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Society for Science & the Public
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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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & My daughter participated in various science competitions through middle school and high school.