USA Science and Engineering Festival: The Blog

The Kavli Science Video Contest has wrapped up with over 260 entries! Now it’s time for the People’s Choice Vote, in advance of the awards ceremony on April 29, in Washington, DC, as part of the USA Science & Engineering Festival. People’s Choice Voting begins April 2 and closes April 13. Voting is easy, just view the videos on YouTube and click ‘like” for your favorites. Click here to view the videos.

We have been highlighting the Top 20 Finalists on our blog for the past two weeks. In today’s blog get to know the next five of the Top 20 Finalists:

SPOTLIGHT ON KAVLI VIDEO CONTEST: TOP 20 FINALISTS
Entrant: Sowmya Mullapudi
Entry: Stem Cell Research
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What are your favorite subjects? Science and Literature
Can you tell us what inspired you to make this video?
After being assigned stem cells for a speech topic in freshman year, the potential of stem cells blew and continues to blow my mind. Stem cells can cure many diseases in the world, but many people don’t know about them like myself in freshman year. Therefore, this potential inspired me to make this video to increase awareness of the good stem cells research can bring to society.
What do you want to study in college? I’d like to study medical (pre-medicine) and pharmaceutical studies.
What kind of career do you want to pursue? I’d like to pursue a career in stem cell research, drug development, or medicine, because I feel like all these fields are rapidly bringing positive change in curing diseases and saving many people.

Entrants: Alex, Aliya, Anita, Jeremy, Joshua, LaBria, Michael, Molly, Sophie G, Sophie S, Tom
Entry: What Will the World Be?
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What are your favorite subjects? Science, Art, English, Gym, Social Studies, Math, Physics, and Technology
Can you tell us what inspired you to make this video?
A love of science! (Joshua)
I want everyone’s attention to be brought to the point that one person can make a difference with the help of science. (Sophie G)
It showed me why science is important. By exploring the different answers to the question “how can science save the world?”, science became one of my favorite subjects. (Sophie S)
I saw some on youtube and asked my teacher if we could make a class one. (Michael)
Riding on my bike and conserving kinetic energy made me interested in piezoelectricity. (Tom)
I am an animal fan so I wanted to do something on animals. (Jeremy)
Well, I was noticing a lot of problems around the world and I wanted to get the message out that if we don’t stop littering and causing all this pollution, in a thousand years we might not be here. (LaBria)
I knew that fossil fuels from the earth are running out, so I wanted to research wind turbines and how we can collect energy from the wind. (Anita)
I chose to study solar energy because it can save the environment. (Alex)
I never knew what science could really do and how important it was. Once I did know, I wanted to share my knowledge with others. This was a perfect way to do it! (Molly)
Enthusiastic scientists can save the world, and we are all scientists. (Tom)
What kind of career do you want to pursue? Pediatrician (LaBria), Electrical engineering (Tom), Author (Sophie G), Write comics (Jeremy), Professional volleyball player, doctor, or a teacher (Anita), Famous video game maker (Alex), Computer designer (Michael), Robot design/Computer Science (Joshua), Teacher (Sophie S).

Entrants: McKenzie Clark,16 and Bridget O’Toole,16
Entry: “Tech Town”
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What are your favorite subjects? Film, Art, Multimedia
Can you tell us what inspired you to make this video? We heard about the contest on our schools morning announcements and immediately went to our tech teacher to get more information. It was weird how we read each others minds and knew exactly what kind of video we wanted to do. It’s a perfect combination of art, film technique and technology, our favorites!
What do you want to study in college? Film and Art

Entrant: Megan Rosenberger, 17
Entry: Water is Life”
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What are your favorite subjects? Calculus, Statistics, Science
Can you tell us what inspired you to make this video? In 2004, when I was just 9 years old, the tenth most intense Atlantic hurricane was ever recorded: Ivan. My house was flooded with water, and I wondered if there was any way our flood could have been prevented. I became familiar with a rain barrel during the summer of 2009 when I approached a local environment fair’s booth. I soon became curious of there was any way to additionally enhance the rain barrel to help the environment. I contacted Create Change Africa to learn about their water crisis relief efforts in Ghana and how rain barrels impact developing countries with a limited supply of drinking water. By installing my rain barrel in developing countries, the communities’ lives of millions will be impacted. Not only can a fresh water supply be possible, but electricity could be made possible as well! Since then I have worked with this Ghana community to make a difference through my science and engineering research!
What kind of career do you want to pursue?Civil or Environmental Engineering

Entrants: Jeremiah Kim, Gabe Ball, Nick Van Steenhuyse (13)
Entry: “Solar Energy”
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What are your favorite subjects? Math/ Science
Can you tell us what inspired you to make this video? I wanted to save energy and make more – Jeremiah Kim, I wanted to be able to make the world better – Gabe Ball, I wanted to create a world that produced rather than deduced – Nick Van Steenhuyse
What do you want to study in college? Pre-Med/Medical School, Business, Graphic Design
What kind of career(s) do you want to pursue? Doctor, CEO of a Solar Company, Graphics Designer

Thank you to all of the entries for the 2012 Kavli Foundation “Save the World Through Science & Engineering” Video Contest!!