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Intel’s ISEF is all about youth and science - and a bit of fun.
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Here's Intel's Chairman, Dr. Craig Barrett talking about what this event is all about:



You can tell by Barrett's reaction that is indeed an event he looks forward too each year. Frankly, I can't wait to wade in tomorrow.

Here's another blogger with much more video talent in his little finger than I have in my entire body giving you a bit more of the flavor of the fair.



The categories the finalists are competing in include:

Animal Sciences (94/17/43/51)
Behavioral and Social Sciences (105/14/43/62)
Biochemistry (63/14/22/41)
Cellular and Molecular Biology (71/10/28/43)
Chemistry (79/5/41/38)
Computer Science (78/17/63/15)
Earth Science (30/5/12/18)
Engineering - Electrical and Mechanical (143/15/117/26)
Engineering - Materials and Bioengineering (105/17/71/34)
Energy and Transportation (71/13/44/27)
Environmental Management (102/18/45/57)
Environmental Sciences (135/26/53/82)
Mathematical Sciences (68/12/44/24)
Medicine and Health (156/24/69/87)
Microbiology (79/15/25/54)
Physics and Astronomy (90/17/52/38)
Plant Sciences (88/12/37/51)

Totals (1557/251/809/748)

The numbers you see breakdown like this (total finalists in the category/previous ISEF participation/Male/Female)

By far the largest three categories are Medicine and Health, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering and Environmental Sciences - so I'll spend a good portion of my time tomorrow in those areas. But I've got at least one project in each area circled as a must see.

And since many of us are interested in what's going on with alternative fuels, I'll spend a little more time Energy and Transportation. I'm also up for taking the "global warming" temperature there. Last but certainly not least, I'm also up for a righteous robot or two.

Here's a video of a young lady who makes ball lightning in her garage.



Yeah, pity about that laser, huh?!

Anyway, camera in hand, I hope to be posting a lot of pics tomorrow and perhaps a video or two.

Fired up and ready to go - oh, wait, isn't some political campaign using that?
 
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Awwwwwwwwwwwesome!!! Wish I could go but we’ve got a band concert tonight. Hope to see more videos like the Nerdageddon from the Shelbinator. He turned what could have been BORING into a fast and funny visual feast of fun with science! Of course the Balls of Fire exhibit video was fascinating in its own right so... Please, please give us more videos for those of us who can’t go to see it in person!!!
 
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