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“Why Science is Cool?” Video Contest July 18, 2010

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Hey all you media-savvy, science-loving school kids out there!

Kavli Science Video ContestHow would you like to win a trip to attend the 1st USA Science and Engineering Festival in October, plus up to $500 worth of electronic equipment for you and your team?

Then grab your video camera, a bunch of like-minded friends if you want, and make a 30-90 second video telling the world why you think science rocks.

Winning videos will be screened on the National Mall in Washington D.C. during the USA Science and Engineering Festival on October 22/23rd.

Deadline for submission is August 31, 2010.

Click for more information on the Kavli Science Video Contest.

The Festival is also hosting a bunch of other contests. So check those out too.

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Aspiration in Computing Award for female high school students July 11, 2010

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Know a high school girl that wants to be like Barbie? I mean, the newest computer engineer Barbie, of course. If so, then you should nominate her for this Aspiration in Computing Award  from the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT), a wonderful organization that seeks to change the face of technology by encouraging more young women to enter and stay in the computing professions.

Massachusetts will be giving out the inaugural regional affiliate award in November to recognize young women who demonstrate talent in computing and who have the desire to pursue higher education in the field of IT.

NCWIT doesn’t stop there. They also work hard to change the climate of the workplace so young (and not so young) women would feel welcome and thrive in their chosen career. And so it should be.

Nomination deadline is October 15th. Detailed nomination information here. Official online nomination form is here. Bay State residents can mail inquiries to macaa@itasoftware.com.

Good luck!! And no, you don’t have to look like Barbie to win.

Alissa Myrick’s letter to her 14-year-old self March 30, 2010

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Alissa is currently investigating tuberculosis as a Yerby Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Hey Shy Girl!

Let me tell you a couple of things. You are preparing yourself well for the “rest of your life” adventure, but there are a few things I need to tell you:

1) Keep doing things you love to do, even if you’re “just okay” at them.  Running, swimming, hiking, tennis.  You may not be able to invest in expensive sports glasses and you haven’t been training since you were 4 years old and the whole “competitive team” thing amplifies your shyness.  Take a deep breath; accept the middle, and DO THESE THINGS ANYWAY.  If the team at school stresses you out, check out the YMCA or community center or join a club at your church.  Run, swim, hike, play tennis with other folk who WANT TO HAVE FUN TOO.  Challenge your body, even if you aren’t an Olympian.

WHY?

It turns out that the things you love and you’re “just okay” at will help you stay balanced and creative and happy in your life. You’re going to end up wanting to do science in some pretty far-out places – you’ll need your body and your mind to excel.  Trust me – there are some National Geographic moments coming up and you want to be ready for them!

2) Stay loyal to your “misfit” crew of friends. I know the social scene is pretty tough right now….okay, it’s REALLY tough right now.  You’re smart, you’re a late bloomer, you wear glasses, you’re quiet, you’re African-American, you’re articulate.  You are so many things that don’t make you “cool” in your high school.  (more…)

Ishara Mills-Henry’s letter to her young self March 25, 2010

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As a young girl, Ishara thought about becoming an artist or an astronaut. She also thought about joining the Peace Corps.

Dear Pumpkin,

You are growing up fast and are soon heading to the dreaded freshman year in high school.  I know you are extremely shy, a little unsure of yourself and not sure what you are good at.  Where do I begin?  How can I give you advice on all of the things that will be important to your success when you “grow up”?  The first thing is that word success.  You will learn that it means different things to different people.  One thing you should remember is to never let someone else dictate your success.

Sure, it is important to get advice and to listen to mentors who will assist you and support you along life’s journey.  But ultimately you have to find out what is meaningful to you and determine how you want to define a successful life.

Since you are still trying to figure out what you are good at, right now I know you are interested in so many things, it almost changes every week!  One week it is an artist, the next week it is joining the Peace Corps, the following week it is an astronaut, and sometimes it seems that you have not one clue.   That’s o.k., you don’t have to have it all figured out. Even your older self is still figuring out exactly what she wants to do when she “grows up”.  (more…)

Lucie N’Guessan’s letter to her 15-year-old self March 23, 2010

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Lucie comes from a family of scientists and engineers, and she currently works in Texas as an environmental engineer. In her spare time Lucie loves to dance, travel, socialize with friends and scuba dive.

Dear Lucie,

How are you doing these days? I heard you will be going to college in a couple of years. That is, of course, if you pass that much dreaded exam that will determine your true fate. You must be so stressed out! I have faith, however, that you will make it; and once you do, what are you plans for your future? Do you know what you would like to do next? Do you know what you would like to do for the rest of your life?

Before you answer these questions, I would like to point out this single fact:

You do not have to decide today what you would like to do for the rest of your life.

You are a bright girl with the ability to accomplish whatever you set your mind to. You could be a culinary master today, a nutritionist tomorrow, and the day after a medical doctor or (more…)