‘The Kids’ Science Challenge’ Inspires Great Ideas From Young Scientists

By Schoodoodle Contributer- Amy Dunn

Topping it up (1)Earlier this month, I listened to a wonderful story on NPR about a unique and exciting science competition for kids called the Kids’ Science Challenge. The competition is targeted to elementary school children and grand prize winners get the opportunity to work with real scientists or engineers to develop solutions to real scientific problems.  The  goal is to get them excited about science and discover the importance of scientific innovation and research.

In this years competition, kids are challenged to come up with an original idea that relates to one of the following topics: Sports on Mars, Detective (forensic) Science, and Bio-Inspired Designs. Entries are judged on originality and the winner of each field wins a visit with a scientist or engineer to collaborate on their idea.

The site also provides excellent educational resources and activities related to the three scientific fields to prepare the kids for entry. In addition,  many of the online activities are appropriate for after-school or classroom use. Perhaps teachers or parents will consider forming a Kids’ Science Challenge Team for their After-School Groups, in classrooms, or other communities!

I recommend listing to the NPR interview with Jim Metzner, Executive Producer of Kids’ Science Challenge and Producer of Pulse of the Planet.  I was very moved by the passion and excitement he shows for this project.

The Kids’ Science Challenge
is open to all legal U.S. residents who are students enrolled in 3rd through 6th grade. The Challenge begins on October 1, 2009 at 12:01 AM EST and expires at 11:59 PM EST on February 28, 2010.  Entries MUST be the kids’ original work, or the original work of their team. Visit their Website for additional information.

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