June 1, 2005 Some of the nation's most talented students converged on Phoenix on May 8-13 to show their inventions at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the world's largest competition of its kind. The students competed for more than $3 million in scholarships. Twenty percent of the 1,400 participants already have patents.
PHOENIX--Future scientists, engineers and inventors are already displaying advanced technologies, and some of the latest hi-tech inventions are coming from kids.
You may not understand their presentations, but the students who took part in the world's largest international science and engineering competition know what they're talking about.
These young men and women are the future of science, with inventions like a "Googler."
"Like the same way Google searches for Web pages, I made a robot that searches for objects," inventor George Francis Hotz tells DBIS. His robot can find shoes or just about anything else you program it to look for.
Chris Ballard, 16, is more focused on finding fish. This future engineer invented the first wheelchair that helps people with disabilities cast a line with just a push of a button.
Twenty percent of the teens at Intel's 2005 International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), already have patents. Others are focusing on research.
Inventor Liz Baker, 17, says, "This year I built a bi-orbital rotational swing." She wanted to help her little sister who has ADHD. Liz's special swing aids concentration. Doctors are now talking to her about her results.
We'll have to wait and see if these discoveries change the world, but you can bet these young researchers will continue to work and maybe create the next big breakthrough in science.
Five thousand students, teachers, judges and corporate executives took part in Intel's science and engineering fair. The students competed for more than $3 million in scholarships.
BACKGROUND: Five thousand students, teachers, judges and corporate executives took part in Intel's 2005 International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), intended to reward and celebrate the scientific and technology leaders of the future. Participating students competed for more than $3 million in scholarships and awards in 14 different categories.
THE PRIZES: The Intel ISEF Grand Awards are valued at nearly $1 million in scholarships, tuition grants and scientific field trips. The top three students each receive a $50,000 scholarship, as well as an all-expense-paid trip to attend the Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar during the Nobel Prize ceremonies in December. There are also numerous Best of Category Winners, who each receive a $5,000 award and an Intel Centrino notebook computer.
THIS YEAR'S WINNERS:
- Ameen Abdulrasool, 18, Chicago, Illinois
"Prototype for Automony: Pathway for the Blind"
- Stephen Schultz, 19, Nordrhein-Westfahlen, Germany
"From Synthesis to Analysis of Radical Inhibitors"
- Gabrielle Alyce Gianelli, 17, Orlando, Florida
"Fractal Dimension Analysis of Putative Martian Coastlines"
ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Participants earn the right to compete in ISEF by winning a top prize at a local, regional, state or national science fair.
ABOUT ISEF: The International Science and Engineering Fair was established more than 50 years ago: the first competition was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1950. It is held annually in a different host city in the U.S. or Canada. ISEF is administered by Science Service, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the understanding and appreciation of science among people of all ages through publications and educational programs. Intel sponsors ISEF as part of its Innovation in Education initiative to help prepare students to succeed in a knowledge-based economy.
NEXT YEAR: Indianapolis will host the 2006 Intel ISEF, on May 7-13.