TribLIVE

| Home


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

City hosts Intel's brilliant minds for science, engineering Fair

On the Grid

From the shale fields to the cooling towers, Trib Total Media covers the energy industry in Western Pennsylvania and beyond. For the latest news and views on gas, coal, electricity and more, check out On the Grid today.

Daily Photo Galleries

Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 8:58 p.m.
 

Imagine a future with a simple treatment for diabetes, or a way to predict earthquakes or an end to catheter infections.

The future arrived in Pittsburgh this week, with about 1,500 students from across the globe who are competing for more than $3 million in prizes in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown.

"Despite the language barriers, the passion for science is a universal feeling," said Jacob Kimmel, 18, of Satellite Beach, Fla. Kimmel's project involves extracting fat stem cells from a person to create neuronal products that can be transplanted back into a human being for treatment of catastrophic injuries such as spinal cord trama.

"I don't know if I give myself a lot of credit," Kimmel said, of his chances of winning a prize in the competition. "There really is an amazing group of kids here. I'm excited I get to participate."

About 70 countries, regions and territories are represented in the competition, which Intel Corp. bills as the world's largest high school science research competition. The students already won local, state and other competitions to advance to the Pittsburgh fair. Seven local students are amongst those competing for prizes.

Intel, based in Santa Clara, Calif., is the world's largest manufacturer of microprocessors, the brain inside computers and most smart electronic devices. Intel Foundation is sponoring the fair.

Students said they enjoyed the opportunity to discuss their exhibits with other students, and trade ideas and research tips.

Sathvik Ramanan, 15, of Richland, Washington, said he is lucky to be at the event. The high school sophomore didn't win a regional competition, but went on to win the state competition.

He's working on ways to grow fungi to create more aviation biofuels.

"Anything can happen," he said of his chances of winning. He added that doing research for the competitions made him more comfortable working in a laboratory setting.

Parents Keith and Pam Bidwell of Dayton, said they were happy to see Pittsburgh, along with supporting their daughter, Shannon Bidwell, 17, a high school junior.

Shannon's research on functional magnetic resonance imaging, she said, could lead to changes in the treatment of neurological diseases that are currently treated with medication.

"There's a lot of things she's really good at," Keith Bidwell, a radiologist, said.

The fair is also helping Downtown businesses, and drawing attention to the region. Many of the students, along with their parents, teachers and judges, filled the streets near the convention center, looking for restuarants for lunch. Journalists from Egypt, China, India and other countries are in town, covering the event and profiling students.

VisitPittsburgh said an estimated 11,000 visitors will spend an estimated $8.4 million, including 14,000 hotel room nights in Pittsburgh. The fair is expected to be one of the top five events at the convention center this year.

Exhibits will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown, with thousands of visitors and students expected. Admission is free.

Top prizes at the fair include the $75,000 Gordon E. Moore Award, named for Intel's co-founder and retired CEO, and two $50,000 awards.

 

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Roundup: Wealth gap largest on record, Pew study shows; McDonald’s in Japan limits orders of fries; more
  2. Salvation Army edges closer to campaign goals
  3. WM wrestling rebuilding after losses to graduation
  4. West Mifflin man charged with risking catastrophe
  5. West Mifflin soccer fields nearly done, but play will be delayed
  6. Starkey: Pederson had to go at Pitt
  7. Chryst returns home, named football coach at Wisconsin
  8. Pederson’s 2nd tenure as the athletic director at Pitt comes to abrupt end
  9. Valley New Dispatch spotlight athletes: Highlands’ Ashlyn Jonczak, Cheswick Christian Academy’s Ben Pollock
  10. Philly DA says no affidavits claimed by AG Kane in bribery case existed
  11. Connellsville Area High School Chamber Ensemble awaiting word on sing-off
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.