Young Scientist Challenge
from the Society for Science and the Public

Santa Clara Valley Science and Engineering Fair Association

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NOTE: SSP-MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRAM has been suspended for 2009 while a sponsor is located.

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SSP Middle School Program is different from DYSC, Discovery Education Young Scientist Challenge  

This program is different from what we at Society for Science & the
Public are offering through nominations at your science fair; SSP
does not have a role in the 2008 Discovery Education Young Scientist

The major difference in the two competitions is that our Society for Science & the Public (SSP) Middle School Program is still based on a student's science fair project and a written entry whereas Discovery's new "YSC" has broadened their audience to any student in grades 5 through 8 who submit a "one- to two-minute video about a specific scientific concept which they will select from a list of five concepts provided by YSC judges."

The SSP Board of Trustees is committed to financing and running our own
program that continues to support both the science education values
that we believe in as well as to support our affiliated fair network
by requiring nominees to have completed an independent research
project and to have been judged among the best of their local,
regional or state science fair.

In summary,

 - The SSP Middle School Program is our program that replaces
our involvement with the DCYSC. The SSP Middle School Program is
being offered at your fair as a prize to your 1st and 2nd place
award winners.

- Your fair nominees register via a new online registration system and will also be able to come back and submit their written entry by
the Wednesday, June 4, 2008 deadline. This entry involves 4 essay
questions based on the science fair project that they competed with
in your fair. The fair submits a masterlist to SSP within 15 days
of your fair to SSP.

 - If an SSP Middle School Program nominee enters by the June 4
deadline, they will receive an entry prize and compete nationally to
be one of 300 semifinalists and then ultimately, one of 30 finalists.

 - Each of the SSP Middle School Program finalists and an
accompanying parent will win an all-expenses paid trip to
Washington, DC, October 18-22, 2008 to compete for top prizes and
science experiences.

Finally, there is no barrier to any of your students entering the
Discovery program. SSP puts no restriction on SSP Middle School
Program Nominees "choosing" our competition over the Discovery's
video competition. We encourage those interested to enter both,
but hope that you will help clarify for your winning nominees the
opportunity that SSP Middle School Program affords them.

Michele C. Glidden,
Director of Science Education Programs

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