May 14, 2006 The International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) is the world's largest celebration of science, showcasing the world's most promising young scientists and inventors in grades 9-12. This year in its 57th year, the 2006 final brought together1,482 students selected from 65,000 finalists who competed at 558 ISEF-affiliated science fairs across 47 countries during the past academic year. The top honours for the Intel-sponsored event were awarded yesterday with Hannah Wolf, Madhavi Gavini and Meredith MacGregor taking the gongs. Wolf took the main prize for her work studying formations caused by ancient earthquakes to predict seismic hazards, Gavini discovered a novel method of destroying a common and deadly infectious bacterium, while MacGregor studied the so-called “Brazil-Nut Effect.” Read on for a humbling array of student projects, such as a Mexican-developed Word Processor interface for the blind (pictured), a Chinese robotic fish used for exploring navigation techniques, a Brazilian device that converts solar energy into thermal energy and a British “Proximity Fire Alarm" which uses RF10 technology to transmit the location of individuals in a burning building.
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