Nine Thai students are among young scientists from around the world are in Reno, Nev. to compete in the world's largest pre-college science competition: the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2009, a program of the Society for Science & the Public. More than 1,500 students from 50 countries, regions and territories will share ideas, showcase cutting-edge research and inventions, and compete for nearly $4 million in scholarships and awards. The top three winners will each be awarded a $50,000 scholarship from the Intel Foundation.
The high school students who participate in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair are the innovators of tomorrow. In fact, more than 20 percent of 2009 participants have a patent or are considering applying for one for their research. Finalists' projects tackle challenging scientific questions that address some of today's most pressing global issues such as climate change, cancer, alternative fuels, driver safety and world hunger.
There are a total of five projects from Thai students who will compete in this year's event. The first three projects are 'Development of Anti-Virus HIV test kit by using Immunochromatographic strip test' developed by Chakkrit Jaidee from Mae Prik Wittaya school, Lampang province; 'Artificial leather from Acetobactor Xylinum' developed by Pornwasu Pongtheerawan, Arada Sungkanit and Tanpitcha Phongchaipaiboon from Surat Pittaya school, Surat Thani province and 'Enhanced Parallel-key Cryptography Algorithm (E-PCA)' developed by Songpon Teerakanok, from Buranaramluk school, Trang province. These three projects won awards from the Young Scientist Competition 2009 organized by the National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC). The other two projects received awards from 34th Congress on Science and Technology of Thailand (STT34) organized by the Science Society of Thailand under the patronage of His Majesty the King. The first project was 'The earthworm marvels revealed: Proposing a model of underground locomotion' developed by Theerawit Wilaiprasitporn, Thakerng Soimadee, and Waswat Muninthorn from Triam Udom Suksa school. The second project was ' The Motion of Wrightia religiosa Benth Seeds' developed by Saroch Leedumrongwatthanakun, student from Hatyaiwitthayalai School, Hatyai province.
Intel Chairman Craig Barrett will open the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2009 at a ceremony and finalists will present their projects to the public on May 14 at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center.
"It is encouraging to see how the young men and women at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair have developed novel solutions to some of the world's toughest problems," Accharas Ouysinprasert, Country Manager for Intel Microelectronics (Thailand) ltd. said. "I've been learning from these young Thai scientists since Intel began sponsorship in 1998 and look forward to seeing how their innovations will improve the country's development and global economy in the years to come."
Intel's commitment to education extends far beyond this program. Over the past decade alone, the company has invested more than $1 billion, and its employees have donated more than 2.5 million hours toward improving education in 50 countries. In October 2008, Intel pledged $120 million over the next 10 years to Society for Science & the Public to continue support for the Intel Science Talent Search and for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. The funding also includes resources to launch a teacher's Fellows Program and an alumni program to unite past participants of the International Science and Engineering Fair and the Intel Science Talent Search as mentors for future generations. To learn more about Intel's Education Initiative, visit www.intel.com/education.
Society for Science & the Public, a nonprofit organization dedicated to public engagement in scientific research and education, owns and has administered the International Science and Engineering Fair since its inception in 1950. "For 60 years, this program has united the world's most talented young researchers from the around the globe. The Intel ISEF provides these remarkable students the opportunity to showcase the quality and depth of their research, and give us all hope for the future of our planet and our society." said Elizabeth Marincola, president of Society for Science & the Public. To learn more about the organization and its programs and publications, visit www.societyforscience.org.
Intel International Science and Engineering Fair finalists are selected annually from more than 550 International Science and Engineering Fair-affiliated fairs around the world. Their projects are then evaluated onsite by more than 1,000 judges from nearly every scientific discipline, each typically with a Ph.D. or the equivalent of 6 years of related professional experience in one of the scientific disciplines. A full listing of finalists is available at www.societyforscience.org.