"Science is Power!"
The mission of International Public Science Day is:
The International Public Science Day program fosters an increase in the public understanding of science by facilitating partnerships between formal and informal science institutions. The theme for this year's program is "Science is Power! Energy Everywhere."
The following Thematic Inspiration Statements support the program's identity for 2002:
The following teams are participating in the program.
In connection with International Public Science Day, Unisys Corporation is proud to announce that "The 2002 Unisys Prize for Online Science Education" has been awarded to Keep the Heat. This competitive award recognizes outstanding use of the web as a tool for science investigation.
"The Unisys Prize for Online Science Education" program encourages the participating teams to use the web as their science workbench, building project webspaces which will be in competition for the prize. The prize also offers science centers and schools a chance to distinguish themselves in the online educational community.
In order to participate, a science center needs to identify a partner school. Together, the science center and school select a third partner (high school, college/university, local scientist, hospital, local industry, or similar entity.) That three-way partnership becomes a participating team. Working together, the team plans and conducts an inquiry-based science investigation around the theme ("Science is Power! Energy Everywhere.") Meanwhile, a project webspace is created to provide an online exhibition of how the web can be used as a workbench for science education. Either in advance of or on International Public Science Day, the teams showcase their work in their local communities. That showcase may be held at any appropriate location, including (but not limited to) the science center, the school, the third partner site, a local community center, a municipal government meeting, etc.
On March 20, each team participated in the International Showcase of Science, an online event through which each team shared their work. The exact nature of the showcase performance was determined by the content of the teams' projects. Some possible examples include a science demonstration, a multimedia presentation, or a dramatic rendering of the events. The International Showcase of Science was a web-based event. Each team needed to have in place the technical infrastructure to send and receive video via the web. The team's participation in the event can originate from any site, not limited to the participating partner sites.
On September 22-23, 2001, representatives of each team attended an orientation conference in Washington, DC. All travel expenses were paid for two participants, with the third partner also welcome and encouraged to attend at their own expense as a cost-share demonstration. At that conference, each team received a mini-grant in the amount of $4,000.00 (four thousand dollars) to be used to support the program activities.
In April, 2002, a panel of judges met to review the content of the webspaces. This judging panel selected the winner of "The Unisys Prize for Online Science Education" which carries a cash award in the amount of $10,000 (US$), with the proceeds to be split between the partners. One runner-up and two honorable mentions were also selected this year.
The following documents provide useful information about the program.
If you have any other questions about the program, please contact: