Intel ISEF is the world's largest pre-college science competition. It is run as a set of science fairs around the world. Students participate in the fairs, either alone or in groups of up to three, by presenting research on a science and/or engineering project on a display board with supporting documents, data and research papers. There are a huge range of categories within science and engineering available (including physical, life, and social science), guaranteeing a wealth of opportunity for almost any interest, and across multiple years. The research being presented should be conducted over one year or less, but may also be a continuation of previous years' work, since this is often how real-world scientific investigations progress.
Students begin by taking part in their regional, state or national science fairs (the affiliated fairs). The most successful projects from each level proceed, with the final tier of competition being Intel ISEF itself. There are a huge range of prizes to be won, averaging $4 million given out in total to students per year. The affiliated fairs at regional, state or national level are not run by Intel ISEF, but rather by schools and communities, and these fairs serve as the first step towards moving on to the global ISEF competition. But regardless of how many levels a student passes through, they will benefit hugely by being able to explore their passions and curiosities as a project, and becoming exposed to how scientific experiments in the real world are conducted.
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Anyone can participate in the affiliated fairs. However, participants must pass through many levels of competition, beginning at a local science fair and moving upwards, to reach the finals. About 1,800 high school students from over 75 countries or regions compete annually in Intel ISEF for about $4 million in prize money. Local fairs can send a predetermined number through. For Broadcom MASTERS, 10% of participants will be nominated to go through.
Material and equipment costs vary with the project
Some ability in innovative scientific research required to successfully participate and advance through rounds
Research can be conducted over one year, with Intel ISEF taking place over one week
Students must complete entry forms for their local fairs