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Sammi Chung wins Intel STS Digital Badge

Posted on Monday, March 3, 2014 by for Awards, Intel STS.

Sammi Chung was awarded a Student Initiative Badge "in recognition of her exceptional effort and accomplishment relative to available resources" for her entry in the 2014 Intel Science Talent Search. The Society for Science & the Public in partnership with the Intel Foundation awards digital badges to inspire learning, confirm accomplishment and validate the acquisition of knowledge or skills. Sammi’s winning project was entitled "Electrode Size Effect on Microbial Fuel Cell". She worked under the supervision of Dr. Sophia Suarez and Ms. Yara Adam in the Department of Physics at Brooklyn College.

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New judging system denies badges

Posted on Monday, March 3, 2014 by for Intel STS, Media.

Under the new judging guidelines, most seniors in the Science Research program have only earned entrant badges in the Intel Science Talent Search (STS). This digital award, which is one of many, is given to every participant; however, last year’s eleven seniors won more badges than this year’s senior research class.

"I was surprised that the science research students, as a group, received a fewer other badges than the entrant badge considering the quality and depth of the papers submitted," said Stefanie Henry ’14.

In the beginning of January, seniors were notified by the Society for Science and the Public (SSP) that they would receive their badges shortly, but they weren’t emailed back.

"I thought that there was a mistake," said Mr. Glenn Elert, Coordinator for Science Research. "These students have worked very hard on their projects. Some of the research papers were good, and some of them were excellent, but the seniors have nothing to show for it."

Mr. Elert personally sent an e-mail to the SSP about what had happened. The e-mail mentioned that several schools have experienced a decline in the number of badges being presented because the Intel STS "refined their criteria on what they were looking for" in science projects.

"As a student who has worked three long years on his project," said Chris Ayala ’14, "to be presented with the explanation that the judges refined their criteria on what they were looking for was no excuse for the lack of badges this year."

Sounding eager to help out future applicants, the SSP considered making improvements to the badging system by asking evaluators how they’re evaluating. That way, applicants could know what they can do to improve their applications.

"I’ll believe it when I see it," Ms. Sullivan, a research teacher, said. "There’s a sense of blindness one feels when applying to Intel. If I were a student, I would feel very discouraged not knowing what I can do for my paper."

According to Intel, the Intel STS is a national science competition in which high school students compete for $1,250,000 in scholarships. The badging system was introduced to Midwood last year, though it was used two years earlier by the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). These badges award students on scientific-based merits, such as writing a research paper especially well or showing student initiative.

"As a still growing competition," said Ayala ’14, "I understand that they had to make new policies but there was no reason to make it so that barely anyone won, especially without stating requirements of the badges."

Taulant Kastrati & Charlynn Trish Ben
This article originally appeared in the February 2014 edition of Argus.

         
   
To earn an Intel STS Entrant Badge, all portions of the application must be completed at the high level expected, provide complete and thoughtful responses, and accurately cite sources and not claim the work of others.   An Intel STS Research Report Badge is awarded to an entrant who has submitted a well-written, college-level, journal-style research report based upon his or her own independent science research.   An Intel STS Student Initiative Badge is awarded to an entrant who has exhibited extraordinary effort and dedication in his or her pursuit of scientific research and has made great accomplishments relative to the resources available to him or her.
         
   
Intel STS Semifinalist Badges are awarded to an entrant selected as one of 300 semifinalists in the Intel Science Talent Search.   Intel STS Finalist Badges are awarded to an entrant selected as one of 40 finalists in the Intel Science Talent Search.   The the teacher of each successful applicant listed in their application will also receive an Intel STS Research Teacher Badge
         

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Seniors: Notes on completing the Intel STS

Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 by for Intel STS, Seniors.

Third Way

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11 Midwood science students receive Intel STS badges

Posted on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 by for Awards, Intel STS.

Together with Intel, the Society for Science & the Public has launched a digital badging system to recognize achievement in the Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS). The concept of digital badging focuses on badges as a means to inspire learning, confirm accomplishment and validate the acquisition of knowledge or skills.

The following students won the Student Initiative Badge in recognition of their exceptional effort and accomplishment relative to available resources.

The following students won the Research Report Badge in recognition of their exceptionally well-written college-level report covering the research they submitted to the Intel Science Talent Search

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Hello seniors

Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 by for Intel STS, Seniors.

Hello Seniors,

I sent you a message today. Did you read it? Of course you did.

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Long email to seniors

Posted on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 by for Extra Credit, Intel STS, Seniors.

Here’s a copy of the long email I sent to all the seniors today.

seniors.txt

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Junior Assignment – Intel Science Talent Search Application

Posted on Saturday, February 5, 2011 by for Intel STS, Juniors.

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Answer all relevant questions in this Word document to the best of your ability. Questions marked with an asterisk are required and must be answered. Type your responses in the blank space below each question. Do not modify the formatting. Save frequently. Do not print. Email the completed document to your supervising teacher at least one day before your February meeting.

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2006 Intel Science Talent Search

Posted on Thursday, January 26, 2006 by for Awards, Intel STS.

Now in its 65th year, the Intel Science Talent Search (STS) is the oldest and most highly-regarded science competition in the United States. Midwood students have a long and distinguished record of superior performance in this "Junior Nobel Prize". In the year 2006, Midwood had three semifinalists.

Semifinalists

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2005 Intel Science Talent Search

Posted on Tuesday, February 15, 2005 by for Awards, Intel STS.

Now in its 64th year, the Intel Science Talent Search (STS) is the oldest and most highly-regarded science competition in the United States. Midwood students have a long and distinguished record of superior performance in this "Junior Nobel Prize". In the year 2004, Midwood had three semifinalists and one finalist.

Zwisohn, Lena, Louis, Olga, and Stack
Steve Zwisohn (principal) Lena Liang, Louis Tullo, Olga Pikovskaya, Alan Stack (teacher)

Finalists

Semifinalists

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2004 Intel Science Talent Search

Posted on Sunday, February 15, 2004 by for Awards, Intel STS.

Now in its 63rd year, the Intel Science Talent Search (STS) is the oldest and most highly-regarded science competition in the United States. Midwood students have a long and distinguished record of superior performance in this "Junior Nobel Prize". In the year 2004, Midwood had six semifinalists (which ranks us fifth nationwide) and one finalist. Finalists will be in Washington, DC from March 11 to 16 to compete for $530,000 in scholarships.

Finalist

Semifinalists

Ceres Connection Winners

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Laboratory has partnered with Science Service to promote science education through a program called the Ceres Connection. This program seeks to name minor planets after students in fifth through twelfth grades and their teachers. Students and teachers are selected through these Science Service competitions: the Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge, the Intel Science Talent Search, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, and the Intel Excellence in Teaching Award. All minor planets named in the Ceres Connection program have been discovered by the Lincoln Near Earth Asteroid Research project (LINEAR ).

Group Photo
Back Row: Principal Steve Zwisohn, Kenneth Lau, Betty Kolod, Mr. Rumpolo, Lyuba Azbel, Shaye Storm, Mr. Rosenfeld, Mr. Stack. Front Row: Mrs. Nicastri, Hayley Miskiewicz, Lindsey Tannenbaum

Lindseym, Stack, and Shaye
Lindsey Tannenbaum and Shaye Storm with their supervising teacher Mr. Stack

   

Nicastri, Kenneth, and Hayley
Kenneth Lau and Hayley Miskiewicz with their supervising teacher Mrs. Nicastri

Lyuba, Rumpolo, and Betty
Lyuba Azbel and Betty Kolod with their supervising teacher Mr. Rumpolo

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