CISL reaches out to young scientists in Wyoming

By Brian Bevirt
03/06/2012 - 12:00am
WyomingMarc Mueller of UCAR’s School and Public Programs presented hands-on science demonstrations to students at the 2012 Wyoming State Science Fair in Laramie. CISL's exhibit also featured information about the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC) in Cheyenne.

CISL partnered with the University of Wyoming (UW) to recognize outstanding young scientists at the Wyoming State Science Fair in Laramie on 5-6 March 2012. CISL provided judges for the science fair and staffed an information exhibit at the reception between the fair and the awards ceremony. CISL and UW presented special awards in Geoscience and in Computer Science and Mathematics.

In Geoscience, Elizabeth McGinnis and Desiree Hayes of Big Piney Middle School won the junior award for their radon research project entitled “Invisible Invader,” and Ryan Sylvester of Greybull High School won the senior award for “Improving Soil Chemistry to Optimize Sagebrush Growth.” CISL and UW awarded prizes in Computer Science and Mathematics to Noah Gans of Lander Middle School for “Baseball Statistics” and to Maurice Shih of Laramie High School for “Novel Steps into the Research and Optimization of the Odd Power Factoring Method.”

CISL encourages the development of young people’s scientific curiosity and seeks opportunities to inform K-12 students about computational science and mathematics. We cultivate interest in the processes of discovery to inspire students to enter careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. We also teach that computational science is more than just computer programming, it is investigation and reasoning to answer questions and solve problems. These outreach efforts are part of CISL's partnership with the State, University, and business community of Wyoming.