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April 8, 2009 Schools and Libraries

BHS students win trip to Reno for International Science Fair

From: Transylvania County Schools
Nine North Carolina students have been selected by judges of the NC State Science and Engineering Fair to represent the state and present their six projects at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Reno, Nevada, May 10-16, 2009.  Three of the six projects were from students attending the NC School of Science and Math.  One of the remaining three was the project of Brevard High School students Brooke Burrows, John Burrows, and Matthew Travers.  Their project, “Detection of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in Salamander Populations of Transylvania County,” was part of the T.I.M.E.  research program which is jointly sponsored by Transylvania 4H, Transylvania County Public Schools and The Science House and supported through an SSEP grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.     

In addition to winning $150 for their second place finish in the state Science and Engineering Fair held at Meredith College in Raleigh on March 28, the Brevard High School team captured the U.S. Army Award of $50 for scientific/engineering excellence in environmental sciences.   Their presentation at the Reno international Science and Engineering Fair is an all-expenses-paid trip.  The fair will include more than 1,550 projects of pre-college students from 51 countries.  The presenters have been selected for the commitment to innovation and science which their projects demonstrate.  

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition.  Each year, millions of students worldwide compete in local and school-sponsored science fairs; the winners of these events go on to participate in Intel ISEF-affiliated regional and state fairs from which the most outstanding are selected to attend the Intel ISEF.

The Society for Science and the Public partners with Intel-along with dozens of other corporate, academic, government and science-focused sponsors who provide support and awards for the Intel ISEF each year.  Students compete for nearly $4 million in prizes and scholarships

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