The 63rd annual Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) is being held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh from May 13 – 18, 2012. This event will bring more than 5,000 people, including 1,600 high school student finalists, from the U.S. and 65 countries. Last year, the ISEF committed to Pittsburgh, Phoenix and Los Angeles over nine years, meaning Pittsburgh will the host city for 2012, 2015 and 2018; Phoenix will host in 2013, 2016 and 2019; and Los Angeles in (2011), 2014 and 2017.
ISEF provides many opportunities for those involved in the science industries — to share expertise and energy to ensure that the event is a success! Below are a few ways you, your colleagues and your scientists could be involved.
SERVE AS A JUDGE: 1,000 judges are needed to select winners in 17 categories. Judges must hold a B.A., B.S. or a master’s degree with a minimum of six years related professional experience or a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent. Judging requires a 1.5 day commitment with a training session in the late afternoon on May 15 and judging on Wednesday, May 16.
SPONSOR AN AWARD: In addition to category awards, students compete for special awards that are sponsored by scientific, mathematical, and engineering societies, agencies of the Federal government, colleges and universities and corporations. A minimum of $5,000 in awards must be provided (this can be divided to present several awards). Sponsorship provides many opportunities for advertising online, in print and on stage during the awards ceremony.
HOST AN EXPO BOOTH: Information, demonstrations and other activities can be presented at a 10X10 exhibit booth in the ISEF Expo area, which draws student finalists and their teachers on Monday-Tuesday of the event, and local students on Thursday’s education outreach day.
SERVE AS AN INTERPRETER: Social interpreters are needed throughout the event, and technical interpreters are needed during judging on May 16.
VOLUNTEER: More than 500 volunteers are needed to assist with activities such as event setup, registration, display and safety assistance, greeting finalists at the airport and in hotels, and during the local Education Outreach day (May 17) during which 3,500 local students will participate in workshops and other activities.
4-hour time commitments are available on any day from May 11-18.
HOST STUDENT FINALISTS or TEACHERS FOR A TOUR OF YOUR ORGANIZATION OR
LAB: Tours can be planned for students on the afternoon of May 14, 15 or 17, and for teachers on May 16 (Teachers cannot be present in the exhibit hall during judging).
PRESENT A WORKSHOP SESSION: Several convention center rooms are used to provide educational sessions for ISEF students and/or teachers during the fair (not local students).
Here’s where you can find more information and to register for these events http://www.societyforscience.org/intelisef2012, or feel free to contact me personally about sponsorship, exhibiting, or with any other questions.