The Intel International Science & Engineering Fair is coming to San Jose in May. The Fair is the “Olympics” of High School Science Fairs, attracting regional fair winners from nearly 60 countries around the world.  Over 5500 people will be converging on San Jose for a week from May 8 to May 15.

For 60 years, the Fair has played a key role in bringing young people together to stimulate interest in science and technology.  The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, a program of Society for Science & the Public (Intel ISEF), gathers the world’s most creative, intelligent and resourceful high school students from nearly 60 countries, to compete for more than $3 million in awards and scholarships and network with fellow students, academia and employees of sponsoring companies. In 2010, Intel ISEF will assemble more than 1,500 finalists, Nobel Laureates, leading scientists and researchers along with 1,200 judges, universities and potential future employers, for the world’s largest pre-college science fair. Competition in 17 science and engineering categories demonstrates understanding of scientific fundamentals combined with creativity in project areas such as energy, transportation, environmental science, medicine, health sciences, chemistry, behavioral and social sciences among others.

Santa Cruz City Schools will be represented by Shamik Mascharek, a Santa Cruz High Junior. His Chemistry project is “An Investigative study of Pigmentation on Gallstones”. Seven students from Santa Cruz County will compete.

Scotts Valley school board trustee Allison Niday is a co-chair of the Hospitality Committee,  responsible for the transport of attendees to and from SJ and SFO airports, as well as arranging and staffing a wide range of tours around the Bay Area during the week.  Because the local Host Committee is made up of mostly volunteers, an army of additional volunteers is necessary to support the over 5,000 visitors. Please consider signing up to help – and consider asking your High School students to also consider weekend shifts. Many schools will offer community service hours for students who volunteer time.

Learn more about the Fair at this link http://www.isef2010sanjose.org/.  Download the volunteer flyer here.