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Winners of competition to reimagine the chemistry set announced

Image of the microfluidics "lab on a chip." Credit: George Korir, Stanford University

On Tuesday, April 8, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Society for Science & the Public announced the winners of the Science, Play, and Research Kit (SPARK) competition.

Manu Prakash, an assistant professor of bioengineering at Stanford University, and his graduate student George Korir won the first place award of $50,000. Prakash and Korir developed a prototype of an inexpensive “lab on a chip” using a technology known as “microfluidics.” Microfluidics uses programmable microchips containing miniature pipes, valves, and pumps to carry out a wide variety of chemistry or biology experiments.

In total, 16 projects in two categories (prototypes – projects that are operational and demonstrable - and ideations – fleshed out project ideas that have not yet been developed into prototypes, but have a strong potential for development) received recognition and a total of $136,000 in prize money was awarded.

The SPARK Competition focused on science beyond chemistry, challenging the nation’s most creative minds to develop projects and ideas that will encourage imagination and interest in science and technology, inspiring today’s children – often through immersive play and learning through doing - much as the classic chemistry kit inspired earlier generations to learn, explore and discover.

Read more about SPARK and the full list of winners!

Intel STS 2014 Finalists Meet President Obama

2:23pm, March 9, 2014

The 40 finalists of the Intel Science Talent Search 2014 had the opportunity to meet with President Obama at the White House on Friday, March 7. Each finalist got the opportunity to shake his hand and tell him where they were from before he addressed the group.

Meet the Intel STS 2014 Finalists!

11:58am, March 7, 2014

The 40 finalists of the Intel Science Talent Search 2014 will be presenting their research projects to the public this Sunday, March 9 at the National Geographic Society in Washington, DC.

If you are located in the greater Washington, DC area this is a great opportunity to meet the finalists and talk with them about their research. Groups are welcome to attend, and the event is free.

Why Milena Acosta Volunteers at Intel ISEF

8:30am, March 4, 2014

Milena Acosta is the Co-Chair of the Los Angeles Local Arrangements Committee (LAC). The LAC helps recruit judges and volunteers for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF). Milena is particularly involved in activities related to the Education Outreach Program, where local students and teachers get a chance to meet Intel ISEF finalists and participate in activities specifically designed with them in mind.

Carolyn Jons Inspired to Pursue Life of Science

8:45am, February 26, 2014

Carolyn Jons received the Rising Star Award at the 2011 Broadcom MASTERS, winning her a trip to Broadcom MASTERS International, held in conjunction with the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. In 2012, she again qualified as a Broadcom MASTERS finalist, where she went on to win the 2nd Place Engineering Award.

Rising Star to Attend Broadcom MASTERS International

8:45am, February 20, 2014

Krystal Horton won a Rising Star award at the 2013 Broadcom MASTERS. The Rising Star award includes an opportunity to attend Broadcom MASTERS International, being held in Los Angeles this May during the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

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