STUDENT IS NAMED A FINALIST IN THE 6TH ANNUAL DISCOVERY CHANNEL YOUNG
Communications, Inc., has announced the names of 40 middle school students
selected as finalists in the 2005 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.
Abshir, grade 8, of Denver, CO was selected by DCYSC judges as a finalist
for her project entitled The Proof Is in the Prints: An Analysis
of Fingerprint Patterns within Different Human Ethnicities.
CSEF, Iftin received Honorable Mention in the category of Behavioral
& Social Sciences and an American Association of University Women
award. She was nominated for the DCYSC through the Denver Metro Regional
is proud to continue its tradition of supporting middle school education
and cultivating the next generation of American scientists. These students
have the knowledge, enthusiasm and imagination to become the scientific
trailblazers of tomorrow," said Judith McHale, President and CEO,
Discovery Communications. "The breadth of knowledge demonstrated
by the 400 semifinalists is inspiring and sets an example for anyone
who wants to explore the world around them."
The 40 finalists will travel to Washington, DC October 15 - 19,
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 designed around the theme of "Forces
of Nature." In the wake of the recent natural disasters disasters
that ravaged the Gulf Coast of the United States and Southeast Asia,
each student will face challenges - from fog banks, to hurricanes, to
tsunamis - that utilize their broad range of knowledge in order to understand
the implications and scope of natural disasters. The action-packed activities
will be taped for broadcast on the Discovery Channel.
is proud to cultivate the next generation of American scientists through
this competition," said Judith A. McHale, President and CEO, Discovery
Communications. "Discovery is committed to understanding how and
why disasters happen and what, if anything, through knowledge we can
do to prevent or better prepare for them in the future."
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."
forty finalists have been chosen from an impressive pool of students
nationwide. We are excited to put their science skills to the test as
they conquer the "Forces of Nature" challenges and compete
for the top middle school scientist of the year," said Steve Jacobs,
DCYSC Head Judge.
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.
Final Forty hail from 19 states and Puerto Rico. States include Arizona,
California (3), Colorado, Connecticut, Florida (8), Georgia,
Hawaii (4), Indiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan (2), Missouri,
Montana, New York (2), Ohio (3), Tennessee, Texas (4), Utah (2) and
finalists were chosen based upon the excellence of their projects presented
at local Science Service-affiliated fairs across the country. During
the DCYSC finals, the finalists will present their research projects
to judges to demonstrate their communication skills and creative thinking.
Channel 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.
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.
Service 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.
than 9,500 students have entered the DCYSC since its inception. Winners
have received more than $500,000 in scholarship awards, federal government
recognition and participated in science-related trips that have taken
them to the far corners of the globe.
Communications, Inc. is the leading global real-world media and
entertainment company. DCI has grown from its core property, the Discovery
Channel, first launched in the United States in 1985, to current global
operations in 160 countries and territories with 1.3 billion cumulative
subscribers. DCI's over 90 networks of distinctive programming represent
25 network entertainment brands including TLC, Animal Planet, Travel
Channel, Discovery Health Channel, Discovery Kids, Discovery Times Channel,
The Science Channel, Military Channel, Discovery Home Channel, Discovery
en Espanol, Discovery Kids en Espanol, Discovery HD Theater, FitTV,
Discovery Travel & Living, Discovery Home & Health and Discovery
Real Time. DCI's other properties consist of Discovery Education and
Discovery Commerce, which operates 120 Discovery Channel Stores. DCI
also distributes BBC America in the United States. DCI's ownership consists
of four shareholders: Discovery Holding Company, Cox Communications,
Inc., Advance/Newhouse Communications and John S. Hendricks, the Company's
Founder and Chairman.