Winning a special award at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) is a highlight for the high school students who pour their hearts into high-caliber research. For the winners of the all-expense paid summer trip to CERN, the experience was further validation that all their hard work and long hours were truly worth the incredible effort.
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Lillie Bryant, a 2012 SSP Fellow, is spending her summer making research fun and accessible to as many students as she can. With the knowledge and experiences her students have gained through her programs and previous science fair experiences, Bryant helps set her students up for success.
Intel ISEF was a whirlwind of events, presentations, press and awards. One month later, 12 students found themselves traveling in the name of science yet again. These young researchers won an all-expense-paid trip to visit the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and had the opportunity to share their passion with world-class scientists based there in Switzerland.
On June 23, twelve Intel ISEF CERN special award winners started their week filled with outings and educational challenges in the Swiss research haven. The students got to meet top CERN staff members and hear from lead researchers working in a variety of disciplines. The program took the students on visits to castles and chateaus, on walks around scenic lakes, and even included some mini-golf and swimming action.
“Tea is good, coffee is even better, but CERN is simply awesome,” said Michaela Brchnelova of Slovakia, a young supernova researcher.
My motto is to not so much teach science and engineering, but create scientists and engineers.
This motto propelled Jeffrey Wehr, a science educator from rural Washington, to develop the Advanced STEM Research (ASR) Laboratory. ASR is a yearlong independent study within any scientific/engineering discipline at Odessa High School.
Broadcom MASTERS International is a companion program to the domestic Broadcom MASTERS that provides a unique opportunity to attend the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for select middle school students from around the world. Delegates had the chance to travel to Los Angeles in May 2014.