UNESCO visits Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)
The Intel ISEF is the world’s largest pre-college science competition. About 7 million students from around the world participate in the competition, putting their science projects forward in local, regional and finally the international rounds. The final round brought together more than 1,500 students from some 70 countries, regions and territories. Besides the awards of more than 3 million USD, the students have the opportunity to meet with other brilliant, young science entrepreneurs, distinguished Nobel Prize Laureates and acclaimed scientists and professors.
From 13 to 18 May 2012, the Assistant Director-General of Natural Sciences, Gretchen Kalonji, visited the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. UNESCO was invited to participate in this prestigious event to strengthen cooperation between UNESCO and Intel in the field of Science and Engineering.
The winner of the 2012 prize was Jack Andraka, 15, of Maryland for his new method to detect pancreatic cancer. He won the Gordon E. Moore Award and a 75,000 USD prize. Nicholas Schiefer, 17, of Pickering, Ontario, Canada, and Ari Dyckovsky, 18, of Leesburg, Virginia, each received an Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award of 50,000 USD.