008) – Symantec Foundation awarded a grant of $100,000 to Science Buddies, which will underwrite student usage of the Science Buddies Computer Science Interest Area as well as development of new educational content for the area. The grant will also fund an effort by Science Buddies to incorporate information and resources about Internet safety across the Science Buddies website.

"We are extremely grateful to Symantec and the Symantec Foundation for their longtime support of Science Buddies. Their generous investment in Science Buddies will help us serve literally millions of K-12 students and teachers in the next year," said Ken Hess, president and founder of Science Buddies. "Support from Symantec and the Symantec Foundation have been instrumental in helping us develop a robust collection of science fair project ideas and other resources that foster young people's interest in studying computer science. Now, we will also be able to draw on their expertise to help educate families and schools about online safety."

Children's online safety is a key focus area for Symantec and the Symantec Foundation. Since Science Buddies has a huge audience of students, parents, and teachers who are actively using the Internet, it is an ideal place to disseminate messages about Internet safety. Among other activities, Science Buddies will help Symantec build awareness about its Family Resource Website, which provides easy-to-understand insights on Internet safety issues, with materials designed for educators, parents and grandparents, and law enforcement.

About Science Buddies
Science Buddies, www.sciencebuddies.org, is a 501c3 public charity based in Carmel, California, that offers a variety of Web-based programs to help K-12 students create high quality science research projects.

With unique tools and superior content, Science Buddies has developed a reputation as a trusted authority for students, teachers, and parents. Science Buddies was the winner of a Parents' Choice Recommended Award in 2008. It's also recommended and linked to by many partners and advocates, including the SciLinks program of the National Science Teachers Association and the American Library Association's Great Websites for Kids directory. Science Buddies will serve a diverse audience of over 8 million K-12 students and teachers in 2008.

The presenting sponsor of Science Buddies is Seagate Technology. Major sponsors include: AMD Foundation, Bio-Rad Laboratories, Motorola Foundation, Northrop Grumman Foundation, Schering-Plough Foundation, and Symantec Foundation.

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



Science Buddies Winner of a Parents' Choice Recommended Award in the Website Category

CARMEL, CA (September 10, 2008) - Science Buddies (www.sciencebuddies.org), the premier online provider of science project resources for students in grades K-12, was honored with a 2008 Parents' Choice Recommended Award in the website category. The Parents' Choice Awards program received many strong entries this season; Science Buddies was among the small percentage selected to receive the honor.

Science Buddies was launched in 2001 with the goal of improving science literacy by encouraging more hands-on science inquiry in the classroom. Working closely with educators, Science Buddies develops free tools for students and teachers, such as the Topic Selection Wizard, an online survey that recommends project ideas to students; over 700 project ideas covering 27 different areas of science; an online question-and-answer forum; classroom handouts; grading rubrics; and many more.

"We feel honored to have received a 2008 Parents' Choice Recommended Award," said Ken Hess, Founder of Science Buddies. "Science Buddies has worked very hard to develop unique online tools and resources to help students and teachers doing science projects. This award is a wonderful acknowledgment of the quality of the materials that we have developed."

Established in 1978, Parents' Choice is the nation's oldest nonprofit guide to quality children's media and toys. The Foundation's mission is to provide parents with information to participate wisely in their children's learning outside the classroom. The Parents' Choice Awards program honors the best material for children: books, toys, music and storytelling, magazines, software, video games, television, and websites. Parents' Choice Foundation's panels of educators, scientists, performing artists, librarians, parents and, yes, kids themselves, identify the very best products for children of different ages and backgrounds, and of varied skill and interest levels.

To learn more about the Parents' Choice Awards, please visit their website: http://www.parents-choice.org.

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 8 million K-12 students and teachers in 2008. 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, visit www.sciencebuddies.org.

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Contact:
Tina Lanese, Science Buddies
tina@sciencebuddies.org



Science Buddies Launches Collection of Video and Computer Games Project Ideas with Support from AMD Foundation

CARMEL, CA (June 2, 2008) - Science Buddies has begun to publish a new collection of Project Ideas designed for students who have an interest in video and computer games. The new series of Project Ideas will help students create science fair projects that explore a variety of topics such as game design, graphics, audio, and programming. Some of the Project Ideas will help students understand the usefulness and impact of games by exploring topics such as human behavior during game play, the effects of social or educational content in games, the usefulness of simulations in training and experimentation, and ergonomics.

Science Buddies is pleased to announce that the AMD Foundation is sponsoring the new collection as part of its new initiative called "AMD Changing the Game", which is designed to enhance education through game development. For more details, see the AMD Foundation press release on the AMD website.

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 8 million K–12 students and teachers in 2008.

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



Science Buddies Congratulates Symantec Scholarship Winners in Utah

CARMEL, CA (May 10, 2008) - Science Buddies congratulates four Utah students who recently won $10,000 scholarships from Symantec, a long-time corporate sponsor of Science Buddies. The scholarship winners were selected by a team of Symantec software engineers who judged projects at four of Utah's Intel ISEF-affiliated science and engineering fairs. Students who competed for the Symantec scholarship award created projects that used software code to model or solve a significant problem. The majority of the code was required to be the students' own effort.

The four student winners were:

Symantec and Science Buddies have worked together for more than a year to raise awareness in Utah about the educational value of science competitions, with a special focus on encouraging young people with an interest in computer science to enter science fairs. Don Kleinschnitz, Vice President of Development at Symantec was recently quoted in an article in BYU's Daily Universe newspaper as saying, "Our goal is to have more software engineers available in Utah. We want to generate excitement and interest to convert students to studying math and science."

Symantec has been a sponsor of the Computer Science Interest Area on the Science Buddies website since 2005. 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 is introducing students to exciting new technologies in the field of computer science, as well as helping them build a solid understanding of basic science principles.

About Symantec
Symantec is a global leader in providing security, storage, and systems management solutions to help businesses and consumers secure and manage their information. Headquartered in Cupertino, California, Symantec has operations in more than 40 countries. For more information, visit www.symantec.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 5 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, visit www.sciencebuddies.org.

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



Congratulations Go Out to Two Science Buddies Intel Finalists! (February 14, 2008)

CARMEL, CA (February 14, 2008) - Science Buddies is proud to honor former volunteers Yihe Dong and Eric Nelson Delgado, who were both recently announced as finalists in the Intel Science Talent Search (STS)! The Intel STS is often considered the "junior Nobel Prize" and has a rich history as America's oldest and most prestigious pre-college science competition. Students presented original research to an impressive audience of scientists and government leaders. The next stop for Yihe and Eric is Washington D.C. in March, where they will participate in a week-long event that includes rigorous judging, as well as meetings with national leaders and leading scientists. The top winner will receive a $100,000 scholarship from the Intel Foundation, and each finalist will receive at least $5,000 in scholarships and a new laptop.

Eric currently attends Bayonne High School in Bayonne, New Jersey and his project was inspired by work he performed at an internship two years ago at a local medical center. There, he conducted an epidemiology project focusing on antimicrobial resistance and became very interested. His interest became particularly heightened when he came across a paper that described 5'-methoxyhydnocarpin, a chemical found in certain plant species. This compound has the ability to almost completely reverse the effects of antimicrobial resistance. He was amazed by its effectiveness and recognized its potential impact on the treatment of resistant bacteria, which led to his junior year project.

Eric's junior year project led to his senior year project and Intel STS entry: "Engineering a Novel Gram-negative Effective Efflux Pump Inhibitor." In his project, Eric studied the use of novel efflux pump inhibitors (EPI) to improve the efficacy of antibiotics against multi-drug-resistant bacteria. He tested a compound known to disable a simple efflux pump in S. aureus on a more complex pump in E. coli, nonpathogenic bacteria. He found that a modified form of it, diosmetin, could enter the E. coli cell and effectively disable the more complex pump. Eric's research, while very in-depth, was all done in his high school's lab.

Yihe, a student at Cedar Shoals High School in Athens, Georgia, titled her science fair project "Maternal Effects of Dietary Restriction in Fruit Flies." The inspiration for Yihe's project was a result of her lifelong interest in aging. She often asked herself questions like "Why can't living organisms live forever?" and "How can you prolong life?". These simple questions motivated her to pursue a project about aging.

In a seven-month investigation, Yihe studied 3,200 virgin offspring of regular diet (R) vs. diet-restricted (DR) parents. She discovered that if you apply dietary restrictions to the fly parents, their offspring will be more stress-resistant, but live shorter lives, which she found to be very surprising since organisms that are exposed to diet restrictions are generally more resistant to stress and live longer lives. Yihe believes her findings can further understanding of the evolutionary trade-off between quality and quantity in Drosophila reproduction. Ultimately, Yihe was motivated by the belief that nothing is too big to achieve and that if you just go one step at a time, you will get to where you want to go.

Despite countless hours of hard work on their projects, in addition to academics and extracurricular activities over the past year, Yihe and Eric have offered to share their journey with you. Yihe's chronicle of her regional and state science fair experiences can be found here: http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/blog_yihe_dong_jshs.shtml. Eric will also be contributing his experiences, so stay tuned!



Science Buddies Make Semifinals at Intel Science Talent Search (January 23, 2008)

CARMEL, CA (January 23, 2008) - We are pleased to announce that four past and present Science Buddies volunteers recently qualified as semifinalists in the Intel Science Talent Search (STS), held in Washington D.C. The STS is often considered the "junior Nobel Prize" and has a rich history as America's oldest and most prestigious pre-college science competition. Students presented original research to an impressive audience of scientists and government leaders. Congratulations to the following:

Eric Nelson DelgadoBayonne High School,
Bayonne, New Jersey
Engineering a Novel Gram-negative Effective Efflux Pump Inhibitor
Yihe DongCedar Shoals High School,
Athens, Georgia
Maternal Effects of Dietary Restriction in Fruit Flies
Richard Jay LiMonte Vista High School,
Danville, California
A Novel Approach to Rapid Diagnosis of Cancer by FTIR Spectroscopy Combined with Ligand-Receptor Specific Binding
Yingna LiuOssining High School,
Ossining, New York
An Effective and Environmentally Friendly Method for the Control of the Mosquito Population

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



Science Buddies to Partner with CYBERCHASE, the Award-Winning Children's Math Television Program Seen on PBS KIDS GO!

CARMEL, CA (January 10, 2008) - Science Buddies today announced that it has entered into a partnership with CYBERCHASE, the Emmy Award-winning math-mystery cartoon produced by Thirteen/WNET New York and seen daily on PBS KIDS GO!. Using CYBERCHASE episodes and educational materials found on the program's companion website, pbskidsgo.org/cyberchase, as inspiration, Science Buddies will author and publish articles for its website that will give students ages 8 to 11 ideas and step-by-step instructions for how to do cool math-related science fair projects.

Each year, millions of students are required to do a science fair project. Students have the most fun and learn more when they are able to choose a topic for their project that they find very interesting and engaging. "Most students experience a great deal of frustration and difficulty in selecting a topic for their science fair projects. They often have more trouble picking a topic than they do designing experiments and analyzing results," said Ken Hess, president and founder of Science Buddies. "That's why Science Buddies developed its popular Topic Selection Wizard tool and our large and growing collection of Project Idea outlines. We aim to provide all students with meaningful Project Idea outlines relevant to their personal interests as well as other useful background materials that will give them the information they need to develop excellent science projects."

Many students who have an interest in mathematics don't realize that math experiments are a possible topic for a science fair project. The Mathematics Interest Area on the Science Buddies website helps students see that there are many wonderful possibilities for math experiments that are suitable for science fairs at the K-12 level. The site currently offers dozens of math project ideas. With funding from the Motorola Foundation and help from CYBERCHASE, Science Buddies plans to develop many more math-related project idea articles in the coming year.

About CYBERCHASE
CYBERCHASE - the only math series for children on American TV - airs daily on PBS KIDS GO! across the country. Check local listings at CYBERCHASE Online: pbskidsgo.org/cyberchase. CYBERCHASE is produced by Thirteen/WNET New York in association with Title Entertainment Inc. Major funding for CYBERCHASE is provided by the National Science Foundation, Ernst & Young LLP, Northrop Grumman Corporation, PBS, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Additional funding is provided by The Volckhausen Family.

About PBS KIDS and PBS KIDS GO!
PBS KIDS, for preschoolers, and PBS KIDS GO!, for early elementary school kids, are committed to providing the highest quality non-commercial content and learning environment for children across the country. Providing age-appropriate, diverse programming for kids, PBS KIDS and PBS KIDS GO! programs consistently earn more prestigious awards than any other broadcast or cable network. Only PBS KIDS and PBS KIDS GO! have earned the unanimous endorsement of parents, children, industry leaders, and teachers. With additional PBS resources to complement its programming, including PBS KIDS online (pbskids.org), PBS KIDS GO! online (pbskidsgo.org), PBS Parents (pbsparents.org), PBS Teachers (pbs.org/teachers), PBS Ready To Learn services and literacy events across the country, PBS is providing the tools necessary for positive child development. PBS is a nonprofit media enterprise owned and operated by the nation's 355 public television stations, serving nearly 73 million people each week and reaching 99% of American homes.

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 6.5 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 of science and engineering. The Presenting Sponsor of Science Buddies is Seagate Technology. Other major corporate sponsors include Bio-Rad Laboratories, Motorola Foundation, Northrop Grumman, and Symantec. For more information on Science Buddies, please visit www.sciencebuddies.org.

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