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Science Buddies at USASEF Catapult at USASEF


Science Buddies scientists and staff look forward to meeting visitors to the free USA Science & Engineering Festival (USASEF) Expo in Washington, D.C., April 26 and 27Stop by Booth 3722 in the Earth Sciences Pavilion, Hall C, to take a turn racing light-tracking bristlebots and putting your ping pong catapult skills to the test. Can you guide a bristlebot through a maze using a flashlight? Can you launch a ball into the target zone with the catapult?


Tons of Fun at the Expo for All Ages!

More than 1,000 scientific and engineering societies, universities, government agencies, high tech corporations and STEM outreach and community organizations will be presenting at the free Expo. In addition to getting hands-on with more than 3,000 exhibits, attendees will have the opportunity to meet science celebrities like Bill Nye the Science Guy, David Pogue, host of the NOVA ScienceNow series on PBS, and the Grammy Award-winning alternative music band "They Might Be Giants!"  


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Big Data and the Life Sciences


Big Data

Big Data Brings Big Opportunities for Students in Life Sciences

With data sets growing and growing and growing, developing tools and strategies for managing, using, and analyzing "big data" has become a correspondingly big challenge, one that developers and scientists are racing to solve. In the life sciences, the public availability of large data sets allows students to investigate cutting-edge biotechnology, genetics, and genomics research questions and encourages them to begin tackling questions raised by the continued growth of big data sets.  


Learn more about bioinformatics science projects for students and get an inside look at big data in a special Q&A with Melissa Rhoads, a biotechnology strategist at 

Lockheed Martin. Melissa will also be talking with students about big data at the USASEF X-STEM Symposium on April 24.




Google Science Fair


Think your science project is over? Maybe not. The project you did for your school or local science fair may be a project you can also enter in the 2014 Google Science Fair. Or, start from scratch with a new question you want to explore! 

Looking for ideas? Plug what you "love," what you are "good at," and what you "want to" into the Idea Springboard on the Google Science Fair website for project suggestions, science news, videos, and resources to inspire you and help as you brainstorm a project that turns your interests into platforms for science research and experimentation. You can also try the Science Buddies Topic Selection Wizard to find science, technology, engineering, and math projects that might be perfect for you! 
The submission deadline for this year's Google Science Fair is May 12, 2014.


Spotlighted Science Project Kit


Take a closer look at the Crystal Radio Kit used with the popular Build a Crystal Radio Science Buddies Project Idea. The kit's high-quality materials pair with an updated scientist-guided procedure, full of how-to photos, for a great hands-on student electronics experience. 


Featured Student Science Success Story


For this student, dyeing Easter eggs is both a family tradition and the basis of his winning fourth grade science fair project. Jeffery put the process of using silk ties to dye eggs to the test and ended up with a fascinating exploration of pH in the dyeing process


   Family Music Straws Science Activity Shake Up Energy Science Kit



Encourage Your Students to Share Their Science Project Experience!  


We love to highlight stories about student and teacher science project and science fair successes -- just like yours! Have your students submit photos of their projects to Science Buddies. They might end up featured in a success story on the Science Buddies Blog, in the spotlight at FacebookTwitter, Google+, or in the newsletter. Let us know, in photos, how the project went!




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