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For Science!

Carnegie Mellon University recently had its third annual Build-18 festival.  It’s basically a science fair for college-level electrical and computer engineering students.  WPXI wrote a story about some of the inventions this year – a mind-controlled car, a desktop levitator, and the Embarrass-You-Awakinator, among other things.  And they were all built in less than a week, with practically no budget, from whatever parts the students could find.

101 Things You Wish You’d Invented …And Some You Wish No One Had
by Tracey Turner and Richard Horne

Maybe you have an idea for a really cool product like these, but you don’t think you’ll ever be the one to build it.  Maybe you don’t think you’re good at science and math, or that they’re boring, or there’s so much work it’s not worth it.  But it doesn’t have to be that way!  I mean, if you think inventing mind-controlled cars for a living is boring, then I don’t know if I can help you.  But you definitely don’t have to be overwhelmed by the work.

Math Doesn’t Suck: How to Survive Middle School Math Without Losing Your Mind or Breaking a Nail
by Danica McKellar

Did you know that there already aren’t enough people doing science and technology jobs?  Even when unemployment is high, tech companies have trouble finding people with the skills they need.  Because this shortage of employees is only expected to get worse, schools, libraries, and other educational organizations are developing tools to help you get ready now, as a middle or high school student.

How to Be a Genius
by John Woodward

For example, there’s a page of the Carnegie Library’s website that focuses on science, technology, engineering, and math.  Whether you’re interested in a career as an inventor or you just need help with next week’s exam, this is a good place to start.  Make sure you look at the tab for Pittsburgh STEM if you’re interested in joining a group or entering a contest.

Plant and Animal Science Fair Projects: Using Beetles, Weeds, Seeds, and More
by Yael Calhoun

Of course, you can also visit your library to find out if there are any other contests or events in your area, and for more homework help and ideas.   And feel free to share your cool inventions with us when they’re ready!

-Denise

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