November 4th, 2003

WATCH: Young Scientists

Each year high school students train to compete in a number of science and technology competitions sponsored by large corporations. The largest of these competitions is the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) which calls itself, with some justification, “the Olympics, the World Cup and the World Series of pre-college science competitions.”

Held in a different city, annually the Intel ISEF brings together over 1,300 students from 48 states and 39 nations to compete for scholarships and tuition grants totaling over $3 million, along with internships, scientific field trips and the grand prize: a trip to attend the Nobel Prize Ceremonies in Stockholm.

This documentary follows the progress of twenty highly motivated students and their teachers at two New York City area schools - Townsend Harris High School in Flushing and Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School in Plainview - as they created what they hoped would be award-winning projects. These students are dedicated to their fields of interest which are as diverse as cancer research and carpenter ants along with physics, chemistry and biology projects. They are terrific kids whose energy and intelligence will restore your faith in public education and our youth (if you’ve been harboring doubts).

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