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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Science Fair Season and Great Science Moments/Teachers

It's science fair season! There are many, many science fairs to become involved in, some beginning in your school, then moving to regionals and state and even national levels. Most of these have begun, so if you haven't participated yet, you may not have a chance until next year.

An exception to this is the Google GLOBAL Science Fair! Depending on the science fair project you want to complete, you still have time! The deadline is April 4th. Not much time, but doable! This science fair is unique in that you run your experiment and create a presentation that you film and submit (two minute video), or you can create a twenty slide presentation. Check out the rules HERE

They have a pretty snazzy introductory video for the contest featuring a Rube Goldberg device: Take a look!

This video courtesy of Unruly Media.

What's in it for you? Of course, you will have an opportunity to showcase your science talent and interest, but there are also some incredible prizes! There will be 3 finalist winners, one in each age category 13-14, 15-16, 17-18. One of of the 3 finalist winners will be selected as the Grand Prize winner. LEARN MORE ABOUT PRIZES which include a National Geographic Expedition to the Galapagos Islands (I'm jealous already), a $50,000 scholarship (wow!) And that's not all! Luckily there is a web page set up for this...check it out!

Are you motivated yet? Be sure to visit their Google Science Fair video channel on youtube

If you want to enter, here is the video to show you how.

While I can't enter, maybe one year I will get to be a judge! We can all dream! It would be great fun. I promise I'll be keeping my eye out for the winning projects.

Have you ever had a great science (or math) moment in school with a teacher (or at home with a parent) that is so memorable that you want to share it with the world? I love to hear these kinds of stories! I have set up a place for you to do this at http://www.facebook.com/joannelovesscience 

How did this begin? It all started with some banter with Jeri Ellsworth (@jeriellsworth) on twitter before our appearance Dr. Kiki's Science Hour (see March 10 post) where I asked people to share their favorite stories!T The response was overwhelming and encouraging. So many people like science, even if just for a moment!

Here we are recorded from our 50 minute conversation. Jeri was an amazing substitute host, and I was quite smiley! We talked about science education and some of my background, which does NOT include being a SUPER model by any stretch! :)

 Or you can listen to the podcast here.

 If you join the science fair, or know someone who has, I'd love to hear about your project and experience!

I'm toying with the idea of "Theme weeks" where I will post something everyday of the week every one or two months on a topic of interest! I'm open to suggestions!  

Until next time,

Kindly,

Joanne 

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