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Irish Students participate this week at Intel ISEF, World’s Largest Science Fair

This week 3 teams from Ireland and 1 from Northern Ireland will take part in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the world’s largest pre-college science fair. Each year, Intel ISEF empowers roughly 6 million of the world’s future scientists, innovators and leaders to create new technologies and solutions that will positively impact people’s lives. This year, from May 12-16, approximately 1,800 young scientists representing more than 400 affiliate science fairs and roughly 70 countries, regions and territories will gather in Los Angeles to compete for more than $4 million in awards. The first-place winner will receive the $75,000 Gordon E. Moore Award, named in honor of the Intel co-founder and fellow scientist.

The Irish and Northern Ireland team earned their places at Intel ISEF after they became winners of Intel sponsored prizes at various Ireland based science fairs over the past 12 months.

Paul Clarke, from St. Paul’s College, Raheny will attend Intel ISEF this week after he picked up the top prize at the SciFest Grand Final event last November. Paul will present his project which has solved a problem related to the Travelling Salesman Problem, which has been baffling mathematics since the 1930s. His discovery has taken us a step closer to solving the Travelling Salesman Problem, also known as the Hamiltonian Cycle Problem, which has applications in business models including computer routing and networking.

Conor Foy, a fifth year student at Coláiste Chiaráin in Croom, was also selected to attend Intel ISEF after picking up a special award in the Scifest Grand Final for his project which is based on a device that can measure, display, transmit and record the timing difference between, and the force exerted by a crew of rowers. The system is unique in that it looks at the timing of the oar and the force of each individual stroke, and not just the movement of the seat.

Synge Street CBS, Dublin, students Sufyan Huma and Haider Hussain picked up the Intel Special award at this year’s BT Young Scientist for their project entitled, ‘Solar Sailing with modulated radial thrust’ which is a theoretical and computational study of the trajectories of space probes powered only by solar sails, discussing new applications of such probes. They will also present their work at Intel ISEF this week.

John Neill, a student at Down High School, Northern Ireland, was named as the Overall Winner of the Intel ISEF Award at Sentinus Young Innovators in June last year and will also present his project, Fone2Find, this week which is based on a key fob design created on Solidworks, which creates an STL File which allowed the fob to be manufactured through rapid proto-typing. The idea is that the fob could be used numerous different contexts to help users with identifying a range of products which are lost or misplaced.

More than 7 million students across the world participated in feeder fairs for Intel ISEF over the past 12 months with the top prize winners assembling this week in Los Angeles to compete for one of science’s most coveted prizes. For more information visit  

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