This May 11th through 16th, nearly 1,800 of the world’s most promising young scientists, engineers and mathematicians gathered in Los Angeles to participate in the world’s largest pre-college science competition, the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.
These young innovators represent the best of more than 7 million high school students around the globe who participated in science fairs this year, having won top honors at local, regional and national competitions to earn their place as finalists at Intel ISEF.
For many of these finalists, Intel ISEF is a life-changing event. For some, it is their first time traveling far from home. For others, it offers the chance to interact with college professors, distinguished professionals and even Nobel laureates in their fields of interest. For all, it presents the opportunity to meet like-minded peers who share their enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Intel ISEF 2014 kicked off with a high-energy opening ceremony, co-hosted by Discover Magazine’s Kyle Hill and replete with videos, flags and banners representing the more than 70 countries, regions and territories participating in this year’s fair.
Other events of the week included: a keynote address by Mick Ebeling, founder and CEO of Not Impossible Labs, an organization that develops creative solutions to real-world problems; talks by Nobel laureates; symposia on everything from programming with Intel® Galileo to making science fiction a reality through robotics technology; and a nothing-but-fun excursion to nearby Universal Studios Hollywood.
The main event, however, featured the finalists themselves as they presented original research projects – including breakthrough technologies and potential solutions to some the world’s most daunting problems – to panels of esteemed judges and competed for more than USD 5 million in prizes and scholarships.