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Intel’s International Science and Engineering Fair
Posted by: McQ on Tuesday, May 13, 2008

I'm stoked about Thursday.

I've been invited to attend and cover the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) taking place here in Atlanta. Sponsored by Intel, it is the science and engineering fair for high school students with over 1500 participants from almost 50 countries setting up their projects as we speak. They're all finalists who've worked their way through various state, regional and national fairs to get to what many describe as the "Superbowl" of science and engineering fairs.

This is truly the big-time for these students - more than $4 million in scholarships, tuition grants, scientific equipment and trips is up for grabs.

Obviously, then, we're not talking about "how a volcano works" type projects. The titles of a couple projects may give you an idea of the level of scientific sophistication on display there. "A Study on the Neuroprotective properties of Epigallocatechin-3-Gallate (EGCG) in Relation to P25-Activated Cyclin-Dependent Kinase 5 (Cdk5): Implications for Alzheimer's Disease" presented by a 16 year old in the Biochemistry division. In the Chemistry division, "Evaluating Fumed Silica Composite Polymer Electrolytes on the Efficiency and Surface Chemistry of a Solid-State Battery at the Nanoparticle Level". There's also an engineering side to all of this. A couple of 18 year olds are presenting "Engineering a Modular Infrared Tracking Sensor for Use with the Foster-Miller TALON, a Man-Portable Reconnaissance Robot".

Naturally, college and university recruiters are well represented. Landing just about any of these young men or women would be a coup. And, contrary to popular stereotype that says science and engineering are men's fields, women are well represented here. 48% of the participants are female.

So Thursday, I'll be blogging from the ISEF, touring the projects and talking to the young men and women who've put them together. I'm sure I'll be totally amazed at their accomplishments (about 20% of the participants have patents or patents pending on their research). I'm also sure that 75% of it, ok 95% of it, will be over my head. But I promise to have them to explain all of it in terms even an old guy can understand.

My thanks to Intel for the opportunity.
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So now you’re a paid shill for the Intel industry! :)

Let us know if any projects down there are applicable to the current situation RE: energy please.
Written By: shark
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Well, I wish there was pay to go with this, but alas, just a warm invitation and a press pass. I’m mostly an unpaid shill ... how pathetic is that? ;)

And with so many projects, I’ve circled those I want to make sure to see, many of which have to do with alternative energy. I’ll let you know what I find.
Written By: McQ
Shill! Sellout! Hack!

Sorry. Tourette’s...
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