• “Science Fair Season”

    Date: 12.06.11 | by Judge Tom.

    Science Fair Season: Twelve Kids, A Robot Named Scorch and What It Takes to Win by Judy Dutton (Hyperion 2011)

    Don’t let the title fool you. Judy Dutton’s written documentary of a dozen high school teenagers caught up in an international competition is much more than engineering and science. It’s a story of passion, determination, disappointment and dreams.

    The author introduces us to the childhood of each student she follows in the 2009 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Their interests, family support and path to state and regional fairs is described. Their parents recognized early that their son or daughter had more than a passing interest in such things as horses, honeybees or cockroaches. Some developed an intense thirst for knowledge about nuclear energy and solar power. In one case, a young teen turned her own diagnosis of leprosy into an opportunity to educate others about the disease. Another teen created a glove allowing a hearing-impaired person to commmunicate with others by signing letters that would appear on a screen in text. As one professor noted, “High schoolers are now solving problems that have puzzled scientists for years.”*

    The 2009 ISEF was held in Reno, Nevada. Approximately 1500 high school students from 50 countries met for a weekend of excitement, nerves and fun. They competed for a total of $4 million in prizes and scholarships. After reading “Science Fair Season” you’ll have a new appreciation of fellow students who may not participate in the usual high school activities but have a rich social and intellectual life. After all, competition makes for a better product, service and person.

    *Larry Bellipanni, professor of biological sciences at the University of Southern Mississippi.

    Judge Tom

    This post was written by Judge Tom. Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

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    • Askthejudge.info
      Tue, 06 Dec 2011 at 11:33

      @judy_dutton We loved your book! Check out our review here: http://t.co/GRRlYiUd

    • Askthejudge.info
      Wed, 07 Dec 2011 at 12:38

      New blog post: "Science Fair Season" – Science Fair Season: Twelve Kids, A Robot Named Scorch and What It Takes to W… http://t.co/Paay3J6A

    • Marjie Knudsen
      Fri, 16 Dec 2011 at 04:48

      High schoolers are now solving problems that have puzzled scientists for years – http://t.co/ElVFgI8V v @RosalindWiseman @DrLynneKenney

    • Jenna Ream
      Fri, 16 Dec 2011 at 04:49

      High schoolers are now solving problems that have puzzled scientists for years – http://t.co/ElVFgI8V v @RosalindWiseman @DrLynneKenney

    • TheFamilyCoach
      Fri, 16 Dec 2011 at 05:04

      High schoolers are now solving problems that have puzzled scientists for years – http://t.co/ElVFgI8V v @RosalindWiseman @DrLynneKenney

    • Askthejudge.info
      Fri, 16 Dec 2011 at 08:28

      High schoolers are now solving problems that have puzzled scientists for years – http://t.co/ElVFgI8V v @RosalindWiseman @DrLynneKenney

    • Dr. Michele Borba
      Sat, 17 Dec 2011 at 08:02

      High schoolers solving problems that have puzzled scientists for yrs http://t.co/l1AVb7LQ v @RosalindWiseman @DrLynneKenney
      @MarjieKnudsen

    • TheFamilyCoach
      Sat, 17 Dec 2011 at 08:10

      RT @micheleborba: High schoolers solving problems that have puzzled scientists for yrs http://t.co/SaTlBz1a v @RosalindWiseman

    • Matthew Haden
      Sat, 17 Dec 2011 at 08:47

      RT @micheleborba: High schoolers solving problems that have puzzled scientists for yrs http://t.co/SaTlBz1a v @RosalindWiseman

    • ISIS, Inc.
      Wed, 21 Dec 2011 at 08:05

      "High schoolers are now solving problems that have puzzled scientists for years" http://t.co/VU4uxrr8 RT @ask_the_judge #science #students

    • Tulsa Divorce Lawyers
      Sat, 24 Dec 2011 at 12:08

      During my school years, shooting rockets and exploding volcanoes almost always took first place at school science fairs. Of course these days, students have a lot more resources available to them because of the internet – naturally their science projects are far more advances than in generations past.

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