Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

N.M. Stars Rise Above U.S. Science Education.(Final)

Byline: John Fleck Journal Staff Writer

* While advocates see need for teaching improvements, international fair projects stand out

CLEVELAND The science at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair is sometimes goofy, sometimes top notch, and frequently both.

Take Tristan Williams, a 15-year-old sophomore at Mayfield High School in Las Cruces who is trying to figure out how to train drug-sniffing cockroaches.

Or Sarah Fayad, a senior at Piedra Vista High School in Farmington who wondered if there was a better way to insert new genes into a cell.

The work of Williams, Fayad and the more than 1,300 students from around the world shows the best the United States and the world have to offer. Science education advocates here say the display of talent belies the overall state of science and technology education, which faces severe difficulties in the United States today. …

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