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August 30, 2010

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August 30, 2010

This organization does for Science what the Olympics do for sport. Actually, even more-because sports in this country already receive lots of attention. It stimulates and provides a platform for academically oriented students to stretch their intellects and contribute to sceintific knowledge. This venue is available to any student with the willingness to learn and to work. If not for SSP my son may never have pushed himmself to learn far beyond what was required in school and thus been bored. The amount of time and effort that the staff at SSP provide is truly mind-boggling. I am grateful to them and to the opportunities provided by them, without which my son may never have met like-minded individuals who are now life-long friends. If America is to compete in our global climate, SSP is the only public service organization actively serving that goal.

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Both of my kids life trajectories have been positively impacted by this organization. They have been motivated to stretch their intellects and pursue independent projects on their own. They are now both in excellent colleges and are role models for peers.

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

The joy of privding my kids a veneue for their interests

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

Kind, helpful, energetic and excited

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

discover the creator of clean energy

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 30, 2010

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August 30, 2010

I have worked closely with SSP since 2002 when I became an Intel ISEF Affiliated Fair Director. I have been Chair of the Intel ISEF Advisory Council for nearly three years and cannot say enough positive about this organization. The staff at SSP are committed and passionate about their mission. SSP has provided awesome opportunities for a number of students from my region in Central NM. I was also a Guest Speaker at the 2010 SSP Teacher Fellows Institute which is an absolutely amazing program - applied for competitively by teachers from all over the US and abroad - run by Jennifer Carter, Director of Outreach. I would like to see programs like the Fellows program continue and be supported into the future. It is through teachers that we will ultimately make the biggest impact on upcoming students...teachers with passion for science, technology, engineering, & math education and research engender students with passion for learning...for asking great questions...and for having the courage to go after the answers to those questions.

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

the students and teachers I serve who have been impacted by involvement in our ISEF affiliated fair and those who have gone on to compete at Intel ISEF and in the Intel Science Talent Search. I also volunteer to work with SSP staff the week of ISEF.

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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

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August 30, 2010

Society for Science and the Public provide opportunities for both teachers and students across the globe that are focused on science education and science research. They also provide additional outreach opportunities, scholarships and fellowships for students including those from both rural and large urban area school districts. All of my experiences with SSP have been positive and educational.

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Students from our school district have participated in the International Science and Engineering Fair for many years. This experience has opened the eyes and doors for many of our students which has enriched their high school experience.

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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

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August 30, 2010

Society for Science, being the parent organization of the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair brings together the best and brightest young minds from around the world every year. They provide opportunities for students to connect with professionals in the field, visits to scientific laboratories such as CERN, and thousands of dollars in scholarship opportunities. I have had the pleasure of working with SSP as a teacher of a finalist for the International Fair, as an affiliated fair director and I was recently chosen as a 2010 SSP Fellow. I have found all of my experiences with them to be very positive. The fellowship is providing my underserved students an opportunity to pursue science research projects. Not only does SSP provide the funding, but they also provide the educational framework necessary to develop a successful research program and support throughout the process. I highly recommend SSP and would rate them #1 among scientific non-profit organizations.

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

participation with science fairs and the 2010 Fellows Institute. My students have won thousands of dollars at the International Fair, which provided for an education they may not have otherwise been able to afford!

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

working with so many people committed to helping students succeed!

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

incredibly accomodating and professional!

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

continue its incredible work reaching out to students!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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August 30, 2010

Without the help and support of SSP and Intel I would not be able to offer my students a very unique opportunity of applied science and research at the high school level. Their support has helped public high school students see their potential. It has also helped me grow as a professional.

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

Past ISEF science fairs and as a 2009 Fellow.

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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

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August 30, 2010

I recently attended a workshop for science teachers hosted by SSP in Washington DC. While there I had a chance to meet many of the staff members involved in promoting ISEF, The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. I was impressed with eveyones desire to be part of a quality organization that scincerely wants to promote science to all people. I felt that I was connected to people who truely can affect the change of America to a more scientifically literate society. The staff at SSP diligently works at making science understandable to everyone. Their interest in getting more students interested in science by supporting entries into the ISEF competitions and by supporting high school research in under represented schools is an unmatched endeavor that is sorely needed in our Nation. For this I applaud them and I try to spread the news to other teachers about the opportunities they provide.

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As a result of my participation with this organization, my students have become excited about science and are knocking at my classroom door and emailing me during the summer to ask how they can be part of ISEF.

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

Make Science Rule the World!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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August 30, 2010

Science research isn't just something for a professor in a university or an engineer in a laboratory. Middle school and high school students do science research too. Students can ask important questions, develop their own research skills and scientific insights, and even have results so compelling that they become acknowledged contributors to the progress of scientific knowledge. The goal of Society for Science and the Public is to identify, encourage, mentor and reward this next generation of technical innovators around the world. By sponsoring rigorous science competitions at the middle school and high school level, they showcase students who excel at science, not just in a classroom or on a test but also in the real world, creative experience of pursuing a research project. I have mentored, along with my husband, our own daughter and her teammates as they pursued research topics traditionally thought only the province of "rocket scientists." All of the students learned vital, practical science research skills, like programming and astronomy. But they also learned intangibles like how to be a valued teammate and an effective leader, how to problem solve together, and how to communicate their research to judges so respected that some have even won the Nobel Prize. For each of the students, their team research was one of the most important experiences of high school. Society for Science and the Public provides these opportunities to any middle school or high school student with a passion for science research. Through their work, ongoing since the 1940s, they have opened the doors for generations of technical innovators.

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I have attended many of the science competitions sponsored by SSP and gotten to know many of the student competitors over a period of years. I have enjoyed seeing the scientific and personal growth of these students and I'm a FAN of all of them.

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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 27, 2010

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August 27, 2010

Society for Science and the Public is an outstanding organization which gives kids a chance to compete in scientific endeavors and learn skills that will affect not only their future, but the future of the world. The kids who compete at ISEF are doing cutting edge science and their discoveries are making a difference in the world. The middle school kids who compete for the chance to participate in a competition in Washington DC learn skills that will not only help them schieve in high school, but will most likely set them on the path towards a career in science, math, engineering or technology. As a parent of two boys who are now in high school that had the chance to compete in Washington DC, I can attest to the life changing effect these competitions have had. My boys went from very shy, kids who would most likely sit quietly and listen in class, to boys who are actively striving to do their best and get the most out of every class, they dare give answers and ask questions and push the teachers to give their best every day. SSP is a fantastic organization, in my opinion they do more for the future of our nation than any other nonprofit because they are truely investing in the future.

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

The SSP middle school program and the Intel International Science Fair as a parent and as a teacher.

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

SSP definitely helps young people make a difference in the future.

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

Every volunteer I met was kind helpful and definitely interested in helping kids choose a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.

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

Send more young people to college and put the united states back at the lead of the pack in science and engineering.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 23, 2010

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August 23, 2010

I have volunteered since 1995, first helping in Display and Safety and now with the Scientific Review Committee. The organization has a tremendous staff that works more than a 'regular job' to assure that the experience these talented kids get is first class. This is a program that opens eyes and doors. It promotes the growth of the students as individuals and as teams and truly supports science, engineering and technology education.

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

Since 1995 - we have had numerous students from our region participate and teh Intel ISEF and Middle School Programs are life change events.

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

Increase the staff at SSP to relieve some of the tremendous burden that is placed on the existing staff. Provide the staff with tremendous bonuses - they deserve it!

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

The great people that are involved: staff, volunteers, students!

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

..fantastic and dedicated beyond the norm!

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

Assist the staff better to serve more students, and provide more students the opportunity to participate.

Ways to make it better...

... there was more time to see the student's projects at ISEF.

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

.. funding to keep it going and the space to allow expansion. Keeping the dedicated volunteers they have on board now and

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

This is a great organization with a mission that is so very important.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 18, 2010

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August 18, 2010

I have participated in the Intel International Science and Engineering Festival (Intel ISEF) since 2005, bringing students from our regional fair to compete at this level. Every year, I am amazed again by how efficient, professional and courteous SSP staff is in organizing this event. ISEF is life changing for many of our students - whether they win a prize or not. It opens their eyes to the possibilities and the joy of of scientific research and experimentation; it validates their efforts and encourages them to continue in their studies. The atmosphere is one of respect and support for the students; they meet students from other countries, professionals in their field of interest, even nobel laureates. It is a great event and SSP does wonders with the staff and funding available to them.

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

I see the effect of their work in our students - they are eager to stay involved in science. Many of them have received scholarships or gained acceptance to more prestigious colleges as a result of their ISEF participation.

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

the ease with which they make their event possible; the variety of seminars as well as student and adult events; the quality of volunteers and judges

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

extremely well organized and prepared; they are knowledgeable, helpful and want to make the experience enjoyable for students.

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

expands its outreach to more students and create a wider support network for affilitated fairs

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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