In many cases, the first practicing chemist a student meets will be the judge at the local science fair. To find out when and where these science fairs will be held, call your local schools or search the Web for "science fairs." As an ACS volunteer mentor or judge, you will be able to see the incredible level of focus, energy, sophistication, intelligence, commitment, and diversity in these entrants. These are our science stars of tomorrow, and they need to be encouraged. Over the past five years, I have been active in local and international science and engineering fairs. I started as a member of the organizing committee and as a judge at the local Intel George Washington Carver Science Fair. My involvement expanded with an invitation to judge at Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF--the largest science fair in the world) in San Jose, Calif., in 2001.
by HOWARD PETERS, DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE |
January 31, 2005