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Book Review: Science Fair Season: Twelve Kids, a Robot Named Scorch . . . and What It Takes to Win by Judy Dutton

Review by Erika Engelhaupt

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10:11am, April 22, 2011

Ask most teenagers to name a path to fame and fortune, and basketball or Justin Bieber will likely come up. But for a select few, there’s one clear answer: science fair. Millions of dollars in prize money, TV interviews and trips to the White House await today’s winners, and Dutton gives a glimpse behind the poster boards of 12 kids vying for the nation’s top honors.

Every year, more than 1,500 high schoolers from around the world convene for the science fair Super Bowl, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, a program of Society for Science & the Public, which also publishes Science News. Dutton tells the stories of seven contestants in Intel ISEF 2009, plus five competitors from previous years whose stories have become the stuff of science fair legend.

Among them are Kelydra Welcker, whose work on chemical contaminants in her West Virginia

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