It was the year 2010 and Catherine’s Bee Project turned out to be very interesting indeed. It turns out that shiny reflective scaffolds for solar panels make “bees go crazy, lose orientation and drop to their deaths”. Matte black frames around the solar panel are just fine however, and bees have no interest in them. The project title was “The Effect of Various Surfaces on the Behavior of Managed Bees” [http://www.usc.edu/CSSF/History/2010?Projects/J2425.pdf].
Winning first place in Junior Zoology at OCSEF, it went on to the California State Science Fair and seemed to stop there... But this turns out to be an illusion...
Published: March 29, 2011
Updated: 2:43 p.m.
By PAULA GOLDEN
Executive director, Irvine-based Broadcom Foundation, which supports science fair competitions in U.S. middle schools
Those of us who grew up near NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, a region where in the 1950s sonic booms rumbled across the sky from experimental jet planes pushing the outer edge of the envelope, experienced firsthand how a complacent America was spurred into action on space by the Sputnik launch in October 1957. That beach-ball-size Soviet satellite spurred an inexorable team effort by millions of Americans in business, government and education – tapping our pioneer spirit to win the space race in one giant leap – reaching the moon first and ushering in revolutionary technological breakthroughs that continue to define our world.
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