S3 - Super Science Searches a program for Cupertino Middle School Students sponsored by the Cupertino Library Foundation

S3 Summer Science Contest Winners 2013

Sponsored by the Cupertino Library Foundation
in conjunction with the Cupertino Library

The Cupertino Library Foundation announced the winners of their second annual S3-Super Science Searches Summer Contest for Cupertino Union School District middle-school students. First Place-each receiving Apple iPad Minis are the team of Alexander Ivanov and Rajiv Nelakanti, both out-going 7th graders of Cupertino Middle School. Second Place-receiving $100 cash is Niyati Sriram, an out-going 8th grader from Cupertino Middle School; and Third Place-receiving $50 cash is Shivalika Chavan, an out-going 8th grader from Kennedy Middle School. 

 

Congratulations 2013 S3 Summer Contest Winners!

(photo Matt Wilson/Cupertino Courier) Winners in the S3-Super Science Searches summer contest receive their prizes and awards from Bev Lenihan, S3 project manager and Cupertino Library Foundation board member, during a reception Aug. 16 at the library. The contest challenged students to do scientific research and critical thinking over the summer.

(photo Matt Wilson/Cupertino Courier)
Winners in the S3-Super Science Searches summer contest (Left to Right) Alexander Ivanov and Rajiv Nelakanti (First Place); Bev Lenihan, S3 project manager and Cupertino Library Foundation board member; Kiyati Sriram (Second Place); and Shiyalika Chayan (Third Place).

FIRST PLACE
Alexander Ivanov and Rajiv Nelakanti, Cupertino Middle School

Apple iPad Mini for each student

SECOND PLACE:
Niyati Sriram, Cupertino Middle School

$100 Cash

“The S3 is a great way for students in middle school to express themselves creatively within the field of science. I learned so much not just about the topic, but other things as well, things I would have certainly not learned otherwise. It’s not easy to work proactively on such a project over summer, believe me. I think that anyone who participates is to be commended – and deserves a smiley face: 😀 !” ~ Niyati Sriram

THIRD PLACE:
Shivalika Chavan, Kennedy Middle School
$50 Cash

 
Thank you to our student judges for reviewing more than 200 entries!

Thank you to our student judges for reviewing more than 200 entries this year!

 

Cupertino Middle School students and family packed the S3 Contest awards ceremony.

Cupertino Middle School students and family packed the S3 Contest awards ceremony.

 

With parental permission, CUSD Middle School students could enter as teams or as individuals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cupertino Middle School Students Took
The S3 Summer Science Challenge in 2013:

The Cupertino Library Foundation sponsored it’s second annual S3-Super Science Searches Summer Science Contest for 6th-8th grade students in the Cupertino Union School District (CUSD). The 2013 S3 Summer contest attracted record participation with:

  • 206 Registrants
  • 63 Entries (individuals or teams)
  • 12 Finalists
  • 4 winners

CUSD Middle School students stepped up to the S3 challenge by addressing a specific science problem:

What are the advantages and disadvantages of technological advances?

Recently, we heard about a 3-D printer being able to print out the elements of a working gun. It is reported living organs have been grown in these 3-D printers as well. “Smart” glasses are now available, and soon “smart clothing.” Medical devices increasingly rely on electronic elements for their functionality. Social media relies on our vast networks to function seamlessly 24x7x365.

There are advantages and disadvantages to these technological advances. The contest planners require that your report consider at least the following items, but encourage innovative approaches that go beyond these requirements:

  • Name and describe at least three recent technological advances
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of these advances, as reported in technical journals and the popular media
  • Describe one hypothetical technological advance, its pros and cons
  • Address the ethical, security and safety issues in all cases

Finally, if you were sitting on a panel to decide about a proposed technological advancement, what 10 questions would you ask?

A Wide Variety of Entry Topics

Graphene…Reviving Extinct Species…Google Car…Teleportation…Prenatal DNA…GPS…Online Education…Advanced Lie Detector…Brain Implants…”Fracking”…3D Printed Drones…The Silent Whistle for Seagulls…Advanced Touchscreens…Clone Yourself…Advanced Communication Devices for Special Needs Children…Nao Robot…Brain Gate…Genetically Modified Viruses…Nanotechnology…Edible Vaccines…Super-fast Jets…Social Media…Virtual Reality…Google Glass…Large-scale Data Mining…Space Exploration…Warp Drive…Robot Automations for Home…3D Printers…Vaccine Patch…Uranium Crystals…Chromosome Deactivation…Parallel Universes…Hybrid Cars…Nuclear Energy…Genetic Engineering…Tube Express…Sixth Sense…HeartMate II…LEAP Motion Controller…and many more! 

Click here to learn more about S3 Super Science Searches for Cupertino Middle School students sponsored by the Cupertino Library Foundation.