CSU Enhances Student Achievement at Intel ISEF
May 17, 2011
By Stephanie Thara
During last week’s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), California State University faculty, staff and students volunteered their time to support science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) industry-bound high school scholars worldwide. Covering a variety of topics from energy and transportation to engineering and biomedicine, the world’s brightest high school students created and displayed their projects, which included everything from solar tracking, robotic assistance for the visually impaired and cancer treatments with fewer side effects.
Terry McGlynn, Ph.D., associate professor of biology at CSU Dominguez Hills, served on a panel of judges at the fair, along with several other faculty from CSU East Bay, Fresno, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Northridge and San Bernardino.
“The most impressive thing about it was being able to meet all these other students who had projects that were far more amazing than mine [and who] were all excited about science,” said McGlynn, who was also a student finalist at Intel ISEF in 1988. “It was just great to be in a community for a week with all these kids that were super-smart and super-talented, and really motivated.”
Cal State L.A. was the driving force behind the crime scene investigation activity set up for middle school students during the Public Day at the fair. Middle schoolers visited exhibiting table, which included industry stakeholders such as the California State University, United States Patent and Trademark Office and Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific, gathering clues hoping to solve the crime before their peers did.
CSU students also volunteered in the crime lab showing students how to lift fingerprints, cast shoe impressions and analyze blood splatter patterns. Additionally, undergraduate and graduate STEM students from CSU campuses had the opportunity to present their research projects to students as they walked through the exhibition hall.
“It's been fun,” said Sean Carhart, a student at Fresno State and 2011 Intel ISEF volunteer. “It's a big fair, so it's interesting to see all the work that so many of the students do, even before they get to a school or to a college.”