May 4th, 2012
Congratulations to Joshua Yi for winning the Grand Prize for his entry in the Kids’ Science Challenge Animal Smarts category. Here’s his entry:
“No More Trash but a Package of Fun.
Every Christmas my sister and I receive lots of presents, but we throw away most of the packages that are not necessarily good to the environment. When I found out about the Kids Science Challenge, I decided to pick Zero Waste because I wanted toy packages to be a fun part of the toy and will not be instantly disposed to the environment.
After I saw all the videos and pictures on the Science Challenge Website and discussed with my friends, I came up with two ideas. But the first one did not work well. The second idea called “no more trash, but a package of fun” converts the toy package into a fun, integrated, part of the toy, It not only protects the environment by saving packages, but also adds a lot of fun to children.
I hope this Christmas my sister and I will receive toys with packages using my idea.”
See where Joshua traveled, in order to work with scientists to carry out his experiment!
View all of this year’s winners and finalists.
May 4th, 2012
Congratulations to Mason Ganoung for winning the Grand Prize for his entry in the Kids’ Science Challenge Animal Smarts category. Here’s his entry:
“A bird feeder that requires 2 birds to work as a team to access food.
I reviewed the KSC website. Then, I thought of animals working together. Next, I thought about raccoons and skunks, but they don’t hang together.”
See where Mason traveled, in order to work with scientists to carry out his experiment!
View all of this year’s winners and finalists.
May 2nd, 2012
One of elements that makes the Kids’ Science Challenge so unique is the grand-prize! The winning student(s) in each topic wins the opportunity to travel to work side-by-side one of the KSC scientists. Together the student and scientist work to bring the winning idea to life. This year is no exception. Joshua Yi will be heading to NYC where he is going to build his winning idea for Zero Waste. His day will begin at Caraustar where he will use computer technology to design the package specifics and see the machinery cut it out, and his day will end at Design and Source working with Laura Tufariello on the design specifics. And he gets free time to explore New York City and visit some cool places – like the Intrepid! Carlisle Patete and Isabella St.Onge will be traveling to Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX to work with Michele Perchonok and Vickie Kloeris who create meals for astronauts. There they will have the chance to discuss their entry and simulate their idea (their idea coming to life would mean a trip to Mars, too bad that cannot be done!). And see some very cool places at NASA like Mission Control! Mason Ganoung will be heading to Portland, Oregon where he will work with Dr. David Shepherdson at the Portland Zoo to see test his idea about birds working together. And he gets the chance to visit Mt Saint Helens!! The students will be writing about their trips and posting on this blog. Check back in the coming weeks to hear more and see photos of their experience. If you want to know more about their winning idea click here.
March 27th, 2012
Pamela Parks of Oglethorpe County Elementary in Lexington, Georgia. and Mark Judkins of Skillin Elementary School in South Portland, Maine have the remaining two gardens from Naturalyards. Pam won for submitting over 90 entries and Mark was the name chosen at random from the teachers who submitted more than 5 entries. Naturalyards will be working with these teachers on everything from building to planting their garden. The students will get to help with planting and assembly, and tending to the garden for years to come. We can’t wait to see pictures of these gardens in the coming months!!
February 29th, 2012
The 2011-12 Kids’ Science Challenge is now closed for entries. The judges are eagerly reading all entries and the winners will be announced, on the KSC website, on May 2, 2012. The winners will then set-off to work with a KSC scientist to see their entry idea become a reality, and blog about their experience right here!Missed the deadline? Don’t worry there is always next year if you still in grades 3-6. Follow us on Facebook to get up to the minute updates or sign up for the KSC mailing list. Just because the contest is closed does not mean you should stop visiting the KSC site. You can continue to enjoy all the games and activities all year round. Stay tuned because you never know when we will introduce something new!
January 31st, 2012
Dave Clark, a 6th grade teacher at Wilbur Middle School, in Wichita, KS encouraged his students to enter the 4th annual Kids’ Science Challenge. He submitted 116 entries by the January 15th deadline. Making Mr. Clark the winner of the first of 3 gardens for his school. Wilbur Middle School will receive a $3,500 gift certificate to use towards a Naturalyards school garden kit. From planning to planting, Naturalyards will assist the winning schools in building the school gardens of their dreams. One exciting aspect of the Naturalyards gardens is that even younger students can help with the assembly.
Two additional teachers will win a prize from Naturalyards at a later date. So collect your entries and get them in the mail by the February 29, 2012 deadline!!
December 8th, 2011
The Kids’ Science Challenge continues to bring creative thinking to kids nationwide. Check out these imaginative kids in Virginia Beach, VA. Their teacher, Pam Northam, modified the Crow Creativity Activity by using materials found in their science lab such as the Erlenmeyer flask instead of a clear tube, and attached candy to a loop of tape instead of a basket (since the neck was too small). Students were given the opportunity to chose everyday objects to use, and no instruction other than to get the candy out without lifting the flask. You can see from the photos what a great time they had with this activity. They also watched the video clip research with the actual crows, and we did some comparative anatomy with human and bird brains. What are you doing with your students to learn more about the KSC topics?
September 1st, 2011
Kids' Science Challenge
The new Kids Science Challenge is coming up fast. After the great ideas we got last year, I can’t wait to see what the kids will come up with this year. The competition will open for entries on October 1, and all entries must be received by February 29, 2012. Check back regularly many new videos, lesson plans and hands-on activities coming to the KSC site throughout September.
July 8th, 2011
Pic 1: Sona getting ready to do an experiment in Derek Lovley’s lab at UMass, Amherst; Pic 2: Sona and mud battery; Pic 3: Sona and Ashley Franks in the lab; Pic 4: Guided by Graduate Student Jessica Smith, Sona performs an experiment in the lab; Pic 5: Sona visits animal lab at UMass.
July 8th, 2011
Pic 1: Peyton playing golf; Pic 2: Peyton and Daniel Savin (Assistant Professor of Polymer Science & Engineering) in his lab at the School of Polymers & High Performance Materials; Pic 3: Peyton and Olivia McNair (AGEP Scholar – Chemistry, PHD Candidate – Sports and High Performance Materials);
Pic 4: Peyton in Daniel Savin’s lab; Pic 5: Peyton in Daniel Savin’s lab; Pic 6: Peyton and Daniel Savin (Assistant Professor of Polymer Science & Engineering) in his lab at the School of Polymers & High Performance Materials; Pic 7: Peyton and Daniel Savin (Assistant Professor of Polymer Science & Engineering) in his lab at the School of Polymers & High Performance Materials.