Friday, May 20, 2011

Young Scientist Challenge


Hat tip to The Urban Scientist for telling us about the Young Scientist Challenge. It seems that Discovery Education and 3M sponsor a national science competition for students in grades 5 through 8. The Young Scientist Challenge is designed to encourage the exploration of science among America’s youth and to promote the importance of science communication.

In 1999, Discovery Communications launched the competition to nurture the next generation of American scientists at a critical age when interest in science begins to decline. Over the past nine years, more than 540,000 middle school students have been nominated to participate in the competition, and winners have gone on to speak in front of members of Congress, work with the nation’s top scientists, and pursue academic careers in the sciences.

Perhaps it is time for BDPA to expand our SITES program down to the middle school by participating in a program like this one. What say u?

6 comments:

Nairobian Perspective said...

wouldnt mind exchanging links and creating a buzz for your website this sides

The Urban Scientist said...

it's not a bad idea. middle schood age is a good time to "catch them" and get them interested in STEM. another advantage - middle schoolers don't work or have after-school jobs - so less time competition.

Villager said...

Nairobian Perspective - We would be honored to exchange links with you. What URL should we use for your blog?

Urban Scientist - Excellent point. Hopefully, we will have some BDPA leaders or chapters taking a long, hard look at this annual scientific program...

Nairobian Perspective said...

Hi Villager thanks for the response
my url address is http://www.siku-moja.blogspot.com,
the blog is entitled"A Nairobian Perspective"

Nairobian Perspective said...

Hi i have added you to my linkroll please return the favor as soon as you can!thanks

Villager said...

Narobian Perspective - Your blog is now included on our blogroll. Thank you for the recipricol link...