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Finalists display their research at Intel Science Talent Search

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Finalists at the Intel Science Talent Search are displaying their research for the chance to walk away with $100,000 in scholarship money. Shazia Khan has more from Washington D.C.

WASHINGTON D.C. -- This research could change the way we generate electricity, while these findings could transform the way robots move on earth and in space.

“I created a new and more efficient robotics navigation algorithm that can plan safe paths for robots, including those in assembly lines, space exploration, and including those even around the home,” said Kensen Shi, Intel STS Finalist, A&M Consolidated High School, College Station, Texas.

Behind the science are some of the nation's brightest students selected as finalists in this year's Intel Science Talent Search. Society for Science and the Public has been organizing the annual competition since 1942, partnering first with Westinghouse and most recently, with Intel.

“The judges are looking for these students’ abilities to connect the dots to connect the fields-to understand the future of science,” said Wendy Hawkins, Executive Director, Intel Foundation.

More than 1,700 high school seniors entered the talent search; but, only 40 made the cut as finalists, gathering here at the National Geographic Society in Washington DC to display and present their research. The first place winner walks away with $100,000 in scholarship money.

Finalist and Harvard-bound Jamie Lee Solimano hopes her research can lead to earlier detection of a group of diseases by focusing on just one part of the cell.

“By observing maybe one abnormality or one disruption in the cell, we can try to track how that, what consequences that has on the rest of the cell,” said Jamie Lee Solimano, Intel STS Finalist Stuyvesant High School, New York.

Though these students spent many days and nights working on their research alone, this leg of the competition is open to the general public, giving the finalists a chance to share their knowledge with more than just judges and journalists.

Annette McGee brought her grandchildren to the show. Her 11-year-old grandson Savier Klien has a passion for engineering.

“I can see like, what they really did in person, so to see what they got, what they had problems with,” said Savier Klien.

Winners will be announced Tuesday.
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