Last week I reported that the Intel Science and Engineering Fair was underway. I love what this event does to encourage the entry of young folks from all over the world into our fair professions. I also love that females — so often underrepresented in our professional lives — seem to dominate the event. Last year all three top finishers were female.
This year’s first place goes to Amy Chao
Amy Chyao, 15, of Richardson, Texas, was awarded first place for her work to develop a photosensitizer for photodynamic therapy (PDT), an emerging cancer treatment which uses light energy to activate a drug that kills cancer cells. Amy received $75,000 and the Gordon E. Moore Award, given for the first time in honor of Intel co-founder and retired Chairman and CEO.
My science fair project tested the efficacy of various antacids. Also, there was construction paper. And a bar chart.
Rounding out the top three winners at the ISEF were Kevin Ellis and Yale Fan
Other top honors went to Kevin Ellis, 18, of Vancouver, Wash. and Yale Fan, 18, of Beaverton, Ore., each of whom received $50,000 from the Intel Foundation. Kevin developed a method to automatically speed up computer programs by analyzing the programs while they are running so that work could be divided across multiple microprocessors. Yale’s project demonstrated the advantages of quantum computing in performing difficult computations.
Did I mention construction paper? No glitter though…probably cost me. According to Intel 1,611 kids from 59 countries competed in the ISEF this year. More about this year’s fair here.