Question Sheet: Challenging the Forces of Nature
- What roles can science play in a natural disaster?
- What is the Discovery Channel, and why would this company sponsor a science
- What sorts of problems did the finalists at this year’s Discovery Channel
Young Scientists Challenge have to solve?
- How did students make waves for their “Tsunami Science” challenge?
- Why was it important for the students to create a video explaining their
- What was the theme for this year’s DCYSC competition? Why do you think this
was chosen as the theme?
- Why was planning ahead important for completing the challenges in the
- What did Garrett Yazzie teach his teammates about communication?
- Why do organizations sponsor science fairs and contests? How does it benefit
both students and organizations?
- One of the things that the students said they learned is that planning is
important in a disaster. How would you relate this observation to the recent
response to Hurricane Katrina?
- Compare the description of this science contest with one of the other
contests that Science News for Kids has reported on. How are the
competitions similar and different? See http://www.sciencenewsforkids.org/articles/20050601/Feature1.asp
(http://www.intel.com/education/isef/) or http://www.sciencenewsforkids.org/articles/20031224/Feature1.asp
- How is science important in cleaning up a natural disaster?
- Come up with a problem that might fit under the DCYSC theme of “Forces of
Nature.” Describe what the students would have to do. How would you judge and
score the results?
In the challenge “In Case of Emergency,” each team of students worked with a member of an organization known as Doctors Without Borders. What does this organization do? When was it founded? Where has it gone most recently to help in a natural disaster? See www.doctorswithoutborders.org/ (Doctors Without Borders).
- The Discovery Channel will broadcast a program about the 2005 DCYSC on
Sunday, Dec. 18, at 12 noon. Write the script for a short radio or TV segment
advertising the program.
- Write a letter explaining why you should be invited to the DCYSC contest
next year as a reporter.
About 75,000 students competed in regional or state science fairs across the United States this year. Of these students, 1,976 entered the 2005 DCYSC, 400 became semifinalists, and 40 were selected as finalists. What percentage of all students who entered a regional or state science fair became a DCYSC semifinalist? finalist?