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!
Alexander Ivanov and Rajiv Nelakanti, Cupertino Middle School
Apple iPad Mini for each student
Niyati Sriram, Cupertino Middle School
“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
Shivalika Chavan, Kennedy Middle School
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!