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Christina Crabtree, a high school senior from Pennsylvania, conducted a science experiment extracting pheromones from the sweat of heterosexual and homosexual females to see which scent appealed to heterosexuals.
She found that people
prefer the sweat of their own sexuality. Christina's findings could
prove change the field of behavioral science, and it was just one of
the 40 student science projects at this year's Intel Science Fair.
Johanna Waldman, from New York, focused on why students cheat. About 90 percent of her subjects admitted to some form of cheating. Her analysis suggested academic pressure and goal orientation are the most influential factors in student cheating.
Easwaran, also from New York, focused on helping teenagers sleep better.
He found that a later school start improved his subjects' test scores.
In Silicon Valley, California, the heart of the technology industry, as many as one-third of approximately 150,000 tech jobs are held by foreign-born folks. More than 65 percent are from China and India.
Senator John Mc
Cain, the Vietnam
Vet who ran for president, is sponsoring a bill to make it easier
for people born outside the U.S. with degrees in science, math, engineering
and technology to come to America.
The money in the U.S. is too great to ignore. In Silicon Valley, $46,000 a year is considered a low salary, while in India the average person makes $1,800 a year.
This leaves many developing nations with a shortage of brainpower. Imagine if the brightest science minds of the U.S. went to other places -- if Bill Gates and Microsoft moved to Beijing or Doctors Collins and Venter took their human genome work to New Delhi.
This would mean
a tremendous loss of money and scientific "firsts" for the
Studies show that kids in elementary school say they like science and think it's fun. But by the time they're in middle school, most are turned off. Relatively few Americans study science in college and even fewer pursue masters or doctoral degrees in the field.
In the Third International
Math and Science Study, U.S. students scored far below many other developed
nations. The results are distressing because in the past four years
alone, there has been a big push by educators and businesses to improve
science and math scores.
Stanford last year gave out more than 50 percent of its Bachelor of Science degrees to foreign-born students.
Whereas the digital
divide separates technology from the poor, a science and technology
divide is widening between American born people and foreign newcomers.
The National Commission
on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century is putting
a comprehensive plan together to improve American instruction in math
This year's Intel Science winner was Mariangela Lisanti of Westport, Connecticut. Lisanti developed a new measurement apparatus that collects data at an unprecedented rate and is applicable to a wide range of studies. She is the third female in three years to win the top prize.
What do you think? Do you like Biology and Chemistry? Do the smartest students in your school want to become scientists or writers for the Simpsons? What can teachers do to make science more interesting?
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