Colorado State Science Fair 2011

And yes! I made it to the state science fair! After mono stopped me last year, I was kind of wondering what the follow-up act might be. This fair wasn’t really any different from the other fairs I’ve done, other than being bigger – and of course, the projects generally being incredibly high quality. Which ...

Science Fairs and Wind Chill

The DPS District Science Fair was a lot of fun, as usual. We had a kind of ridiculous number of judges this year – not that a large number of volunteers is a bad thing – so we did most of the fair in teams. I actually rather like team judging, since it means that ...

Science Fair Season

Ah, it’s that glorious season, when the sale of tri-fold boards spikes, and eager young scientists stand ready to excitedly tell judges how they grew mold on bread or watered plants with a variety of appalling substances. It’s science fair season! I actually feel a little sad about it this year. Because of my class ...

Enough With the Zombie Hamburgers 1

A while ago, there was a rash of postings all over the internets about the sinister Happy Meal That Would Not Die or the utterly disturbing McDonald’s hamburger that had been preserved since, I don’t know, the last ice age or something. The conclusion of the woman with the ancient hamburger is: Ladies, Gentleman, and ...

Speaking of science fairs…

A wonderful story about three Palestinian girls going to Intel’s International Science and Engineering Fair. I think the article really highlights how important these events are for students – even on the local level. If nothing else, science fairs give students like these girls motivation to try their hand at solving a problem – either ...

Done with science fairs for this school year

Today was the Merrill Middle School science fair, which was my last for the school year. I’m definitely planning to continue volunteering next year, since this has been a lot of fun. And hopefully, I’ll have a better attendance record. This year went like this: Grant Middle School (January) – missed, due to horrible stomach ...

Denver Metro science fair

I spent most of my day yesterday at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science as a judge for the Denver Metro Science and Engineering Fair. I thought the Denver Public School science fair was going to leave me feeling more confident, but I was wrong. The environment was just very different. At the DPS ...

My first science fair

As a judge, at least. I know I did at least one science fair when I was in elementary school, which involved an extremely lame experiment that had to do with getting mold to grow on bread. I wasn’t all that excited about it. Now I can look back on my lack of enthusiasm as ...