Science Buddies Press Releases 2010
Science Buddies and University of California's Lick Observatory Researchers Announce K-12 Astronomy Contest
CARMEL, CA (November 30, 2010) Science Buddies and UCO Lick Observatory researchers Dr. Aaron Romanowsky and Professor Jean Brodie know students are currently preparing science projects for science fairs coming up in the spring. That's why they are also holding the Science-Buddies-Lick Observatory Astronomy Contest, which is open to students in grades K-12.
Students can enter the contest by completing an astronomy project of their own creation, or one of Science Buddies' Astronomy Project Ideas. "This is an exciting time in astronomy. There was the recent discovery of Gliese 581g, a planet that may have the right components to support life. Researchers confirmed water on the moon, and a stream of data from observatories and space telescopes are shedding light on how galaxies, like the Milky Way, formed," says Science Buddies' lead scientist, Sandra Slutz. "Science Buddies and our partners at Lick Observatory and Celestron all realize that the next generation of astronomers may reveal some of the deepest secrets of space, and we're excited to give them a head start in their explorations."
Science Buddies is providing cash prizes for students, and their teachers, competing in the contest. Celestron has also donated a variety of telescopes as prizes. Students and their teachers will be entered in a random drawing for $50 cash prizes or Limited Edition Celestron 50th Anniversary FirstScope Telescopes just by entering the contest with photos or other documentation of the student's astronomy science project poster board. Top student winners and their teachers will receive up to $300 in cash. Student winners will also receive either a Celestron 60 LCM Computerized Telescope or a Celestron AstroMaster 70AZ Telescope.
Projects will be judged based on aspects such as creativity, scientific thought, thoroughness, skill, and clarity. Completed entries should be emailed to Science Buddies at email@example.com by April 1, 2011 at 7PM Pacific Standard Time (PST). For more information on the Science Buddies—Lick Observatory Astronomy Contest, visit http://www.sciencebuddies.com/science-fair-projects/astronomy_contest.shtml.
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.
About UCO Lick
The University of California Observatories (UCO) is a Multi-Campus Research Unit of the University of California that operates on behalf of the astronomers at the 10 UC campuses. UCO's headquarters are at the University of California, Santa Cruz campus, with extensive technical facilities, a business office, telescope, and support facilities at the Lick Observatory on Mt. Hamilton. Dr. Aaron Romanowsky, member of the SAGES and Planetary Nebula Spectrograph collaborations, conducts research on structure and dynamics of galaxies and other astrophysical systems at UCO Lick.
About Celestron, LLC.
Celestron, is a leading designer, manufacturer and importer of high-quality optical products including computerized and non-computerized telescopes and related accessories, binoculars, spotting scopes and microscopes. Since manufacturing its first telescope in 1960, Celestron has grown to become one of the world's leading telescope makers and enjoys brand-name recognition among serious amateur astronomers for superior optics, outstanding design, and innovative technology. Celestron's innovative products continue to receive numerous industry and consumer media accolades, adding to an already impressive list that includes awards for product innovation from Reader's Digest, Popular Science, PC Magazine, Popular Mechanics, the Consumer Electronics Association and more. Celestron sells and markets its products worldwide through a variety of specialty retail outlets and international distributors. Celestron is a privately held company with corporate offices and manufacturing facilities, in Torrance, CA.
Science Buddies and the Motorola Foundation Collaborate to Empower Youth to Succeed in Science
CARMEL, CA (July 30, 2010) School may be out for summer, but that doesn't mean scientific inquiry has to go on vacation until fall. Science Buddies is pleased to announce it has received $151,000 as part of the Innovation Generation grant program from the Motorola Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Inc. Through the grant, Science Buddies will launch a "Summer Science" resource on our website, www.sciencebuddies.org, which will educate students, parents and teachers about summer science camps.
Since 2005, the Motorola Foundation's signature Innovation Generation program seeks to boost American students' engagement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through funding, employee volunteers and intra-grantee collaboration. Building on President Barack Obama's "Educate to Innovate" campaign and federal initiatives like the Race to the Top Fund, the program provides $7.5 million to K-12 programs across the U.S., including Science Buddies, to support hands-on, innovative after-school programs, science and math clubs, teacher training and mentoring programs.
"Science Buddies is honored that Motorola has selected us for this grant," said Ken Hess, CEO of Science Buddies. "We are excited about the opportunity to add the 'Summer Science' resource to our website and to encourage students to engage in hands-on science projects even when school is out."
The "Summer Science" resource will illustrate the value of summer science camps, dispense information about selecting a camp, provide links to summer camp directories, and feature profiles of science camps throughout the U.S. as well as students who have achieved success while attending a science camp. We will also conduct a public service campaign across our website to promote the value of summer science learning opportunities.
"Engaging youth in STEM fields will be crucial to driving future innovation and keeping America competitive in a global economy," said Eileen Sweeney, director of the Motorola Foundation. "With the help of these grants, Science Buddies and Motorola can work together to ensure we are adequately building a diverse pipeline of critical thinkers and addressing the most pressing needs around education."
Innovation Generation is a part of Motorola's larger commitment to engaging youth in STEM education. More than just funding, Science Buddies will receive ongoing support from a Motorola employee through the company's "Innovators" employee volunteer program, which utilizes the expertise of Motorola's workforce to inspire the next generation of inventors. Science Buddies also now is part of the Innovation Generation network, where it can create vital connections with hundreds of other organizations with the common vision to make a greater impact on STEM education.
Since 2007, more than $20.5 million has been awarded to STEM programs nationwide through Innovation Generation funding. For more information on the grant program, please visit www.motorola.com/giving.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.About the Motorola Foundation
The Motorola Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola. With employees located around the globe, Motorola seeks to benefit the communities where it operates. The company achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships, fostering innovation and engaging stakeholders. Motorola Foundation focuses its funding on education, especially science, technology, engineering and math programming. For more information, on Motorola Corporate and Foundation giving, visit www.motorola.com/giving.
Science Buddies Receives $25,000 Grant from the Monsanto Fund
CARMEL, CA (June 18, 2010) Science Buddies announced today that it has received a $25,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund, a private foundation and the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company. The grant will help Science Buddies develop content related to food science and agriculture, engaging students' interest in food while encouraging them to get involved in hands-on science experiments. Monsanto's donation will also support a regional outreach campaign to build awareness of Science Buddies' resources among teachers and students in Monsanto communities.
"We are grateful for Monsanto's support and excited to work with them," said Ken Hess, Science Buddies founder and president. "Topics like sustainable agriculture, plant genetics, and food production present real-world challenges that need creative solutions. We look forward to encouraging interest in these issues in the next generation of scientists."
Research shows that the best way to develop science literacy is through hands-on research projects. Our food and plant science projects are among the most popular on our website. These projects are fun and a great way to teach important concepts related to chemistry, biology, genetics, and other fields of science. Science Buddies also offers hundreds of other scientist-authored Project Ideas in numerous fields of science, as well as a wealth of resources for parents and teachers who are interested in implementing inquiry-based learning at school and at home.
"Science Buddies helps teachers improve their pedagogical skills and foster curiosity in students, a winning combination for growing interest in the sciences," said Deborah Patterson, president of Monsanto Fund.
Over the next year, Science Buddies will develop and update resources related to food science, plant biology, and agriculture.
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 three main areas: nutritional well-being through agriculture; science education, primarily on professional development for teachers; 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 nonprofit science fair "how-to" resource for K-12 students, teachers, and parents. With scientist-authored educational content covering 30 fields of science, Science Buddies supports serious scientific inquiry by providing tools for project selection, step-by-step instruction for conducting experiments, and guidance from professional scientists and engineers. Science Buddies helps students learn more, save time, and get inspired.
Science Buddies Formalizes Name Change
CARMEL, CA (April 22, 2010) Science Buddies' parent organization, the Kenneth Lafferty Hess Family Charitable Foundation, has formally changed its name to "Science Buddies" to better reflect the organization's business and status as a public charity. Science Buddies began in 2001 as an extension of the Kenneth Lafferty Hess Family Charitable Foundation, a 501c3 private foundation, founded in 1994. Soon after its inception, Science Buddies became the sole operating program for the foundation, and in 2007 the organization changed its status to a 501c3 public charity. This month's official name change completes the process of establishing Science Buddies as the legal name of the organization.
The change does not impact Science Buddies' K-12 science education offerings and resources. The change will, however, help reduce confusion for donors, friends, and volunteers who will now see the Science Buddies name on all official receipts and documents. Similarly, the change will simplify legal contracts and grant applications.
Legal assistance was generously provided by the Menlo Park law offices of Shearman & Sterling LLP. In the coming months, Science Buddies will begin making the name change on all official documents, on the website, and in charity databases, such as Guidestar.
About Science Buddies
About Science Buddies: Science Buddies is a 501c3 public charity based in Carmel, California. The award-winning Science Buddies website empowers K-12 students, parents, and teachers to quickly and easily find free project ideas and help in all areas of science, from physics and food science to music and microbiology. Whether your goal is to find a fun science activity for your kids or win the international science fair, sciencebuddies.org puts comprehensive, scientist-authored tools, tips, and techniques at your fingertips. Science Buddies will serve a diverse audience of more than 10 million K-12 students and teachers in 2010. Major funding for the Science Buddies website is provided by presenting sponsor Seagate Technology, as well as Abbott Fund, Symantec Foundation, and Noyce Foundation. In 2010, additional funding is provided by Chevron Corporation and by the foundations of AMD, Medtronic, Northrop Grumman, and other donors. For more information, see www.sciencebuddies.org.
Courtney Corda, Science Buddies