Film makers ages 13 to 18 are invited to submit an original video to the Breakthrough Prize Foundation’s fourth annual Breakthrough Junior Challenge, a global science and mathematics competition that challenges students to create videos that illustrate a concept or theory in the life sciences, physics or mathematics.
The entries must be three minutes or shorter and will be judged by how well the chosen concept or theory is communicated.
First prize is a $250,000 college scholarship. The science teacher who inspired the winning student will receive $50,000, and the winner’s school will receive a state-of-the-art science lab.
The Breakthrough Prize Foundation – which honors advancements made in fundamental physics, life sciences and mathematics – will accept entries until July 1st.
For Information and to register, visit: https://breakthroughjuniorchallenge.org
The ACS Project SEED summer research program opens new doors for economically disadvantaged students to experience what it’s like to be a chemist. Students entering their junior or senior year in high school are given a rare opportunity to work alongside scientist-mentors on research projects in industrial, academic, and federal laboratories, discovering new career paths as they approach critical turning points in their lives.
Learn more about Project SEED.
Since its inception in 1968, Project SEED has supported nearly 11,000 economically disadvantaged high school students mentored by over 1,000 volunteers. Over the fifty years, participants have indicated that Project SEED helped them to continue their education after high school while developing new skills and abilities, improving their self-confidence, and helping them to decide to become a scientist, engineer, or mathematician.
To a festive crowd of parents, students, teachers and invited guests, the winners of the 8th annual Thomas Edison Invention Challenge were announced and celebrated at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park [“Edison Park”]. The contest celebrated inventors from across the country.
Twenty-eight (28) teams across 6 states competed to make it to Edison Park for a top honors, run-off pitch contest. Six (6) finalist teams, three in the middle school and three in the high school categories went head to head. Teams “pitched” their invention, in person, before a 3 judge panel.
Here is a summary of the NJ award recipients in both the middle school and high school award categories.
Elementary/ Middle School Category
2nd Place: Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy, Livingston, NJ
CREATIVE CAPS - “Wind Powered Water Well & Water Filtration”
This team created a wind-powered well that takes the water and filters it so it lessens the amount of manual labor required to get water in third world countries.
Team Members: Miriam Bash, Jack Helprin, Hannah Koppel, Nathaniel Savitz
High School Category
1st Place: Seton Hall Prep, West Orange, NJ
SHPREME - “Bicycle Mounted Charging System”
This team’s invention looks to solve the issue of bike riders’ phones running out of battery by using man-powered energy generated by the rotations of the rear tire.
Team Members: Aidan Gaul, Ross Johnson, Timothy Metcalf, Brian Mueller
2nd Place : Lacey Township High School, Lanoka Harbor, NJ
ALVOLT - “Mechanical Heart Valve”
This team’s invention is an electrically motorized valve replacement with an ultrasonic sensor to regulate the aortic valve’s leaflets to coincide with the blood flow of the systole and diastole phases.
Team Members: Hailey Carskaddan, Samantha Kievit, Kali Pullin, Seda Turkoglu
3rd Place: Chatham High School, Chatham, NJ
Chatham Cougars—“Inflatable Lower Leg Field Splint”
This team’s invention, the Inflataboot, is an inflatable leg brace to be used in emergency situations ranging from a sprain to a broken ankle.
Team Members: Kasper Bardecki, Thomas Giordano, Julia Lin, Kaitlin Pinaire
To see the rest of the winners or to learn more about the contest, visit:
Climate change is a major threat to our planet. Educators and their students are invited to collaborate with Rutgers University scientists to explore climate change data and how it can be used to make environmental decisions. Students will present their ideas at the Climate Change Summit 2019 at Rutgers University. This opportunity is for Grades 8-12, and there are only 15 spots available in the program. Please see the flyer for more information and if interested, please apply by June 1 at: https://tinyurl.com/ydaqd3t5
If you have any questions about these opportunities, please contact Christine Bean firstname.lastname@example.org
Climate change is a major threat to our planet. Educators and their students are invited to collaborate with Rutgers University scientists to explore climate change data and how it can be used to make environmental decisions. Students will present their ideas at the Climate Change Summit 2019 at Rutgers University. This opportunity is for Grades 8-12, and there are only 15 spots available in the program.
Please download the flyer for more information and if interested, please apply by June 1 at: https://tinyurl.com/ydaqd3t5
If you have any questions about this opportunities, please contact Christine Bean email@example.com
NASA's Parker Solar Probe will swoop to within 4 million miles of the sun's surface, facing heat and radiation like no spacecraft before it. Launching in 2018, Parker Solar Probe will provide new data on solar activity and make critical contributions to our ability to forecast major space-weather events that impact life on Earth.
Launch Window: July 31 - August 19, 2018
You are invited to submit your name for it to be included in a memory card that will fly aboard the Parker Solar Probe spacecraft. You will be able to download a personalized certificate.
Submissions will be accepted through April 27, 2018.
Send your name to the Sun:
Learn more about the Parker Solar Probe:
The Mars Student Imaging Project (MSIP) is a nationally recognized award winning authentic inquiry-based learning and student-centered education project. Students learn how science works by engaging in science research using data from a NASA spacecraft orbiting Mars. Students understand how science really works by actually being a scientist.
The Mars Student Imaging Project (MSIP) is an immersive and transformational way for students in grades 5 through early college to engage in scientific process and practices through authentic research experiences. MSIP enhances the teaching of traditional courses, such as physical science, Earth science, chemistry, and biology. MSIP also incorporates 21st Century Skills to help students be ready for the STEM workforce.
MSIP can be done through distance learning or as an independent research project. There is no fee to participate in the Mars Student Imaging Project.
Calling all curious minds and problem solvers! The Young Scientist Challenge is now open for entries. Students in grades 5-8 are invited to submit a 1-2 minute video describing a unique solution to an everyday problem for the chance to win $25,000 and an exclusive 3M Mentorship. Ten finalists will be chosen for their passion for science, spirit of innovation and ingenuity, and effective communication skills.
Thousands of students nationwide have participated in the competition and winners have gone on to do some amazing things; including speak in front of Congress, work with the nation's top scientists, and pursue academic careers in the sciences.
Applications are due on April 19th!
For this event, high school students are asked to imagine that they are living 25 years in the future and have been invited to write an article for ChemMatters, a magazine for high school students that focuses on the role of chemistry in everyday life. The subject of the article is: “Describe a recent breakthrough or innovation in chemistry (and/or its applications) that has improved the quality of people’s lives today.” To view a sample ChemMatters magazine visit: http://tinyurl.com/ybk9gl73.
In addition to the article, students are asked to design a cover for the magazine. The article must be written as if the student is living in the year 2043, looking back at innovations that have occurred since 2018. The innovation must fall into one of the following categories:
A few examples of areas where development is expected are: nanotechnology, energy efficiency, pollution prevention, green chemistry, sustainability, intelligent devices for sensing, proteomics, climate models, biopharmaceutical therapies, medical devices and/or implants and new energy sources.
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Welcome to the Panama Rainforest Connection 2018!
In February, we will again present our live Rainforest Connection videoconferences from Panama. Involve your students in live conversations with rainforest researchers on Barro Colorado Island to discuss research methods, ecology, adaptations, technology, flora and fauna, animal behavior, and other NGSS-aligned topics. Sessions can be scheduled for Feb. 16, 20-23, 26-28 or Mar. 1 and 2. Reserve an interactive videoconference soon, since timeslots are limited. Private, single-class sessions, from grades K-12 are recommended (no assembly programs). The cost is a fee of $150 for each 40-minute session, payable after the session.
Follow this link to reveal a world of information about our sessions!!!!!
Clicking on "Panama Topics," will get you to a list of topics which may be available, depending on the researchers who will be on the island on your date. Let us know by email your first 3 choices of topics and dates/times, so that we can plan with you.
Please reply to my email address: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me at 973-655-7753 should you have any questions or concerns about our program.
See you in the Rainforest,
The 2018 Spellman High Voltage Electronics