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January 14, 2012
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January 14, 2012
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After reading your comments about the OlympicsThe IntelĀ® International Science and Engineering FairĀ® (Intel ISEF) wanted to take part in this competition with her students this year for the first time.

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

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No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

August 31, 2011

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August 30, 2010

I got to know this organization in 2006 when one of my students won our local science fair and went to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. I was able to attend ISEF 2 more times and ... more

August 31, 2011

This is an update to my 2010 review. I just completed my first year as an SSP Teacher Fellow. Because of the grant I received more students than ever before participated in science and engineering activities, and won more awards than ever. I also got to take a group of observers to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for the first time in the 50+ year history of the fair. It had a huge impact on the school. I also grew in my professionalism as a teacher.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I so have many new resources available to my students.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't think of much. If they need some help I would gladly pitch in

August 30, 2010

I got to know this organization in 2006 when one of my students won our local science fair and went to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. I was able to attend ISEF 2 more times and was very impressed by what I saw. I learned as least as much as a teacher as my student did during the competitions. I found out about other programs such as Science Talent Search and got my students in that too. The website and science fair materials are a huge help in getting my students prepared for competitions. I use Science News in my classroom, not just for the news articles but to teach my students how to write. Last year I found out about the Intel Teacher Fellows program. When my students read the ad for it they told me that "this sounds like you, you have to go for this", the same words I've often used to encourage them to get into competitions. So I took my own advice and applied. This year I was named an Intel Teacher Fellow. The level of resources I now have for my students has taken a quantum leap. I know that SSP has been around for several decades, so I hope it's around fro a lot longer, and my relationship with them grows.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

SSP genuinely wants to see students succeed in science. While maintaining a competitive threshold they work hard to include as many students as possible. I got the same level of advice when preparing my teacher application.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Working with the staff.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very competent and willing to help. They have a vested interest in seeing you and your students succeed.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand their programs for students and teachers. help out local science fairs,

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 24, 2010

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September 24, 2010

I have been involved in Science Fairs for over 22 years and the International Fair since 1994. The parent body (SSP) that supports this fair does a tremendous job. They support the students, the teachers, and all who are trying to keep kids interested and inspired in the sciences, technology, and engineering.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing how students shine when they explain the project they have been involved with. The students gain so much by being exposed to students, like themselves, from all over the world.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 23, 2010

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September 23, 2010

The Society for Science and the Public is a wonderfully supportive organization that understands (better than most organizations) how the key to our future is in supporting our energetic, dedicated, intelligent students. They have done this by their constant support and promotion of the Intel Science Talent Search and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Those two opportunities are the "dream" of the students in our course (and our science fair) year after year.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

see comments in the "your review" section above. They are a wonderful, supportive organization that is focused on creating opportunities for the future scientists/engineers/psychologists...

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Offer more significant awards to more students at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. These are the students that will likely shape the future in areas such as Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Computer Science and Enviro.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 13, 2010

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September 13, 2010

I became involved with science fairs when I helped some students with their science projects more than 10 years ago. This led to my judging local fairs and eventually judging the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) for the Society for Science and the Public (SSP). They regard good judging as essential. SSP gives it the resources and attention needed.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the finalists as they develop their knowledge of science and research skills. They make friendships that will last a lifetime. SSP publishes "Science News" which is a very good science magazine.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not make any changes. They are constantly looking for ways to be better.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

talking with the finalist and working with the staff and other volunteers.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, friendly, helpful, knowledgeable.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

give more help to disadvantaged students.

Ways to make it better...

there was more time to talk to the finalists.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

making sure students who don`t have much to work with are are encouraged and their accomplishments recognized. The organization needs to encourage mentors and create other opportunities for as many students as possible.

One thing I'd also say is that...

they do a great job.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 3, 2010

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September 3, 2010

I taught at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology since it first opened in 1987. Over the years, I taught Creative Writing and AP Language to gifted science, math and technology students. Some of my best writers were students who were winners or finalists in the Westinghouse/Intel Science Talent Search. I began to realize how closely related the arts were to the sciences. Parade of students over the last twenty-five years brought their final papers to me to proof before they submitted them to the competition. I didn’t always understand the science in their work, but I could help them make their writing clear and accessible. It was not until I retired and put on another hat that a realized how much Intel influenced our school. I have been working for two years at writing a book that tells the school’s twenty-five year history. My research from the beginning told me how much the Westinghouse/Intel competitions directed and transformed learning and achievement for our most gifted young scientists. We have hundred of semifinalists and finalists in our school’s history. I recall times in my writing classes watching students in deep conversations about their Intel research and their writings. They were some of the leading math wizards in the school. These kids were just as talented in math and science as in the humanities, but I realized then that they were living proof that we haven’t evolved to be mathematicians and/or statisticians. This is the way we must think if we are to make progress in understanding how the world works and, for that matter, how we ourselves work. Students who think these topics are unnatural subjects are right. It isn’t how humans think naturally. But it is how humans think rationally. And it is how scientists think. This is the way we must think if we are to make progress in understanding how the world works and, for that matter, how we ourselves work. These students were gifted and Intel was providing opportunities for all of us to nurture them and use their brilliance to push their boundaries so they could be part of the change that I knew through their creative and personal writing they wanted for our world. I applaud SSP and Intel for helping to make us successful.

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I felt the power and influence of this organization the entire time I was teaching at TJHSST. Now that I am retired and writing a book about our school's twenty-five year history, I am amazed at their influence.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 2, 2010

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September 2, 2010

I have been a regional fair director for 14 years and have attended the Intel ISEF for 8 years. Every year I am amazed anew at what a wonderful experience this is for high school students. I love to take students to ISEF for the first time and see their jaws drop when they walk into the exhibit hall! They get SO excited about the Opening Ceremony when they realize that they are the stars of this show. SSP make sure that the students know that THEY are the important ones for this week and treat them accordingly. In addition, SSP provides multiple opportunities for the students to meet other students from all over the country and the world. Many of the friendships that are created during the week are lasting and may even lead to future collaboration on projects "in the real world". But SSP doesn't stop there. The Intel ISEF also gives teachers, parents and fair directors to learn and share ideas. As a fair director, I have make invaluable contacts over the years which have enabled me to greatly improve the running of my own fair. The staff at SSP is very professional and help support the regional fairs in a myriad of ways, including giving us the answers to hundreds of questions in a very timely fashion. We have also had many students involved with the SSP Middle School Program & previously, the DCYSC. This is an incredible program designed for middle school students and is the only one of its kind. I was delighted to see that this program is being brought back this year. There is no place else where middle school students can advance to a national competition based on their science project. Much thanks to SSP for all it does for students and teachers.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The continued success of my students in high school and in college. Also in the improvements in my fair.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 31, 2010

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August 31, 2010

As a participant in several of SSP's programs, including the Intel Science Talent Search and the ISEF, I can personally attest to the degree SSP programs have influenced the lives of its participants, including myself. The STS and ISEF provided me with opportunities to meet and spend time with many other students who were also passionate about science - many of these acquaintances have evolved into close friends I know I will keep in contact with for a lifetime. I learned so much through participating in these programs, and also deepened my own interest in scientific research while interacting with other students, government officials, and even Nobel Prize winners. These science programs are also inspiring to the public; I heard numerous parents and visitors to the ISEF and STS project exhibition halls express that the intellectually enthusiastic atmosphere was infectious. Not only does SSP have a wonderful goal of spreading interest and excitement in scientific research to students from all backgrounds, but the success of its programs show that this goal is actually being realized. All the SSP programs I have attended have been a perfect mix of professionalism, energy, and excitement. They are impeccably run, and it's clear that the SSP staff really cares about the students' experiences. I will always be grateful to the SSP for the amazing opportunities it gave me during my high school years.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the Science Talent Seaarch and International Science Fair.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

always helpful, really care about making a difference.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 31, 2010

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August 31, 2010

The Society for Science and the Public Fellowship I received has transformed my classroom. The six subjects I teach now have a research basis along with the required academic material. I have improved the quality of scientific research in my classroom thanks to what I learned through the SSP Summer Institute. Not only do we now have a student research group that meets after school to work on projects, but we also have a junior high and high school robotics team for the second year. I teach at a rural pre-K through 12th school with less than 300 students. Without the assistance of SSP, these opportunities would not be possible for my students. The goal of this fellowship is to promote student research and to provide opportunities for students to collaborate with science mentors in either academia or industry. My students have attended classes and workshops at universities specifically to improve their science content, develop research projects, and learn robotics, all through the generosity of my SSP fellowship. I have had students make it to the State Science and Engineering Fair during my first year as a SSP fellow and plan on having students reach the Intel ISEF within the next year! As a fellow, I had the opportunity of attending the Intel ISEF and Intel Educator Academy in 2010. What an awesome experience for me as an observing teacher. I can't wait until I have a student who is part of this wonderful opportunity. Thank you SSP and Intel for all you do for students and science!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As a recipient of a Society for Science and the Public Fellowship.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 31, 2010

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August 31, 2010

My involvement with the Society for Science & the Public (SSP) was related to my oldest son, Rick in conjunction with the Ninth Annual Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge (DCYSC) co-sponsored with Discovery Communications. It attempted to find “America’s Top Young Scientist of the Year” from a field of about 80,000 US middle school students. Rick was one of the 40 finalists. Although I disagreed with the final decision of the judges ( :-} Rick did not win), it was one of the greatest experiences of his young life. I say this in light of the fact that he had spoken at over a dozen academic conferences by this point, to note only one aspect of his life. He was truly more distressed by the end of the challenge that that he did not win. That really says something about the experience. But what may say more is the fact that he connected with the other finalists to such an extent that he turned down a behind the scenes tour at the Smithsonian to be with his new friends and colleagues after only a hour of knowing them. Many of them still correspond. How cool is that! But my experiences with the SSP did not end there. They have provided Rick and countess other promising high school students with the opportunity to shine at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, which Rick attended in both 2009 and 2010. This proved to be at least as rewarding as the DCYSC and he enjoyed it immensely, again failing to bring home one of the big prizes. What does this say about the experience provided by SSP, if even the non-winners (and they can’t all win) bring home so much from their programs. Far from being discouraged, my son hopes to attend the Intel Science Talent Search for this year and also hopes to make it back to ISEF next spring. And once again, the contacts made there will likely last a lifetime. So as much as the science fair experience itself, the opportunity to bring together the best and brightest is a feat unto itself. Rick’s experiences have also inspired both of his younger siblings to become involved in science fairs primarily due to what has been provided with SSP. Even my wife and I became involved as judges at ISEF last year (although they would not let me judge Rick’s project :-} ). Both of us found other categories in which we were qualified and the two of us came away from the experience inspired. Since fifth grade, Rick had been caught up in school and regional science fairs which progressed to DCYSC and state fair since eighth grade. For the last two years, he was honored to participate at ISEF. Not only has this stimulated his interest in science, but it has encouraged him to continue his research on an obscure Asian tortoise, about which very little is known. He has become more proficient and professional interacting with his peers and also sharing his experiences with them stimulating their own interest. SSP not only inspires greatness, but encourages and nurtures it. Rick would not be where he is today with SSP.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

in conjunction with the amazing work they have done encouraging young people and providing them with experience and a real sense of pride in themselves. I've seen the results of SSP on many lives who have greatly benefited from the experiences provided.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make it bigger, encompassing a greater scope to influence the lives of the best of the young people amoung us. For if we do not provide the experences they need, they will not rise to the challenge and from where will our next Einstein emerge.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the opportunities they provide to those who would best benefit from it. The encouragement, experences, and pure joy of those lucky enough to participate in their programs is a sight to see. I wish more could do so.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, knowledeable, friendly, helpful, and encouraging.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world. really...

Ways to make it better...

it had started many mamy years ago. But I intend to make up for lost time and volunteer on a regular basis.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding and finding new vistas to challenge our young people.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I was proud to be counted amoung their many wonderful volunteers. Noone who could experience their work could fail to come away better for it.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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