Two Clear Creek ISD high school students recently presented their science fair projects at the week-long Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Phoenix, AZ, and came out victorious.
Syamantak Payra of Clear Brook High School received the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award and a $50,000 scholarship for developing a low-cost electronically-aided knee brace that allows an individual with a weakened leg to walk more naturally. He also won the Best of Category Award and First Place in the Embedded Systems Category with $5,000 cash award, a $3,000 cash award, and a $1,000 grant to Clear Brook. He received an Honorable Mention certificate through the International Council on Systems Engineering organization.
Kavita Selva of Clear Lake High School took home third place and $1,000 in the Physical Energy Category for her project on High Power Wind Turbine Generators. She also won a special award of $500 from the Patent and Trademark Office Society.
“Syamantak and Kavita are two rock star students who reflect the tremendous talent and the strong spirit of discovery in CCISD,” said Dr. Greg Smith, Superintendent of Schools. “I congratulate their hard work, and the hard work of all CCISD science fair entries at the District, State and International levels, and hope they will continue to inspire others to pursue their passions in the area of STEM education.”
ISEF is the world's largest international pre-college science competition for grades 9-12. Approximately 1,700 high school students from more than 75 countries, regions and territories come together to showcase their independent research as they compete for approximately $4 million in prizes.