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June 6th, 2009

Morning TV

Lindsay Carnes, Skateboard Project Winner

My whole family got up and we did a segment or the News LIVE!!! Yikes. It was fun and I got to talk about everything but it was weird too because she didn’t talk to me before so I didn’t know what to think.


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June 6th, 2009

Home but not to rest

Lindsay Carnes, Skateboard Project Winner

We got home from CA at about 1 in the morning. We had so much fun I learned so much. I have to be on the local news in two days at 5:45 am. That is early.


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June 6th, 2009

Day 2 California

Lindsay Carnes, Skateboard Project Winner

Well it took me a while to write this (sorry)

 Day 2: We went back to Professor Schmitt’s House to work on some more experiments. One of them was the surfboard that you can skate to the beach. We couldn’t finish that because Jenna Wolfe showed up to see what we were doing and she filmed a spot for the Today Show. Can you believe that? Anyway they did some interviews. Then after lunch some professional skateboarders came by to play in the Professors skateboard park (Bucky, Kurtis, and Darrell). They are really very nice and they are amazing to watch. Thanks to Micheal Bream I can do 3 or 4 tricks on my board. Micheal made me a special Gravity board for light riders. It is so cool. My friends went crazy for it when I got home. But back to the pros and Jenna Wolfe…They all skated for us and Jenna even gave it a try. She was really very good too. Micheal chased Professor Schmitt around the bowl with the camera, on skateboards. They are so much fun. So look for the Kids Science Challenge on the Today Show in a couple of weeks. Thanks for swimming with me Cole and I hope you had a great 10th Birthday…… Lindsay


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May 27th, 2009

California

Lindsay Carnes, Skateboard Project Winner

I worked so hard today. We made I think 5 different boards. The Dyson worked OK but it was very heavy, 16 pounds. That’s a little more than 2 times what a normal skateboard weighs.

When we were done for the day I got to go swimming in Professor Schmitt’s crazy cool pool. He has a rope swing, a water slide, and Hot tub ( that was really hot) ,and 2 water falls. Paul has a son that is about my age and we got to play together. He was super nice. If you are reading this, Hi Cole! I really liked meeting you.I wish we had had more time to work on the Dyson board more and get it right but the pool was calling and we were short on resources.


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May 27th, 2009

Day 1 California

Lindsay Carnes, Skateboard Project Winner

We traveled today it was long. I loved hanging out with my Mom but we were so tired. We went out for the best sushi I ever had and back to the hotel for a movie and to bed….Big day tomorrow, I get to work with the scientists.


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May 25th, 2009

More Literature Search, and an Interesting Reply

Claire Dworsky, Water Quality Project Winner

Every couple of days I sit with my mom at the computer and we try to think of different words to search to find as many studies and articles as possible on artificial turf and grass fields. We have found a lot!
But it’s interesting to me that no one has studied this question the way I am, maybe because I am a soccer player. The way I see and use a field is different from the way a lot of grown ups think about fields.

Today I found an article in a U.S. Army newspaper about an artificial turf field in Korea on an American Army base that was closed because it had too much lead, a heavy metal that is dangerous for children and grown ups. I am trying to reach the people at the military base to see if they can tell me more about their field and why it was closed.

I found another expert in Connecticut who has tested some synthetic turf fields and testified in front of a city commission there. He wrote to me that he is going to send me his description of how he designed his study. I thought it was interesting that he captured the runoff water he tested from drain pipes that carry the water off the field. That would be easy! When I take a water sample, I go onto the field, in parts of the field where I have played, and I use a big syringe from Dr. Adina’s lab to suck water up out of the artificial turf before it filters through the many layers it goes through on the way to the drain pipes. This researcher wrote to me that the picture on my Kid Science Challenge blog that showed me with a vial of turf water was too turbid, or murky and full of stuff. He said that showed that the field wasn’t draining properly.

This is what I mean about the way I use a field is different from what adults think and expect. I am taking the same water that splashes on me when I play, or soaks into my socks and cleats, not some water that has filtered through layers of mats and sand and things. I think this is why it’s good to have kids do research, because I see things differently from a grown-up researcher sometimes, I see it as a soccer player who plays on these fields every day.


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May 25th, 2009

Plant Study of Turf and Grass Water

Claire Dworsky, Water Quality Project Winner

As part of my study of runoff water from both synthetic turf and grass soccer fields I began a plant study about 10 weeks ago. First I soaked peat growing medium in water I took from an artificial turf soccer field. I soaked two other peat tubes in water from a grass soccer field, and the third in tap water. Then I planted carrot seeds in each.

The seeds germinated and grew stems, and when the secondary leaves came out I took a few seedling and potted them into small peat pots with potting soil. I water each plant every day with the water from its type of field, or tap water. Today I saw that the roots were coming through the bottom of some of the peat pots, so I repotted them into bigger clay pots. My mom bought a grow light for them, so the seedlings can get enough light to grow into plants that make carrots.

Once the plants are full-grown I want to take them to Dr. Adina’s lab so she can help me to examine them and see how they may have grown differently because of the water used to grow them. The grass-water plant isn’t growing as well as the tap water plant or the turf water plants right now, so I’m asking him to try harder!


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May 19th, 2009

My Plant Experiment – the carrots are growing!

Claire Dworsky, Water Quality Project Winner

Carrot grown in turf water under grow lamp

Carrot grown in turf water under grow lamp

I planted carrot seeds in peet that I soaked in turf field water or grass field water. They’ve been growing for about 8 weeks. I water them every day with water from turf or grass. I also have one that I’ve just watered with tap water. My mom got a grow light for them, and today I saw their roots are growing through the bottoms of their cups. I put them in bigger pots. I hope Dr. Adina can help me see if the plants end up any different because of the water.

Carrot growing through the bottom of its cup

Carrot growing through the bottom of its cup

Repotted (Turf Water) Carrot Plant

Repotted turf water plant


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May 19th, 2009

What a Weekend!

Claire Dworsky, Water Quality Project Winner

Kamau and Claire interviewed for Weekend Edition on NPR

Kamau and Claire interviewed for Weekend Edition on NPR

This weekend I met Kamau Hamilton, another Kids’ Science Challenge winner. We went to SETI and learned about where intelligent life might exist on other planets. Kamau and I went into the sound booth and recorded “Weekend Edition” with Mr. Scott Simon from National Public Radio. Then I went to the science faire held at SETI and built a trebuchet (catapult), dissected owl pellets, and built a car. On Sunday we met at my house and went on a special guided tour of the California Academy of Sciences with SETI’s Jill Tarter. The planetarium was awesome, but it made me dizzy. I had to leave early as my soccer team was playing, so we drove an hour north of San Francisco for my games. I was glad that I scored a goal and made a few assists.

Click Here to See Claire’s Soccer Field Runoff PowerPoint

SETI's Jill Tarter hosted us at the California Academy of Sciences

SETI's Jill Tarter hosted us at the California Academy of Sciences


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May 16th, 2009

Kamau at SETI

Kamau Hamilton, SETI Project Winner

I’ve been at SETI for the last two days doing interviews, filming, and recording.  I met Claire Dworsky.  I met Doug Vakoch, and Frank Drake, I also met Seth Shostak, Jill Tarter.

Kamau meets aliens at SETI

Kamau meets aliens at SETI

HEY!  Go to EarthSpeaks.SETI.org and send in your sounds, pictures or messages.  Tell friends, family, teachers and everyone else you know.

Maybe one day we’ll send your sounds and messages into space.

Kamau

My Interview with Jill Tarter, head of SETI

My Interview with Jill Tarter, head of SETI

Me at NASA Ames Exploration Center

Me at NASA Ames Exploration Center