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Smith Student Wins State Contest With Poem About Buckyballs

Yay for Livermore third-grader Sarah Rudd! (But what's a buckyball?)

Forget trying to be smarter than a fifth-grader. There's a third-grader in Livermore besting us in science smarts.

Sarah Rudd, from Emma C. Smith Elementary School, was selected as the winner of the 2012 California Chemistry Week Poem Contest, third- to fifth-grade category, for her five-line submission on buckyballs.


As Sarah explains in her poem, buckyballs are small. Like really small. You can't see them. But they are important because, umm, ...

Actually, let's have Sarah tell us. Her poem says it all and says it better:

"Buckyballs are small.

Buckyballs are so small you can't see them at all.

Quantum dots are just the same.

They can't be seen—it's insane.

Nanotech is technology smaller than the eye can see!"

The American Chemical Society, sponsor of the poetry contest, selected Sarah as winner for her word choice and imagery, adherence to poem
style, originality and creativity, and overall presentation.

Her entry now has been submitted to the national contest.

Go, Sarah!





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