The Discovery Young Scientist Challenge is back, and they're looking for a few good students and teachers. The premier national science competition for students in grades 5 through 8 (and their teachers) is accepting entries through June 15, so if you are (or know) a student interested in science, create a short (1-2 min.) video about one of this year's scientific topics -- The Science of Space is the theme -- and you could win a trip to Washington, DC to compete in the finals later this year.
Here's how it works: create a video that demonstrates the student's understanding of the scientific concepts explained and his or her comfort level discussing science in general. Between June 15 and early September, judges from Faraday Studios will review the submissions and choose 51 semifinalists: one from each state and the District of Columbia. Students will be judged on the scientific merit of their video and, just as importantly, on their ability to communicate science. Keep reading to learn how entering the challenge might get you an appearance on Discovery Channel's Mythbusters TV show.Details on the Young Scientist Challenge
In late fall, 10 finalists will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC, for the competition finals, consisting of a series of individual and team challenges, some of which take place in front of a live audience. At the end of the competition, American's Top Young Scientist will be awarded a $50,000 savings bond. Last year's winner, Erik Gustafson, is pictured above, with two of the runners up (and they're all really winners, aren't they?). And, as if you needed more motivation, check this out: last year's finalists will be featured on the Discovery Channel's "Mythbusters" show this weekend, as the group travels to San Francisco to bust some green science myths. The site says it airs Sunday, April 27, but your best bet is to check local listings to be sure you don't miss it.
The competition is designed to encourage the exploration of science among America’s youth and to promote the importance of science communication. Over the past nine years, more than 540,000 middle school students have been nominated to participate in the competition, and winners have gone on to speak in front of members of Congress, work with the nation’s top scientists, and pursue academic careers in the sciences.
Looking for a few good science teachers, too
This year, for the first time, the challenge has been extended to teachers as well -- we're looking at you, Mr. Luna. Science teachers who are members of the Discovery Educator Network (DEN) are invited to enter by submitting a short video. Check the rules and regulations for more details.
After vetting the entries, in late summer 2008, judges will select the five teachers who will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC, for the competition finals. Teacher finalists will compete in a series of individual and team challenges in front of a live audience. At the end of the competition, judges will award the top teacher a special prize, and the title of "DEN's Science Teacher of the Year." You know you want it.
Learn more at ::Discovery Young Scientist Challenge
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