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Why is Science Cool?

Why IS Science Cool?
Have you ever pondered that question? Ever want to tell the world why you think that Science is Cool? I think science is COOL because through science I can find the answer to my hundreds of questions of why? Why is the sky blue but sunsets have colors? Why don’t birds fall out of the sky? Why doesn’t silly putty stay in the shape I put it? I love the question why and LOVE that I can find many of these answers through science and if I can’t find the answer? I know I can set up an experiment to try to figure it out!!

Now YOU have the opportunity to answer that burning question of: Why IS science cool?! Find out more about the Kavli Science Video Contest that is happening at the USA Science and Engineering Festival.

USA Science & Engineering Festival Calls for Entries to New Kavli Science Video Contest

Washington, DC, April 15, 2010. Science is cool and The Kavli Foundation is challenging K-12 students across the nation to explain why.

The first ever Kavli Science Video Contest will be held this year during the USA Science & Engineering Festival October 10-24, 2010 in Washington, DC. This two-week celebration of science based in the nation’s capital, includes events ranging from student brown bag lunches with Nobel Laureates to a two-day Science Expo featuring close to 500 science and engineering organizations.

Students nationwide are invited to submit entries for the video contest, with cash awards and prizes for the top entries. The best videos will be shown at the Festival’s Expo on October 23-24, 2010, where hundreds of thousands of science fans are expected to gather on D.C.’s National Mall. The first place winner will also receive a travel stipend to attend the Expo. Rules and a submission form can be found here.

USA Science & Engineering Festival Kavli Science Video Contest

· Who Can Enter – Individual students or groups from K-12 schools, home school networks, after-school programs, science clubs or any other organization the student is representing for the purpose of the Kavli Science Video Contest. All prize monies must go to an educational institution rather than an individual student.

· Types of Videos Eligible – Videos should explain Why Science is Cool and may explore a scientific concept, provide a glimpse into the future or show us what scientific discovery has done for us in the past, or whatever else the inspires the entrant. USA Science & Engineering Festival videos must be 30-90 seconds in length, educational and suitable for general public screening.

· Selection of Winners – Winning videos will be chosen by a distinguished panel of judges that includes Brian Schwartz, founder of Science & the Arts at the City University of New York Graduate Center and Sheri Potter, a founder of the Coalition on Public Understanding of Science (COPUS).

Following in the footsteps of American Idol, America can vote on a People’s Choice Kavli Science Video Award through SciVee, a Web 2.0 site which helps scientists share their work with the general public.

· Deadlines and Prizes – The contest is open now and all entries must be submitted before midnight on July 15, 2010. First prize is $1,000 plus a $500 electronics gift certificate or HD Camcorder (valued up to $500) and a travel stipend to travel to Washington DC for the Expo. Second prize is $500, plus a $250 electronics gift certificate, third prize is $250, plus a $125 electronics gift certificate. The People’s Choice Award prize is $250.

· Reward for Multiple Entries – Organizations from the DC area that submit a minimum of 10 contest entries are eligible to apply for a bus grant. The grant can be used towards bussing a group of up to 50 students, teachers and family members to the USA Science and Engineering Festival Expo on October 23 or 24th.

About the Kavli Foundation

The Kavli Foundation is dedicated to advancing science for the benefit of humanity, promoting public understanding of scientific research, and supporting scientists and their work. The Foundation’s mission is implemented through an international program of research institutes in the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience, neuroscience and theoretical physics, and through the support of conferences, symposia, endowed professorships, journalism workshops, education initiatives and other activities.

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  1. #1 Dan
    November 10, 2010

    Though this was posted on April 16th, and may be a little old, I strongly agree with your passion to figure out that question of why? I too wonder about different things and their nature. For example, I always wondered how all the machines in our world work. A car, for example, seems so complex with so many different parts that move and do different things. I have always wanted to know and understand how a car actually works and functions. Not just how the engine works, but how the entire car functions as a whole. My problem is that I can usually never find the answer to my questions. Whether it be too complex for me to understand or just not having the will power to go out and find that answer I’m looking for. I really enjoyed that video because it showed just how cool science really is and people don’t usually look that happy doing science. With that video there are so many different aspects of science illustrated that it makes me want to go out and at least try to discover the answer I am looking for.

  2. #2 emoticons facebook
    June 25, 2011

    That’s some thing hat you have going to display is so matured and lively is awesome about the SCIENCE cause is the name that take us to to 21 century against all disaster.

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