Volunteering at the Intel ISEF (international science fair) May 15, 2014

Check it out! Look where I get to volunteer on May 15th.


The Intel® International Science and Engineering Fair® (Intel ISEF), the world’s largest international pre-college science competition, annually provides a forum for more than 1,600 high school students from over 70 countries, regions, and territories to showcase their independent research and compete for more than $4 million in awards. Millions of students worldwide compete each year in local and school-sponsored science fairs; the winners of these events go on to participate in Intel ISEF-affiliated regional and state fairs from which the best win the opportunity to attend Intel ISEF. Intel ISEF unites these top young scientific minds, showcasing their talent on an international stage, enabling them to submit their work to judging by doctoral level scientists. The Intel ISEF is the premier global science competition for students in grades 9–12.

I will be a lead educator on Education Outreach Day, May 15, 2014! The students who participate in the lab I am running will be completing an activity named When Invasives Attack!, a hands on lab where students will take the role of environmental scientists to determine if a lake has been contaminated by an aquatic invasive species. Students will identify freshly caught live plankton under a microscope, conduct biodiversity data collection, and participate in water chemistry testing in this one hour experience. Students will also analyze their data and make decisions on how to balance the resulting environmental and economic impacts.

Doesn’t that sound fun! It is as if they knew me when they chose this lab for me!!! It is perfect! Sean gets to go with me. Sean and I will be on the hunt for good labs for Earth and Space 2 and Chemistry 2.