Science Fair Season: Twelve Kids, A Robot Named Scorch . . . And What It Takes To Win by Judy DuttonScience Fair Season: Twelve Kids, A Robot Named Scorch . . . And What It Takes To Win by Judy Dutton

Science Fair Season: Twelve Kids, A Robot Named Scorch . . . And What It Takes To Win

byJudy Dutton

Hardcover | April 19, 2011

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This is the engaging true story of kids competing in the high-stakes, high-drama world of international science fairs. Every year the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair brings together 1,500 high schoolers from more than 50 countries to compete for over $4 million dollars in prizes and scholarships. These amazing kids are doing everything from creating bionic prosthetics to conducting groundbreaking stem cell research, from training drug-sniffing cockroaches to building a nuclear reactor. InScience Fair Season, Judy Dutton follows twelve teens looking for science fair greatness and tells the gripping stories of their road to the big competition. Some will win, some will lose, but all of their lives are changed forever.

The Intel International Science & Engineering Fair is the most prominent science fair in the country, and it takes a special blend of drive, heart, and smarts to win there. Dutton goes inside the inner sanctum of science fair competitions and reveals the awe-inspiring projects and the competitors there. Each of the kids--ranging from a young Erin Brokovich who made the FBI watch list for taking on a big corporation, to a quietly driven boy who lives in a run-down trailer on a Navajo reservation, to a wealthy Connecticut girl who dreams of being an actress and finds her calling studying bees, to a troubled teenager in a juvenile detention facility, to the next Bill Gates--take readers on an unforgettable journey.

Along the way,Science Fair Seasongives readers a glimpse of America's brightest young minds and shows how our country is still a place for inventors and dreamers--the "geeks" our future depends upon.
Judy Duttonis a writer and editor living in Brooklyn, New York. After graduating from Harvard with a degree in English and American Literature, she's contributed toCosmopolitan, Maxim, Glamour, Redbook, Women's Health, The Knot, The Nest,,, and other magazines. She's covered a range of topics including dating, relation...
Title:Science Fair Season: Twelve Kids, A Robot Named Scorch . . . And What It Takes To WinFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 6 × 1 inPublished:April 19, 2011Publisher:Hachette BooksLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A delightful book, a must read This brief, engaging book tells the extraordinary stories of 11 kids who competed in science fairs, 6 in the 2009 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Reno, Nevada, and 5 who competed in past competitions. The stories are fast-paced, and draw the reader into the lives of the competitors. You're with them as they encounter and overcome obstacles that would cause most to crumble (e.g., abuse in The Meltdown, life in a juvenile detention facility in Stars Behind Bars, poverty in The Junkyard Genius, leprosy in "Me? Leprosy?"). You watch as their science fair experiences change who they are and what they will become (e.g., Eliza and the Bees, where Eliza, the promising actress, develops a love of a science, and Listening to Lorena where Kayla develops a love of linguistics). As you read each story of the 6 who will compete at ISEF 2009 (The Radioactive Whiz Kid, "Me? Leprosy?", Horse Therapy, The Meltdown, Eliza and the Bees, The Next Bill Gates), decide for yourself who will win, then see how your predictions match up with the actual decisions in the second to last chapter "And The Winner Is ..." If I had one very minor quibble, it is that I would have wished for a bit more on the judging process, including more about encounters with the various types of judges, including the Nice Judge, Mean Judge, Poker-faced Judge, Clueless Judge, and Butterfly Enthusiast Judge, as the brief outline of the judging raises many interesting questions. Read this book, you won't be disappointed.
Date published: 2011-06-16

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"We must teach our kids that it's not just the winner of the Superbowl that needs to be celebrated but the winner of the science fair."-President Barack Obama, State of the Union Address