The Verdana ISEF Orange County Chapter Competition was held at UC Irvine on March 16.
After two rounds of intensive competition, Kevin Lee, a junior from University High School, won first place and will represent Orange County at the International Science and Engineering Fair competition in Phoenix, AZ in May. Also representing Orange County is Alex Chang, a sophomore from University High School.
ISEF is a program that involves students developing original research projects and sharing their work through competitions. Annually, about 7 million high school students around the world compete to attend the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Of the 7 million, 1,700 winners are invited to a week-long final event where awards are given out depending on student performance.
The 2013 Southern California Junior Science and Humanities Symposia was also held at UCI on March 16. Kevin Lee won first place and will represent Southern California in the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposia on May 1-5 at Dayton, Ohio.
JSHS is designed to challenge and engage students (Grades 9-12) in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). Individual students compete for scholarships and recognition by presenting the results of their original research efforts before a panel of judges and an audience of their peers.