Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Sheikh Zayed Institute recognizes innovators at the Intel ISEF High School science and engineering fair

As part of The Sheikh Zayed Institute mission to support young people and innovative thinking in pediatric health-care, four Children's National Medical Center members participated as judges in the annual Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Arizona. The fair brings together more than 1,500 high school students from more than 70 countries, competing for recognition and prizes based on research projects from many areas of science and engineering.

Main Hall, Phoenix Convention Center

For more than 50 years, the fair has been a major stimulator of education and innovation in science. The Sheikh Zayed Institute also awarded prizes in recognition of innovative work in areas that could promote children’s health around the world. The first prize winner ($2,500), Junyi (Sarah) Wu – from Ontario, Canada developed a rapid diagnostic test for malaria – a disease that affects one-third of the world’s population; the second prize winner ($1,500), Aryo Sorayya from California demonstrated a way to freeze tetanus vaccines to enhance availability to underdeveloped nations; and the third prize winner ($1,000), Luciano Thoma from Uruguay created a glove to allow deaf people to translate hand signing into speech.

Craig Peters, MD along with winners Aryo, Luciano, and Junyi - (SSP photo credit)

As noted by Craig Peters, MD, all of these innovations could help children’s health care and well-being worldwide, but also represents the amazing amount of creativity, energy and capability of young people – demonstrated at the ISEF. It was an inspiration for the judges from SZI to see this level of enthusiasm and commitment evident in all of the students’ projects.

Posted on behalf of Craig Peters.

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