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Students from all over the world are arriving in Pittsburgh to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2012, the world’s largest high school science research competition. This year’s 1,549 finalists earned the trip to Intel ISEF through their hard work and innovative research on projects in 17 categories, ranging from Mechanical Engineering to Plant Sciences to Physics and Astronomy.
This year’s finalists come from affiliate fairs in 68 countries, regions, and territories. Countries with students participating for the first time include Azerbaijan, Finland, Northern Mariana Islands, Poland, Spain, Panama, United Arab Emirates, Tunisia, and Kuwait. In addition to the opportunity to compete for more than $3 million in awards and scholarships, including the Gordon E. Moore Award, a top prize of $75,000, the finalists have the unique chance to meet and discuss science with hundreds of young innovators from around the globe.
Engaging in science research can impart a variety of skills—problem-solving, critical thinking, collaboration and effective communication, to name a few.
In 2003, we were being recruited to head up judging at Intel ISEF, which was being held in Phoenix two years later.