Oregon Students Return Triumphant From International Science and Engineering Fair

Of the 25 projects selected to represent Oregon at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair this year, 14 projects presented by 17 students and representing 10 different Oregon schools, won a cumulative total of $56,400 in prize and scholarship money and three trips.
Merlo Station High School students Demitri Hopkins, 18, Forrest Betton, 18 and Eric Thomas, 18, won Best in Category with their Electrical and Mechanical Engineering project titled "Inertial Electrostatic Confinement Fusion Using an Electrostatic Focusing Lens". The boys received previous media attention when they were selected to present their project featuring an original fusion reactor design to President Barack Obama in February when he visited the Intel Ronler Acres campus in Hillsboro. The boys' school along with the fair at which they qualified to attend Intel ISEF, the Intel Northwest Science Expo, will each receive a $1000 grant as part of the award, in addition to the $8000 in prize money the boys will split.

Team Oregon in the Press

There's an Oregon Live article listing the Intel NWSE best of fair winners and all the members of Team Oregon by regional fair. Check it out.

If you scroll down the article you'll notice that one of the project titles is a link. Seems that the team of Forrest Betton, Eric Thomas and Demitri Hopkins from Merlo Station High School got to chat with President Obama while he was in town and share their project with him.

Media Bonus: Here's President Obama's weekly address about his visit to Intel, with some other familiar faces at about the 3:21 marker.


2011 Intel NWSE Award Results

Special award results are in the attached PDF's.

Thank you for a Wonderful Fair!

Thank you to all the students, teachers, parents, judges, volunteers and staff who made the Intel Northwest Science Expo such a success.

Here is a copy of our press release, I will be posting full results by Monday.

The Intel Northwest Science Expo, held Friday, April 1, 2011 at Portland State University, announces top winners in Oregon's state-level science research competition affiliated with the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

High School Set-up Directions

Friday April 1, 2011
7:00 - 8:40am: High School students check in at the registration table on the 3rd floor of Smith Memorial Student Union. Each student will receive a map, their nametag is waiting at their exhibit space. Exhibit setup and Safety Check take place in Smith SMU rooms 333 and 355. Students set up their displays and must remain there until passed by the safety check team in yellow construction hats. Students with APPROVED paperwork will receive a sticker showing they have passed safety check. If paperwork is not APPROVED, the student has to provide corrected copies of forms at the SRC table to get a sticker. Students leave the exhibit area when they have completed the Safety Check. High School students, not adults, are required to be present for Safety Check.
Save time make sure you have read the display regulations at http://nwse.org/display

Middle School Set-up Directions

Thursday March 31, 2011
5:00 - 9:00pm: Exhibit setup and Safety Check at Peter Stott Center. All Posters must be set-up during this time and all forms need to be present. Additional items that are safe to leave overnight should also be brought at that time like log books and other nonexpensive items. The student does NOT need to be present. Safety Checkers will assist in set-up and approve displays. After an exhibit is approved, it will receive a Safety Check approved sticker to place on the exhibit placard.

Save time and have students read the Display Regulations before set-up.

2011 Middle School Exhibit Map

Middle school exhibit setup is Thursday, March 31, 2011, 5-9pm. Students are not required to be present, however all required paperwork must be present and left at the exhibit overnight. Volunteers will be on hand to complete display and safety checks. Once your display is set up, flag down a volunteer in a yellow construction hat. Check the attached exhibit map to locate your project(s) and note that only those marked with an asterisk have been approved for electricity and are located near an outlet.

2011 High School Exhibit Map

Be prepared for Friday, April 1! Check the attached map and locate your exhibit space before you come to Smith Memorial Student Union. Exhibits with an astrisk by their number have been approved for electrical access and have been positioned near an outlet. Don't forget to bring your extension cords!

Intel NWSE Schedules for Friday, April 1

All the regional fairs have been held and those high school projects ascending to state have been chosen. We are still in need of Middle School Judges and other Volunteers. See below for the fair day schedules.

Volunteer and Judge Registration is still open. Sign up today!

PPSSE Fair Day Schedule for Exhibitors and Judges





Schedule for Students:

7:30-8:30            Exhibit setup-OMSI Auditorium

Students register, turn in any missing paperwork, get programs and badges and set up their projects

Breakfast is on your own


8:30-9:00            Orientation


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