I also wrote a news report about the KSC after interviewing Mr. Metzner, the creator of the KSC, and several friends in my school about their love of science and experience with the KSC. My teacher, Mrs. Taylor, told me that she will put this news report in our school newspaper, Warnsdofer Gazette. I am looking forward to seeing it.
Did you ever do experiments like Thomas Edison did? Did you ever wish you could work with scientists to make your project become a reality? If you do, then the Kids Science Challenge (KSC) is perfect for you. The KSC is sponsored by the national science foundation is a free national wide competition for third to six graders. This year, more than 1,400 kids submitted their entries in the three categories — Zero Waste, Animal Smarts, and Meals on Mars. The grand prize winners in Meals on Mars, Isabella St. Onge and Carlisle Patete, proposed to use centrifugal force to create gravity, solar panels to provide light, and a large supply of water and soil to produce food on Mars. The grand winner in another category, Animal Smarts, Mason Ganoung, designed a bird feeder that only two birds working together can open. Joshua Yi, the grand prize winner in Zero Waste, designed a package that can be transformed into a part of the toy inside. Each of them got a chance to work with scientists to make their project a reality
At Mrs. Mazza’s class at Warnsdorfer Elementary school in East Brunswick NJ, everybody loves science and working on a KSC project was very fun. Mrs. Mazza says KSC is great because it makes kids think more about science and start to like science. Benjamin Hong, a finalist in Zero Waste in Mrs. Mazza’s class says “the KSC is cool because you can design and make new things.” Prathit Sanjay, another finalist in Meals on Mars says, “The KSC is awesome because of it’s prizes [a chance to work with scientists].” His idea is shared by Fiona Liu, who worked in the category of animal smarts. The whole class received science kits and celebrated for one grand prize winner and two finalists.
Mr. Jim Metzner, the creator of the KSC says, “Science is real magic!” His tips for a winning project are the project has to be “original” [your own idea, but your friends’ or your parents’], but “simple” [it should be doable]. So get ready and be a mad scientist as we always do! Check out the next year’s KSC contest at http://www.kidsciencechallenge.com/