Kids’ Science Challenge
National Science and Engineering Competition for Third to Sixth Graders
Created by Jim Metzner and funded by a four-year grant from The National Science Foundation, the Kids’ Science Challenge will continue for the second year to offer third to sixth graders the opportunity to practice real science and work directly with cutting-edge scientists and engineers. Students are asked to propose an original question, problem or experiment that relates to the group of scientists involved with the competition. Winning students in each category will then have the opportunity to meet and work with these scientists, in addition to winning great prizes.
Participating scientists and challenges in Year 2 of the Kids’ Science Challenge include:
- Bio-Inspired Designs
Using nature to give us ideas for new inventions. The winner in this category will work with scientists and engineers at UC Berkeley and UC Merced to create a new product or idea, inspired by the natural world. Birds inspired airplanes; seed burrs were the inspiration for Velcro!
- Imagining Sports on Mars
Working with engineers from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA; the budding scientist(s) will come up with a game suitable for playing on the mysterious Red Planet. Low-gravity frisbee, anyone?
- Detective Science
Future Columbos will work with scientists from the Forensic Science Department at Syracuse University to create an experiment where they employ the scientific techniques used in the science of detection to solve everyday mysteries. So who really did leave the bathroom light on?
Jim Metzner is the award-winning radio producer of Pulse of the Planet, which offers listeners sound portraits of Planet Earth, heard each weekday on over 320 public and commercial stations around the world. More than one million listeners of the show will be able to follow the progress and results of the Kids’ Science Challenge on Pulse of the Planet’s broadcasts.
Third to sixth graders will be able to enter the competition from October 1, 2009 to February 28, 2010. Students can enter as individuals or in collaborative teams in the classroom and after school. Information and downloadable entry forms are available at www.kidsciencechallenge.com.