Three selected Sri Lankan students joined the world’s brightest science stars in San Jose, California, for the prestigious 2010 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), in May 2010. This year’s Intel ISEF brought together over 1,600 young scientists and engineers from 59 countries, to showcase their cutting-edge science and engineering.
Intel’s sponsorship of Intel ISEF is part of the Intel® Innovation in Education initiative, which seeks to improve the quality of science and mathematics education through collaboration with educators around the world.
Those who represented Sri Lanka this year, earned their place after competing at the 2009 Sri Lanka Science and Engineering Fair (SLSEF), held in Colombo. One such student, Ganindu Nanayakkara, whose project addressed handheld computing for people with disabilities, went on to take numerous accolades at the event, including: a First Place Grand Award in Computer Science worth US$3000; a Second Place Award from Symantec Corporation; a Lemelson Foundation award worth US$1000; and US$3000 for First Place, China Association for Science and Technology (CAST).