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Two Polk County Science Fair winners in California at the ISEF International Science Fair!
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Two Polk County Science Fair winners in California at the ISEF International Science Fair!

California dreamin'!  I finally made it ISEF International Science Fair held all this week in Los Angeles...a dream come true for any high school or middle school student scientist! 

This competition is sponsored by the Society for Science & the Public, and they describe it well in their website:

Sponsored by INTEL, this is the worlds larget pre-college science competition, and provides a forum for more than 1500 high school students from across 65 countries, regions, and teritories to showcase their independent research annually.  Each year millions of students worldwide compete in local science fairs; winners go on to particpate in Intel ISEF-affiliated regional, state and national fairs to earn the opportunity to attend the Inte ISEF.  Finalists get to display their talent on an international stage, while enabling them to submit their work for judging by doctoral-level scientists.  The Intel ISEF provides over $4 million in prizes and scholarships annually.

Now that's a great opportunity for the finalists here!

My travel companions for this trip from Tampa are my dad, Blake Monroe, and my co-winner from my region, Kirstie Tandberg, and mom Shelly.  Our flights were easy and the hotel awesome.  The ISEF has really done a great job organizing this event. 

Kirstie and I have set up our science fair displays, gotten them approved, and then went and had some fun driving over to the Santa Monica Pier.  The Pier hosts a long standing carnival on it with a ferris wheel, rides, funnel cakes and games.  At the end of the pier we saw many local anglers fishing, with one of them catching a small Leopard shark. 

The evening main event was the student "trading pin" exchange, where your goal was to trade for pins representing countries, regions and states from all over the world!  I'm not sure what language many of them spoke, but the word "trade" was universally understood by all, and made for a fun night. Even the parents, chapparones, and leaders got into the fun!   

Today starts the opening ceremony and some great syposiums on many science fair subjects, as well as talking to the press and other media.   This is so fun and exciting...and the competition hasn't even started yet! 

Thank you to all my teachers and fair directors that have put in hundreds of hours on the behalf of us and many other students to make this dream a reality.  Lori Bradner, Nancy Bessley, and Becky Braaten...you ladies are the best!

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