The event is a week-long fair hosted by Intel Corporation and Society for Science and the Public every year. The turnout at the world's largest science fair was 1600 high school finalists from various countries, competing for a price money of $4 million.
Each year almost 7 million high school students participate in the event by working on original research projects that are innovative with problem solving capacity. This truly vindicates Intel's mission statement- "Inspiring the future" really.
The elite panel of judges carefully scrutinize the relevance and workability of submitted research projects to award prize money. The best of the best honor gets the Gordon E. Moore Award with USD 75,000, grabbed by Ionut Alexandru Budisteanu of Romania this year. His award winning project was based on the using of artificial intelligence for creating low-cost self driven cars that prevent the rate of accidents.
The runners-up, mostly two hand-picked best projects that give a close fight to the winner are awarded the Intel Young Foundation scientist award with scholarship funds worth USD 50,000. This year two American teens - Eesha Khare and Henry Wanjune grabbed the prizes for coming up with ground breaking projects. 18 year old Khare has come up with a super capacitor energy storing device that promises to fit into mobiles and charges them within 20 to 30 seconds only! On the other hand, 17 year old Henry delved into a astrophysics project probing the dark matter, energy and balance of heat in universal objects.
As interesting and out of the box ideas they seem, to put up a research project at such a young age is a hard task. And rightfully so the three winners get handsome rewards in return. An all expense paid trip to Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar, opportunity to mingle with Noble Prize class innovators at the award ceremony besides USD 5,000 grant by Intel Foundation and other scholarships of profound value
You can catch the winners sharing their thoughts in this exclusive video below.
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