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Two Polk County Science Fair winners in California at the ISEF International Science Fair: Part III
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Two Polk County Science Fair winners in California at the ISEF International Science Fair: Part III

Kirstie and I concluded our California ISEF International Science Fair trip, and what an adventure it was! 

On Thursday there was a ceremony for "Special Award" presentations.  It was an exciting presentation of speakers and of course awards presented by nearly 70 scientific, professional and educational organizations and included scholarships, summer internships, equipment grants and trips.  Prizes and awards must have totaled over $1 million. 

Neither Kirstie or I received any Special Awards, but we learned a lot about what it takes to compete well, and that is a valuable lesson. 

Thursday night was an exclusive ISEF "free night" at Universal Studios, with food included.  What fun...although it did get very cold that night and I forgot my jacket.  By midnight we were exhausted and anxious about the big day to come.

The "Grand Awards" ceremonies took place on Friday morning, the last day of the event.  An air of excitement filled the large arena as students from 65 countries dressed in their native dress.  Everyone wanted pictures with the girls from China and Japan it seems.  Their outfits were stunning. 

Intel, the ISEF, and Society for Science and the Public could not have done a better job with organizing such a massive event.   Everything seemed to go so smoothly every day! 

I was blessed to have received 4th place in the Mechanical and Electrical Engineering category in this international event!  Kirstie did not place, but I know that she has a great project, and I am confident that she will be back here next year representing Florida again.  She and her mom were great travel companions.

The competition is incredible at this international level, and so much can be gained by attending...even if you are not competing.  There were a lot of "student observers" attending with their school or state groups, and each day had several things for them to do to occupy their time and promote science and engineering learning.  Those students will be strong competitors next year knowing what they do now after attending this great event.

Thank you Society for Science and the Public, and Intel, and all the many sponsors for changing this young man’s life forever!   Since I am a graduating high school senior, I am done competing on a high school level, but I know that there will be other opportunities in college and business to compete and have fun.

Trevor Monroe

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