Science and Math rock stars hit the mainstream last night. The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien featured finalists from the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, held last month in Reno. Best thing about the segment, which was part of an Intel marketing relationship with the Tonight Show, was that the finalists were shown to be just like most young people: smart and fun. They described their projects to Conan, who appeared, for the most part, to not understand the sometimes long and complex titles. There was witty give-and-take and what appeared to be an orchestrated argument and group hug between participants. Generally, the sentiment that came across was that this was a great event celebrating what was an opportunity for ~1500 youth – out of an estimated 6 million+ that attempt to get to the world’s premiere pre-college science competition – to share their science and math, and maybe, just maybe, excite more youth to experiment with math and science and become the next innovators.Watch Conan at ISEF here. Conan also talked with Intel’s Chairman of the Board (at the time), Craig Barrett.
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