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August 20, 1999
Dr. Robert Corey Georgia Juvelis
SDSM& 5 Professor of Physics Discovery Communications, Inc.
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RAPID CITY MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT NAMED A SEMIFINALIST IN NATIONAL SCIENCE CONTEST SPONSORED BY
DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
-- Semifinalists Are Contenders For Final Competition To Take Place
In October In Washington, D. C. --
The next Albert Einstein or Marie Curie may be among the 400 Discovery Young Scientist Challenge ( DYSC) semifinalists announced today in Bethesda, Maryland.
More than 1,100 middle school students from 46 states and the District of Columbia entered the DYSC, a new nationwide science competition for students in the fifth through eighth grades. Sponsored by Discovery Communications, Inc. ( DCI), in partnership with Science Service, the DYSC received local student nominations from winners of the High Plains Regional Science and Engineering Fair, held each spring at the campus of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. These students won an award at the High Plains regional fair and were then eligible to enter a written entry into the competition designed to reward young scientists who have the ability to communicate about science.
“ These 400 bright students show how we can help inspire America’s youth with the wonders of science.,” says John Hendricks, CEO, chairman and founder of DCI. “ We hope this contest will encourage students at this critical age to pursue their interest in science in high school, college and beyond.”
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Blake Campbell, 12, from South Middle School in Rapid City, was selected by the DYSC judges for his project entitled “ Are you sitting too close to the TV?”. Campbell’s project focused on potential hazards associated with some TV viewing habits.
As a semifinalist, Cambell is eligible to become one of 40 finalists who will be announced by DCI on Monday, September 13. Finalists will be invited to an all expenses paid trip to Washington, D. C. to compete in a “ science camp” October 13- 17 at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. For two days, student teams will be assigned different challenges, each of which will concentrate on a different discipline of science. Students will be judged on their individual communication skills, leadership skills and problem- solving abilities while working on these challenges. Students will also be judged on oral presentations of their original science projects.
On Sunday, October 17, DCI will announce the winners and award a $ 10,000 scholarship for first place, a $ 5,000 scholarship for second place, and a $ 3,000 for third place. The remaining finalists will receive $ 500-$ 1,000 in prizes.
For more information about the Discovery Young Scientist Challenge, including a complete listing of the names of the 400 semifinalists, their school, state and project title, please visit the DYSC website at www. discoveryschool. com/ dysc, or tune into the Discovery Science Channel, which will be the on- air host for the Discovery Young Scientist Challenge with regular contest updates and feature programming. For information about Science Service, please visit www. sciserv. org.
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