Parkinson and Ed Sawyer participated as judges in the Northeastern
Ohio Science and Engineering Fair on 9 March as representatives
of the Northern Ohio Chapter of ASIS. We looked at ten experiment
out of several hundred that we felt to be in the Information Science
area. Of the ten, we chose three that demonstrated project originality
and outstanding knowledge of the project coupled with an excellent
research methodology. Each of the three participants were aware
of the limitations of their research and had ideas as to what could
be done in the future.
a first place certificate and a fifty dollar check from NORASIS
to Andy Needham, an 8th grader, for his project entitled Artificial
Intelligence: Reality or Science Fiction. His experiment consisted
of a robot that he made from a kit. The robot carried photo voltaic
cells to sense light. His experiment was to determine if the robot's
memory improved with repetitive trials using variables such as obstacles
constructed from transparent and opaque bottles. His understanding
of the subject area was impressive; the work was his own with minimal
technical support; and his notebook was well organized and very
complete with the addition of a short history of Artificial Intelligence.
were presented to mark the accomplishments of two other students.
The first went
to Tali Toltzis, a seventh grader, who developed an experiment based
on her experiences in trying to teach her grandmother how to use
a computer. She set up a series of tests for subjects of different
age groups --teenagers, middle age, and older. These tests measured
the subject's ability to use a mouse and to navigate a computer
screen. This experiment demonstrated a high level of originality.
The third certificate
was presented to Heather Wood, an eighth grader for her project
entitled Spatial Learning and Long Term Memory in a Colony of
Female Mus Musculus. Her experiment involved several methods
to measure memory development in mice. Her project was well illustrated
through the use of photos, drawings, and charts. Her methodology
was impressive in terms of following the scientific method.
--Edmond J. Sawyer
When: Tuesday, 23 March, 1999 from 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Where: Responsive Data Services, Inc., 23611 Chagrin Blvd.,
Suite 320, Beachwood
Data Services produces electronic information resources (online,
CD-ROM and Internet) for use by public, academic and special libraries
and by business professionals. Current databases include Business
& Industry, TableBase, Business & Management Practices, and Contemporary
A presentation will be made by Dick Harris, President of RDS. Mr.
Harris was previously President of Predicasts, Executive Vice President
at Cordura Publications, Senior Vice President at the Institute
for Scientific Information, and served on the boards of Biological
Abstracts and the National Federation of Abstracting and Indexing
Services. He also served as a member of the US Committee for the
UNESCO Program for Information and on the Advisory Committees at
the Schools of Library and Information Science at Syracuse University
and Kent State University.