Not Your Father’s Science Fair

C’mon, America. You think we can just get by on Lindsay Lohan sightings and  trending topics on Twitter? Back in the day — the “Mad Men” day, if we must — real Americans were shamed when people in other countries beat them in something intellectual. Sputnik went up and the people in charge decided our country’s IQ needed a major goosing. That was the day of the science fair, the Space Race and nerdy guys with pocket protectors.

Well, some smart people have decided that it’s Sputnik time again.  “The USA has a crisis brewing,” say the organizers of the NJ Science and Engineering Festival, which will try to make science, technology and engineering alluring to a whole new generation with a two-day science fair this weekend. The fair is split between two locations — Clifton High School and the Caldwell Airport — where a variety of coolness will be on display. Shuttles will connect the two venues.

Check out the website to see all the attractions, which range from robotics to reptiles. The global microscope (pictured at top) will be on display both days at the airport and it looks and sounds pretty cool.

If you can’t be an astronaut, the Global Microscope might just be the next best thing! This five-foot-diameter globe, sitting at the heart of the Jennifer A. Chalsty Center for Science Learning and Teaching, displays a spectacular view of our planet in motion.

At the airport, the U.S. Coast Card plans a fly-in and experimental aircraft will be on display.

The fair goes both Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 23 and 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Clifton High School, 333 Colfax Ave., Clifton. The Airport is at 35 Wright Way in Caldwell.

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  1. Ah, the days when our leaders encouraged us to strive for more…

    Instead we now get “go shopping” and “hope” for something (still not sure what I’m supposed to “hope” for…).

    Oh, well. Perhaps America will roll up it’s collective sleeve and get to it. But let’s not forget that Google, Facebook, etc. were created in the last few years- they employ computer “scientists.”

    And don’t forget the SHAMWOW and the SLAP CHOP!! Let’s see the commies invent those.

  2. Scientists and engineers? That’s what H1B visas and outsourcing is for.

    What’s the opinion of baristaveille on the use of prepositions at the end of sentences?

  3. This from Grammarphobia, a blog by Patricia T. O’Conner and Stewart Kellerman:

    TOMBSTONE: It’s wrong to end a sentence with a preposition.
    R.I.P. We can blame an 18th-century English clergyman named Robert Lowth for this one. He wrote the first grammar book saying a preposition (a positioning word, like at, by, for, into, off, on, out, over, to, under, up, with) shouldn’t go at the end of a sentence. This idea caught on, even though great literature from Chaucer to Shakespeare to Milton is bristling with sentences ending with prepositions. Nobody knows just why the notion stuck—possibly because it’s closer to Latin grammar, or perhaps because the word “preposition” means “position before,” which seemed to mean that a preposition can’t come last.

    At any rate, this is a rule that modern grammarians have long tried to get us out from under.

  4. As Winston Churchill said, “Ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.”

  5. is something up with which I will not put.
    is not something I will put up with.

    have long tried to get us out from under.
    under from which have tried to get us out.

    Shakespeare versus Churchill

  6. I believe that even the estimable & esteemed William Safire was willing to boldly go where few grammarians have gone before & assert that it was acceptable sentences to end prepositions with.

    Or was that Yoda I’m thinking of? I’m not quite awake yet.

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