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Thousands of pins, countless new friendships: Intel ISEF finalists participate in pin exchange ceremony

May 14, 2018
The Pin Exchange ceremony at Intel ISEF gives students from countries across the world a chance to get to know each other.
Photo Courtesy of Society for Science & the Public.

"Where are you from?"

This is the question of the evening at the annual pin exchange ceremony, an opportunity for finalists at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) to get to know each other through an exchange of pins representing their country, city, or states. Students were excited to meet fellow finalists from countries around the world.

As the world's largest international pre-college science competition, Intel ISEF, a program of the Society for Science & the Public, is a great opportunity for students to make new friends. With nearly 1,800 high school students from 80 countries, regions and territories, finalists certainly walked away with their lanyards full of pins! 

Finalists came prepared with plenty of pins to exchange. Photo courtesy of Society for Science & the Public.
Maya Ajmera (fourth from left), President and CEO of Society for Science & the Public and Publisher of Science News, poses with Intel ISEF finalists after exchanging pins. Photo courtesy of Society for Science & the Public.
The pin exchange ceremony is a highlight of the week for many finalists. Photo courtesy of Society for Science & the Public.
The pin exchange gives finalists an opportunity to get to know each other. Photo courtesy of Society for Science & the Public.
Nearly 1,800 high school students are competing at this year's Intel ISEF. The pin exchange ceremony is a great start to this once-in-a-lifetime event. Photo Courtesy of Society for Science & the Public. 
This year's Intel ISEF finalists were selected from 420 affiliate fairs in 80 countries, regions and territories. Photo Courtesy of Society for Science & the Public. 
Many finalists attend the pin ceremony wearing festive costumes representing their home countries. Photo courtesy of Society for Science & the Public.
Students try to collect as many pins as possible at the pin exchange ceremony. Photo Courtesy of Society for Science & the Public. 

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