Science Fair Season: Twelve Kids, a Robot Named Scorch . . . and What It Takes to Win
This is the engaging true story of kids competing in the high-stakes, high-drama world of international science fairs. Every year the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair brings together 1,500 high schoolers from more than 50 countries to compete for over $4 million dollars in prizes and scholarships. These amazing kids are doing everything from creating bion...more
In the style of the movie, Spellbound, in each chapter, Judy Dutton profiles the extraordinary stories of twelve high school students competing in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). She alternates between six legends from science fairs past and six students who are heading toward the 2009 competition. Each story is more engaging and incredible than the next...more
I absolutely loved this book! As both a science teacher and a past science fair participant (though I never made it past regionals!), I thought it was charming, funny, thought provoking... and totally spoke to my inner geek! I liked that the students profiled in the book came from all walks of life, and that their projects really r...more
Science Fair Season strikes a wonderful balance between the stories of the 11 competitors it follows, each with a different set of challenges to overcome and support to get there, and the research and science of their projects.
It's the story of a science fair, but not one like what you would see at your local elementary school every year. This contest is nationwide, and has exhibits from teens that take their science v...more
Odd. Incredible. Innovative. Not Just Another Baking Soda Volcano.
In the way that Word Freak exposed the hidden world of competitive Scrabble players, now Science Fair Season pulls back the curtain on the highly competitive and high-stakes world of high school science fairs.
Each year, the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair brings together over 1,500 of the most talented students from more than 50 countries, with over $4 million prizes and scholarships at stake....more
To read this book is too see kids growing up and you cannot finish this book without being moved. I bet it.
Dutton interviews several students-- the majority of whom are competiting in the 2009 Intel International Science & Engineering Fair-- about their projects, ranging from studying the honeybee population to inventing a glove that can translate sign language to text. The talent of these kids is remarkable, and Dutton relays their often inspirational stories without jargon or overly saccharine...more
All in all, I can't recommend it enough.
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To say I was amazed by the accomplishments of the kids in this book is an understatement. These kids are doing some incredible stuff. This book does a great job of showing how incredible science can be a...more
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Since graduating from Harvard with a degree in English and American Literature,she's contributed to Cosmopolitan, Maxim, Glamour, Redbook, and other magazines and websites. She is also the author of Secrets from the Sex Lab, an eye-opening look at the most groundbreaking scientific discoveries in the realm of sexual behavior.