Inc., has announced the names of 400 middle school students selected
as semifinalists in the 2004 Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge.
The nation's premier science contest for students in grades 5 - 8, the
Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge (DCYSC) encourages the discovery,
exploration and communication of science and celebrates the innovative
scientists of tomorrow. Students were chosen from the initial pool of
75,000 students who entered science fairs nationwide.
from the state of Colorado were named DCYSC semifinalists.
Kara Berg, grade
7, of Denver, CO, was selected by DCYSC judges as a semifinalist for
his project entitled Bacterial Contamination of Restroom Door Handles.
grade 8, of Grand Junction, CO, was selected by DCYSC judges as a
semifinalist for his project entitled First Electric R/C VTOL Airplane:
Will It Fly?
grade 8, of Denver, CO, was selected by DCYSC judges as a semifinalist
for her project entitled, Erosional Investigations.
competition continues the tradition we've established of making science
fun for middle school students while cultivating the next generation
of American scientists," said Kyle O'Connor, Vice President, Discovery
Communications. "What is clear from the quality of the entries
this year is that the future of science in the United States is bright.
The breadth of knowledge and curiosity demonstrated by the 400 semifinalists
About the Semifinalists
The 400 semifinalists come from 41 states and Puerto Rico and were
selected from a pool of 1,795 formal entries. In total, 75,000 students
who entered science fairs nationwide were eligible to compete. The top
five states represented by the 400 are Florida (172), Missouri (126),
Ohio (92), California (90) and Texas (90). The 400 semifinalists are
split nearly evenly between girls and boys and range in age from 10
The 400 projects
selected to advance to the semifinals run the scientific gamut, from
biochemistry to physics, from zoology to health, and from mathematics
to engineering. All the projects were developed with clear-eyed precision
and showcased a level of complexity that might make the average adult's
head spin. Beyond the originality and excellence of these original projects,
semifinalists were also chosen for their ability to effectively communicate
the reasoning and purpose behind their projects.
exhibit an intellectual maturity that is truly remarkable," said
Steve Jacobs, DCYSC Head Judge. "Even more impressive, and a fundamental
part of our competition, is their success in explaining their work to
others, a prerequisite of scientific leadership."
The countdown to
choosing America's top young scientist continues next month, on September
20, when the field of 40 semifinalists is narrowed by the DCYSC judges
to the "final Forty." These 40 finalists will come to Washington,
DC October 23 - 27, where they will take part in the DCYSC finalist
competition at the Cole Field House at the University of Maryland. The
finalists will compete in team-based, interactive challenges centered
on the theme of Einstein's physics. The students will compete for more
than $100,000 worth of scholarships and special prizes, as well as the
title of "America's Top Young Scientist of the Year."
Young Scientist Challenge Background
In 1999, Discovery created DCYSC to be a part of the solution to
America's chronic underachievement in science and meth. The contest
responds to evidence that academic performance and interest in science
among American students declines dramatically as students get older
- particularly during the middle school years.
The DCYSC identifies
and honors America's top middle school student who demonstrates the
best skills in leadership, teamwork and scientific problem solving.
In addition, the ability to be an effective science communicator - a
goal that reflects Discovery's philosophy that scientific knowledge
is most valuable when it is communicated and shared - is a key component
of the judging.
administers the DCYSC. One of the most respected nonprofit organizations
advancing the cause of science, Science Service has a sterling reputation
for conducting high-quality competitions on the national and international
level, including the Intel Science Talent Search and the Intel International
Science and Engineering Fair.
More than 7,500
students have entered the DCYSC since its inception. Winners have received
more than $400,000 in scholarship awards, federal government recognition
and participated in science-related trips that have taken them to the
far corners of the globe.
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