The race to find
out who is the nation's top young scientist began today as Discovery
Communications, Inc. announced the 400 middle school students from around
the country, including 16 from Colorado, are selected as semifinalists
in the 2006 Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge (DCYSC). Colorado
ranks 5th behind Florida (36), California & Texas (32), Missouri
& Utah (18) and Ohio (17) in number of students selected as semifinalists.
This is by far the most semifinalists Colorado has had in all the years
of this competition.
The 16 students
selected from Colorado are:
Robin Betz, grade
8, of Boulder, CO for her project entitled Evolving Solutions:
Methods of Solving Sudoku Puzzles.
Boyle, grade 7, of Durango, CO for his project entitled Solar Integration:
The Key to Passive Solar Efficiency.
J. Raleigh Burt,
grade 8, of Monte Vista, CO for his project entitled Deflation
Evaluation: Investigating Passive Air Loss from Butyl Bicycle Tubes.
grade 5, of Del Norte, CO for her project entitled Which Wood Would
grade 7, of Boulder, CO for his project entitled LED Headlights:
Illuminating the Path to the Future.
grade 7, of Boulder, CO for her project entitled Well, That Was
grade 7, of Colorado Springs, CO for her project entitled Attitude
grade 8, of Ordway, CO for his project entitled The Tel 1 Mutation
and Its Effects on Drosophilia melongaster Life Span.
grade 6, of Boulder, CO for his project entitled Beware of the
WYDSIWYG (What You Don't See Is What You Get): A Study of Inattentional
grade 6, of Fowler, CO for her project entitled Old Problem, New
Solution: Managing Salinity.
grade 6, of Conifer, CO for her project entitled Erosion in the
Denver Metro Area.
grade 8, of Boulder, CO for his project entitled Got Vitamins?.
grade 6, of Durango, CO for her project entitled The Mind's Eye.
grade 8, of Boulder, CO for his project entitled A Dose of Detergent
grade 8, of Colorado Springs, CO for her project entitled Dirty
grade 6, of Colorado Springs, CO for his project entitled To Switch
or Not to Switch.
is proud to continue the tradition of supporting middle school education
and cultivating the next generation of American scientists," said
John Hendricks, Founder and Chairman, Discovery Communications. "Each
year, the breadth of knowledge demonstrated by the DCYSC's 400 semifinalists
is inspiring and a bit humbling. These young men and women have the
intelligence, energy, creativity and dedication to become the nation's
scientific trailblazers of the future. We remain committed to celebrating
their achievements and scientific learning."
About the Semifinalists
The 400 semifinalists, and contenders for the title of "America's
Top Young Scientist," come from 43 states, Puerto Rico, and the
District of Columbia and were selected from a group of 1,900 formal
entries, initially chosen from a pool of 70,000 students who entered
science fairs nationwide.
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. Each of the students submitted projects that were innovative
and imaginative, with a level of complexity that might make the average
adult's head spin. These semifinalists were also chosen for their ability
to effectively communicate the reasoning and purpose behind their projects.
"As the United
States struggles to compete with other nations in the fields of science
and technology, Americans need goal-oriented, knowledgeable and imaginative
students who excel in these areas. This year's semifinalists fit the
bill exquisitely," said Steve Jacobs, DCYSC Head Judge. "Even
more impressive, and a fundamental part of our competition, is their
skill in explaining their work to others, a prerequisite of scientific
The countdown to
choosing America's Top Young Scientist continues next month, on September
14th, when the field of 400 semifinalists is narrowed by the DCYSC judges
to the "Final Forty." The young scientists will use their
scientific know-how to find solutions to this year's five-part challenge.
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."
About the Competition
In 1999, Discovery created the DCYSC to be a part of the solution
to alleviate America's chronic underachievement in science and math.
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.
More than 13,000
children have entered the DCYSC since its inception eight years ago.
Winners have received approximately $700,000 in scholarship awards and
federal government recognition, and have participated in science-related
trips that have taken them to the far corners of the globe.
Discovery is pleased
to have Elmer's as a DCYSC sponsor. Elmer's has a proud tradition of
supporting education, including science. Elmer's believes science taught
through Science Fairs serves as a major benefit to students, allowing
students to develop skills in problem solving, research, writing, public
speaking and time management.
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