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How Are Science Fairs Faring? As districts pull back, fair organizers promote STEM and recruit young scientists, and corporations are offering national competitions to fill the void. By ron Schachter F 56 October 2011 or more than halF a century, the annual science fair has been a fixture in many a school’s academic life, both for science teachers, who guide classes through the hands-on experience of researching topics of interest, and for students, who often hectically put the finishing touches on their work the night before it is exhibited in the school gym or other public space. From there, winning submissions can advance to district or regional science fairs and—with enough scientific knowhow and inspiration, as well as school and parental support—to national science competitions. It’s a pathway that, for years, has distinguished up-and-coming scientists and has provided a glowing addition to their college applications. two seniors from acalanes high School, part of the acalanes union high School District in lafayette, calif., shared the top $75,000 prize in the prestigious Intel International Science and engineering Fair (ISeF) in may for their project, “The treatment of Simulated cancer cells with compton ScatteringProduced Secondary radiation,” a potentially more effective and less expensive cancer treatment which places tin metal near tumors before radiation therapy. In the second year of the national Disney Planet challenge—a contest focusing on environmentally-oriented research by entire elementary and middle school classes—the fifth-graders at the erwine Intermediate School from the coventry local Schools in akron, ohio, won top honors for their entry, “Stand your Ground—Stomp out Invasive Plants,” which involved identifying and destroying invasive plants across two acres at nearby cuyahoga Valley national Park. In the first annual Google Global Science Fair, a completely online event, the grand prize winner offered improved treatments for patients with ovarian cancer who had built up resistance to existing chemotherapy drugs. She won District Administration

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of District Administration - October 2011

District Administration - October 2011
Contents
From the Editor
Letters
News Update
Transportation Update
District Profile
Administrator Profile
Building a Blended Learning Program
How Are Science Fairs Fairing?
A New Age for Algebra
Early College High Schools
Changing of the Guard in Florida
CIO News
How Much Computing Power Do You Need?
An Unconventional Approach to 1:1
New Books
Problem/ Solution
Research Center
Product Focus
New Products
Professional Opinion
Going Mobile
Online Edge

District Administration - October 2011

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