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									Winners Named in Statewide AT and T Virtual Science Challenge The winners of the AT&T Virtual Science Challenge, a program developed by the Louisville Science Center, were announced at a Winners' Celebration in the center's IMAX Theatre on Friday, Oct. 10. The Challenge was a statewide, online competition where students used video and Internet technology to develop creative solutions to science challenges. AT&T Chairman Randall Stephenson, Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Secretary Helen Mountjoy, AT&T Kentucky President Joan Coleman and Louisville Science Center Executive Director Joanna Haas made remarks and presented the awards. "It is critically important that we band together to address the science literacy challenge in America," said Science Center Executive Director Joanna Haas. "This initiative speaks volumes for what can be done to capture kid's interest, pull them in through the use of technology, challenge them to hypothesize, investigate and communicate their findings, and have a lot of fun along the way." The competition was open to Kentucky students entering grades 5-10. Twenty-seven entries were received from 13 Kentucky counties. Prizes were awarded in each age group category, grades 5-7 and grades 8-10. The grand prize in each category was $1,000 cash and a Super Scientist membership to the Louisville Science Center. The winners in the grades 5-7 category were: grand prize, Katherine Speece of Christian Academy of Louisville; first prize: Morgan Jessee of Barret Traditional Middle School; second prize: Benjamin Baughman of Highlands Latin School; third prize: a team entry by Clay Chapman of Hancock County Middle School and Ryan Emmick of North Hancock County Middle School; and honorable mention: Christiane Mura of St. Patrick School. Winners in the grades 8-10 category were: grand prize, Ian Timothy of St. Stephen Martyr School; first prize, a team entry by Emily Mann of Shelby County High School and Travis Saling of North Bullitt High School; second prize, Shannon Murray of Mercer King Middle School in Washington County; third prize, Aleisha Jones of Majesty Academy in Daviess County; and honorable mention, a team entry by Megan Lenahan and Emily Schmitt, of St. Margaret Mary School. Entries were judged based on scientific merit, creativity and the ability to communicate ideas. The winners were determined by a combination of judges' scores and public votes. Contest judges were Dr. Thomas Barnes, Extension Professor and Wildlife Specialist for the University of Kentucky's Department of Forestry; Amy Eckhardt, Director of the Office of Scholar Development at Western Kentucky University's Honors Center; and Rudolph Spencer III, Student Body President and Trustee of the University of Louisville's Student Government Association. The AT&T Virtual Science Challenge encouraged the development of science, math, engineering and technology skills as students worked individually or in teams to tackle unconventional science challenges and used video to post their solutions online. Challenge categories included Take It Outside, where participants can become eco-explorers as they turn

outdoor fun into serious science; Quit Bugging Me, a challenge to take action to solve everyday annoyances; and SuperYou, for those dreaming of life with a superpower. Additional funding for the Challenge was provided by Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. and the UPS Foundation. For more information or to view the top entries, visit http://www.virtualsciencechallenge.com/. The Louisville Science Center is a nonprofit educational institution that encourages people of all ages to enjoy science, mathematics and technology in a stimulating and engaging environment that is educational as well as entertaining. The Science Center houses the first IMAX Theatre in Kentucky, serves more than 500,000 people annually and receives generous support from the Louisville Metro Government. Source: Louisville Science Center


								
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