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Advancing Innovation

Inspiring new discoveries in science and engineering

Helping imaginations take flight

Helping Imaginations Take Flight

An organic battery made from weeds and brown sugar? Cryptography that could foil global eavesdroppers? Potentially groundbreaking cancer research?  

Every day, youth around the world use science and engineering in creative ways to think about the world we live in—and to develop new discoveries that have the potential to change lives. Intel supports interest in the STEM disciplines at all levels of education with incentives such as youth competitions, scholarships, research grants, entrepreneurships, and more.

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair is the world’s largest precollege science competition, while the Intel Science Talent Search honors high school seniors who show exceptional promise in math and science. The Intel Schools of Distinction Awards recognize K–12 schools that excel in math and science education.

“Knowledge is fairly easy to come
by. You can read a book, you can
get knowledge. But imagination
is the driving force.”

—Nithin Tumma, Grand Prize winner,
Intel Science Talent Search 2012

Science Competitions That Challenge and Inspire

This year’s Science Talent Search winners performed potentially groundbreaking research in microrobotics, breast cancer, and evolution and genetics. Alumni have gone on to win seven Nobel Prizes, two Fields Medals, four National Medals of Science, and 11 MacArthur Foundation fellowships.

We continue at the university level with the Intel® Global Challenge at UC Berkeley, which partners with the Global Entrepreneurship Leadership Symposium (GELS) to promote entrepreneurship worldwide. GELS trains expert mentors and gives them the tools to lead; the Intel Global Challenge brings together entrepreneur teams from world-class engineering and business schools.

Promoting Excellence in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Education

From astronomy and wind power to theoretical mathematics, students all over the world are coming up with solutions that have the power to change lives. See how Intel is supporting young innovators and entrepreneurs with the latest in technological knowledge, access to funding, and mentorships.

Intel® International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel® ISEF)

Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF)

Intel ISEF is the world’s largest science competition for students in grades 9–12. Each year, over 1,500 high school students from around the world compete for over $4 million in scholarships and awards.

Learn more about ISEF’s top young scientists >

Intel Schools of Distinction

Intel Schools of Distinction

Eighteen U.S. schools that excel in math and science education are honored each year as Intel Schools of Distinction, with awards of up to USD 25,000.

See how these schools excel >

Intel® Science Talent Search (Intel® STS)

Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS)

Each year, approximately 1,800 American high school seniors participate in the United States’s oldest and most prestigious pre-college science competition. Just 40 are chosen as finalists.

Meet the winners of Intel STS 2012 >

Global Entrepreneurship Leadership Symposium

Global Entrepreneurship Leadership Symposium

The Global Entrepreneurship Leadership Symposium (GELS) works with Intel and the University of California at Berkeley to provide hands-on experience in observing and practicing mentorship.

Learn more about GELS’s programs and faculty >

Intel's Commitment to Education

Advancing Innovation

Advancing Innovation

Intel works with academic groups and institutions to promote excellence and innovation in education, with incentives such as STEM competitions, research grants, and more. 

Promoting Quality Learning

Promoting Quality Learning

 Intel supports educators with professional development courses, leadership education, and strategic curricula designed to build and sustain quality learning.

Explore our educational resources >

Accelerating Access

Accelerating Access

Intel supports education, advocacy, and technology access efforts all around the world. We want to ensure greater social and economic opportunities for children everywhere.

See how we're advancing access >