Just like last year, I can reveal to you several pictures of scientists of the now and of the future:
That’s Marie E. Nielson (left), in grade 8, talking about her mathematics project on experiments with perfect numbers. More here.
The California State Science fair took place again this year at the California Science Center, across the street from USC. I was a judge last year, which is such fun. Please consider getting involved in your local science fair; see my description here, and here is an extract:
The judges come from all sorts of backgrounds, academic and industrial, and this brings its characters, […]
By about 8:15am youâ€™ve forgotten the initial thoughts and feelings of dread and you realize that itâ€™s just a great thing to be doing! Why? There are hundreds and hundreds of kids wide-eyed with enthusiasm about Science!!! These are the ones whoâ€™ve done well in their regional fairs, and now theyâ€™ve come to the Big City. Theyâ€™re all over the place and you can feel their excitement and relish the taste of it because you remember what it was like to go to your first Big Thing and find that there are other kids just like you. You remember what it was like to go up to the Big Scary City for the first time. You remember what it was like to have Someone take an Interest in some Thing that youâ€™ve been devoting your life to for the last year. There are kids with those feelings written all over their faces all around you.
This year I was unable to do so due to a trip across the Atlantic concerning the birth of my sister’s son (details of the london trip here, here, here and here; Last link has a fun trip to Harrods and to the Science Museum). But my USC colleague Chris Gould -the chief organisational engine behind the fair- has prepared hundreds of photographs again, and you can go and have a look here, and see some of the project descriptions also.
Here is the marvellous display of the project of Victoria Hutchins (grade 6), from Monterey, about using planetary observations to determine that the planets orbit the sun and not the earth:
She built her telescope, and understood the role of the phases and apparent size of Venus in determining that the Copernican system is a better fit of the data than that of Ptolemy. This is of course one of the classic results of Galileo. More here.
Here’s a shot of several projects from Junior Zoology:
More details here.
Various photos grabbed from the site at random. Click for larger image:
Don’t forget. Check out your local calendar for science fairs. Pay them a visit to see the displays and talk to the kids. Encourage kids that you know to join in. Join in yourself by volunteering to organize or be a judge.
It’s worth it.