South African students Arno de Beer and Jason Dixon's project of treating and controlling ticks and other parasites found mainly on wild game animals scooped an award for the best team project at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair last week.
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 900 judges from nearly every scientific discipline, each typically with a PhD or the equivalent of six years of related professional experience in one of the scientific disciplines.
Other winners from Africa include Gogo Mayokun Oluwagbenga from Nigeria and Abuaysha Mouth Nabeel from South Arabia who both won awards for their projects in the Behavioral and Social Sciences category.
The Grand Award winners walk away with scholarships and prizes for their work. Intel awards included 18 "Best of Category" winners who each received a $5 000.00 Intel scholarship and a new laptop powered by the Intel CoreT2 Duo processor. Intel also awards a $1 000.00 grant to the winner's school and the Intel ISEF-affiliated fair they represent.
"The real end point of the Intel Science Talent Search and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair is to elevate the recognition of achievement of the younger generation in academic and learning exercises," says Craig Barrett, Intel's chairman. "More young people will look at these as 'hey, I can get recognised using my brain. I just don't have to be a quarterback, or a basketball player or a baseball player to get recognition from my peers and the public. I can get recognition using my brains.'
"I just hope we can continue to build on the momentum we have and make the Intel Science Talent Search and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair even more significant going forward."