Science Buddies Press Releases 2009
Science Buddies Awarded 2009 NAPPA Gold Award
CARMEL, CA (November 4, 2009) — Science Buddies, the premier online provider of science project resources for K-12 students, teachers, and parents, has been honored with a prestigious 2009 Gold Award in the National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Children's Products competition.
Science Buddies provides a "one-stop shop" of high-quality and innovative services free of charge to millions of students, teachers, and parents across the U.S. and around the world. Our resources include more than 900 project ideas covering 30 areas of science, the Topic Selection Wizard tool that recommends project ideas to students, the Ask an Expert online advice forum, materials for teachers, and much more. Our mission is boost students' science literacy by making hands-on research projects fun and accessible.
"We are pleased and grateful to receive the NAPPA Gold Award," said Ken Hess, CEO and founder of Science Buddies. "Science Buddies has worked hard to develop unique and much-needed resources, and this award is a wonderful recognition of both our efforts and the quality of our material."
For the past 20 years, NAPPA has helped parents and professionals make smart choices for their kids. Evaluating products using strict criteria, NAPPA's top-notch team of judges, parents, and even kids themselves select the most fun, safe, and educational products as NAPPA Gold and Honors winners. NAPPA award winners stand out as the cream of the crop of children's material.
About Science Buddies
Science Buddies, a 501c3 public charity based in Carmel, California, was founded in 2001. In 2009, Science Buddies will serve a diverse audience of 10 million K-12 student and teacher visitors. Its programs are recommended by many partners and advocates, including the American Library Association, the SciLinks program of the National Science Teachers Association, and several PBS educational programs. Its presenting sponsor is Seagate Technology. For more information on Science Buddies, visit www.sciencebuddies.org.
Science Buddies Fosters Student Interest in Geosciences with Help from Chevron
CARMEL, CA (November 2, 2009) Science Buddies announced today that it has received a $50,000 grant from Chevron in conjunction with its California Partnership initiative to invest in education and economic development in its home state. In an era of increasing energy needs, the world needs more talented geoscientists, alternative energy experts, and climatologists. Chevron Corporation is teaming up with Science Buddies, the premier online provider of science project resources for students in grades K-12, to inspire and support California students, particularly those with an interest in earth science fields.
Chevron's grant will underwrite outreach efforts and program services to students in underserved communities in Alameda and Contra Costa counties as well as underwriting the operation, maintenance, and improvement of its Geology Interest Area. Chevron's grant will help Science Buddies serve 250,000 California students and teachers over the next 12 months.
"We appreciate Chevron's commitment to science education, especially in California, and their willingness to provide not only financial support but also volunteer support," said Ken Hess, founder and president of Science Buddies. "It is becoming increasingly important to find cleaner, smarter ways to power the world, and there has never been a better time to encourage student interest in helping meet that challenge."
The California Partnership is Chevron's recently-announced initiative to invest in education and economic development in California by expanding the company's partnerships with nonprofits, including relationships with 18 new nonprofit partners providing programs for education, entrepreneurs and job training. The California Partnership represents a $7 million enhancement to Chevron's community engagement investments in the state, bringing Chevron's total investments in California in 2009 to approximately $28 million.
Many educators believe that a hands-on research project is one of the best ways to teach scientific concepts. Science Buddies provides step-by-step resources to make hands-on science projects easy, fun, and inspiring. The website, www.sciencebuddies.org, features 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 the "Ask an Expert" advice forum, which links students with science and engineering professionals to answer questions and provide support."Chevron believes that support for science education at the K-12 level is essential to the state's future, as well as the future of our company," said Matt Lonner, manager of Global Partnerships and Programs at Chevron. "The 9th graders who are developing science projects on soil structure or geomagnetism are the next generation of scientists who will be creating breakthroughs in energy efficiency. Chevron understands the importance of providing teachers and students with critical tools to support science learning, and we are proud to support Science Buddies for the innovative resources it offers."
Chevron Corporation is one of the world's leading integrated energy companies, with subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide. The company's success is driven by the ingenuity and commitment of approximately 62,000 employees who operate across the energy spectrum. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and other energy products; manufactures and sells petrochemical products; generates power and produces geothermal energy; provides energy efficiency solutions; and develops the energy resources of the future, including biofuels and other renewables. Chevron is based in San Ramon, Calif. More information about Chevron is available at www.chevron.com.
About Science Buddies
Science Buddies, a 501c3 public charity based in Carmel, California, was founded in 2001. It quickly became the premier online source of K-12 science project information. Science Buddies serves a diverse audience of 10 million K-12 student and teacher visitors annually. All content on the Science Buddies website is offered free of charge and the site does not take commercial advertising. Its programs are recommended by many partners and advocates, including the American Library Association, the SciLinks program of the National Science Teachers Association, and several PBS educational programs. Its presenting sponsor is Seagate Technology. For more information on Science Buddies, visit www.sciencebuddies.org.
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Courtney Corda, Science Buddies
Science Buddies and Axiope Announce a New Collaboration Using Axiope's Electronic Lab Notebook
CARMEL, CA AND EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND (July 8, 2009) - Science Buddies (www.sciencebuddies.org), the premier online provider of science project resources for students in grades K-12, and Axiope (www.axiope.com), developers of online applications for lab scientists, are pleased to announce an exciting new collaboration. Through Science Buddies, participants in advanced science competitions will now be able to use Axiope's eCAT, an innovative, easy-to-use online electronic lab notebook (ELN), to document their experiments.
By using eCAT, science competition participants will reap the benefits that scientists in industry and non-commercial settings already enjoy from ELNs:
- READY-MADE EXPERIMENT TEMPLATE: eCAT comes with a ready-made experiment template so you don't have to create your own.
- SINGLE, INTEGRATED ENVIRONMENT: Because eCAT allows you to upload and link to files, you can keep all the information relating to your experiment (e.g. Word documents, spreadsheets, PDFs, and images) in a single, integrated environment.
- CONVENIENT SHARING: With an online ELN like eCAT, its easy to share your experiment record with others.
- POWERFUL SEARCH CAPABILITY: Using eCAT's search capability, it is easy to locate data, information, and attached files when you don't remember exactly where they are.
- AVOIDING DUPLICATED EFFORT: Your experiment data will be in electronic form, and the experiment record can be turned into a PDF, so when you're done you won't need to rewrite and re-present what was in the paper lab notebook.
- BETTER ORGANIZATION: eCAT won't get lost! And entries are always legible to you, and to others who need to see the record of your experiment.
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.
Tina Lanese, Science Buddies
Axiope, based in Edinburgh, Scotland, develops online applications for lab scientists. eCAT, the first online electronic lab notebook for lab scientists, was developed in close collaboration with lab scientists in universities and government research institutions in North America, Europe, and Asia.
Rory Macneil, Axiope
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Science Buddies and the Motorola Foundation Partner to Inspire Tomorrow's Innovators
CARMEL, CA (June 25, 2009) Today's science students are tomorrow's cancer researchers, technological entrepreneurs, and climate change experts. Science Buddies is pleased to announce it has received a $51,000 Innovation Generation grant from the Motorola Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Motorola, to support our mission of helping kids build the science confidence and skills they need to succeed in school and on into college and the workforce.
The Motorola Foundation's Innovation Generation grants support programs that engage students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). In 2009, the Motorola Foundation is providing $5 million in grants to support out-of-school programming, teacher training, curriculum development and other programs that spark students' interest in STEM.
"We are honored that Motorola has selected us for this prestigious grant," said Ken Hess, CEO of Science Buddies. "Given the troubled status of the economy, we are grateful that Motorola continues to generously support organizations like ours that are committed to improving STEM education."
Motorola's Innovation Generation grant will help Science Buddies add to our library of cool Project Ideas in dozens of "hot" and socially relevant fields, including Environmental Engineering, Energy and Power, and Genetics and Genomics. Science Buddies will also use funding from Motorola to conduct targeted outreach campaigns in North Texas and South Florida, building awareness of our resources among educators and students in those communities.
By making science projects and science fair participation fun and doable for teachers and students from all walks of life, Science Buddies is working with the Motorola Foundation to increase access to STEM education and equip students for successful futures. Introducing students to the real-world application of concepts they learn in the classroom strengthens problem-solving skills, increases knowledge retention, and opens their eyes to the possibilities associated with pursuing careers in those fields.
"Innovation Generation programs make science and math both real and fun for today's students, bringing to life what they hear from their teachers every day," said Eileen Sweeney, director of the Motorola Foundation. "The work Science Buddies is doing to engage students in these subjects will help our next generation to succeed in a global, knowledge-based economy where critical thinking is no longer just a benefit, but a necessity."
In July, Motorola will convene its grantees at the first annual Innovation Generation Conference. Science Buddies will join dozens of other grantees to share best practices and cultivate the collaborative learning environment necessary to harness students' curiosity about STEM.To learn more about the Motorola Foundation's Innovation Generation grants please visit www.motorola.com/giving.
Courtney Corda, Science Buddies
Science Buddies Showcases Winning Essays from Bio-Rad 2009 Scholarship Competition
CARMEL, CA (May 28, 2009) - Would you ever guess that feeding dog food to your family as a kid might help you earn a scholarship? That's exactly what happened to Lauren Croda, one of the recent recipients of a Bio-Rad scholarship! Bio-Rad is a manufacturer and distributor of products for life science research and clinical diagnostics. They are renowned worldwide among hospitals, universities, research institutions, and biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. Bio-Rad's scholarship program was open to students local to the Bio-Rad headquarters in Hercules, California. The scholarship provides financial assistance to students who have a passion for science and have decided to seek higher education to pursue their science career goals. The winners received either a $2,500 or a $1,000 scholarship. Science Buddies was there to hear and speak with some of the winners, and selected the following three students' essays to feature at www.sciencebuddies.org.
Lauren Croda will soon graduate from De Anza High School in El Sobrante, California and will focus on studying pediatrics in college. Lauren's science passion began at a very early age, when she would often perform her own "experiments" on her family members, like having them taste-test different animal food! She recounts cool science class demonstrations, like "completing a circuit using wires attached to a student's capped front teeth." Lauren sees immense value in science projects, writing "Hands-on learning experiences are vital to gaining interest in science, showing students that what they learn on paper operates not only in books, but in everyday life." Check out Lauren's complete essay to read more about from where she got her inspiration and why she thinks it's so important to continue inspiring students.
Sanjit Rai, also a past recipient of two Science Buddies awards, will study biomedical engineering at UC Davis upon graduating from John Swett High School in Rodeo, California. Her essay focuses on the importance of applying science in order to help protect our planet from the growing environmental impacts. Sanjit stresses the importance of applying scientific principles to help advance our world and to care for our planet: "Alternative energy resources are our future...Science is intertwined with so many subjects that it is something that everyone needs to be educated in; it exists in everything." Read Sanjit's full essay to learn more about her ideas.
Kiana Ward is currently a senior at El Cerrito High School in El Cerrito, California. She plans to attend Brown University, where she will study international relations and the sciences, and she aspires to obtain a career in the International Agency for Atomic Energy. Kiana emphasizes the importance of teaching young children how fascinating and fun science is. To stress that entertainment and science can mix, she states, "Kids are interested in superheroes and movie stars. Big Science (BS) needs big stars and a science superhero who uses his huge brain to outwit the villains." View Kiana's complete essay to read more of her ideas and who she thinks should be getting more superstar attention.
Congratulations go out to all of the Bio-Rad scholarship program winners!
- Nicole Bibel - Benicia High School
- Tiffany Chin - Hercules High School
- Lauren Croda - DeAnza High School
- Colleen Delaney - Benicia High School
- Alisha Manandhar - El Cerrito High School
- Gerard Markham - John F. Kennedy High School
- Lindsey Martien - El Cerrito High School
- Jordan Moshe - Miramonte High School
- Kevin Tuan Phung - Miramonte High School
- Marques Pitcher - El Cerrito High School
- Sanjit Rai - John Swett High school
- Stephanie Saechao - Richmond High School
- Muong Saeteurn - John F. Kennedy High School
- Aisha Shakeel - De Anza High School
- Sahiv Shrestha - Richmond High School
- Kiana Ward - El Cerrito High School
- Veronica White - El Cerrito High School
Science Buddies Announces Past and Present Volunteers as Competition Semifinalists and Finalist (February 6, 2009)
CARMEL, CA (February 6, 2009) – Both the Intel Science Talent Search and Siemens Competition in Math, Science, & Technology recently announced semifinalists and finalists. Science Buddies is pleased to congratulate four of these talented students, in particular—past and present Science Buddies volunteers! Congratulations to the following:
Andrew attends Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School in Plainview, New York. He was an Intel Science Talent Search semifinalist for his project titled "Fractionation of Actinomycete Extracts and Biological Assays in Regards to M. tuberculosis Inhibition." Andrew was also a semifinalist in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science, & Technology.
Samantha attends Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School in Plainview, New York. She was a semifinalist in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science, & Technology.
Amy, from Oklahoma School of Science & Mathematics in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, was a semifinalist in the Intel Science Talent Search. The title of Amy's project is "Computational Development of a Comprehensive Database of Drug-Drug Interactions." The idea for her science fair project actually came from working with a Science Buddies Expert in her field of interest (genetics). Throughout high school, Amy's curiosity evolved into a heavy interest in bioinformatics, which culminated into this science fair project. Amy states, "I think much of scientific research comes from fiddling around and exploring at an early stage, so that when you actually want to settle down and pursue a specific topic (such as for a competition, etc.), you'll know what that topic is and how you're going to go about researching it."
Nilesh attends Clovis West High School in Fresno, California. He placed as a finalist in the Intel Science Talent Search. Nilesh's project is entitled "A Relativistic Generalization of the Navier-Stokes Equations to Quark-Gluon Plasmas." Nilesh expressed that he has always thought that physics is the most fundamental of all the sciences. He states, "The fact that the Navier-Stokes equations—which can describe anything, from the waves that meander behind a boat, to the turbulent air currents that support a Boeing 747, and in fact nearly all fluid or gas flow—are unsolvable has fascinated me." Nilesh was able to combine his interest in fluid mechanics and quantum mechanics to try and explain some counterintuitive phenomena seen in quark-gluon plasma, the super-hot matter that filled the universe right after the Big Bang.
You can find out more about the Intel Science Talent Search at www.societyforscience.org/sts, and the Siemens Competition in Math, Science, & Technology at www.siemens-foundation.org/en/competition.htm.
Science Buddies Debuts Free Membership Program!
CARMEL, CA (January 19, 2009) – In addition to its free online resources for all visitors, Science Buddies is excited to announce its free membership program! Signing up takes only a couple of minutes. Members will receive a periodic newsletter full of valuable information, including premiere notification about new fresh and exciting Project Ideas, the latest news about upcoming science events and deadlines, and valuable science fair tips. Your email address will not be given away or shared with any other organization. Please take a minute to join Science Buddies now!
Courtney Corda, Science Buddies