I recently had the honor to speak with a group of young people that are both inspiring and inspired. They where attending the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in Los Angeles from May 14-19, 2017. I was invited to meet the students by one of their mentors Ken Lyons. Ken, who is a physicist, has been involved in Science fairs both in New Jersey and Nationally for over 25 years. He was kind enough to spend the morning with me, introducing me these incredible students and sharing with me the path they took to arrive at this prestigious event.

Each year, more than 7 million high school students around the globe develop original research projects and present their work at local science competitions with the hope of making it to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, a program of Society for Science & the Public. Approximately 1,700 winners of local, regional, state, and national competitions—are invited to participate in this week-long celebration of science, technology, engineering, and math. At the event, these young innovators share ideas, showcase cutting-edge research, and compete for more than USD 4 million in awards and scholarships.

The Exhibit Hall for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF)

The next student finalist I met was John Lozada, from of Bergen County Academies, in Hackensack. His project was one of five selected at The Nokia Bell Labs NJRSF for an all-expense paid trip to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Los Angeles In addition to the trip and opportunity to present at ISEF.

About John … John is participates in many activities. Some of which include Bergen Science Challenge, Filipino Culture Club and Heath Occupational Students of America.  John plans on attending Univeristy of Rochester: Molecular Genetics (Pre-Med)

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About The Nokia Bell Labs NJRSF
This is is a high school student science competition in which students, individually or in groups, present a wide variety of projects. Most of the projects are investigative in nature, posing and attempting to answer some question or problem, either through experimentation and design or in a theoretical sense. All areas of science, math, and engineering are included. The fair accepts entries from ten counties of northern New Jersey: Bergen, Essex, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren.