Amy’s EE takes her to the USA

QAHS 2016 graduate Amy Zhou reports back on her recent experience in the USA. We have had a number of students over the years, see their Extended Essay take them to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

Amy ISEF 1The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) is such an amazing experience. Although I’ve been to quite a few science conferences/fairs/camps, this was by far the largest scale. In total, 1778 students representing 78 countries across 22 categories gathered in Los Angeles between the 15-19 May for the 2017 Intel ISEF. Over the week, we exchanged pins (koalas were by far the most popular!!), had fun at Universal Studios, raved in the largest nightclub in LA, and endured 8 hours of judging in one day for our respective research projects.

By far the coolest moment of the week was when I was one of the only 13 students selected to ask a question during the Nobel Laureate panel. I stood in front of an audience of 2000+, asked my question, and got to hear the Nobel Laureates’ opinions on the gender gap and the role of females in STEM.

The calibre of the other students’ projects was incredible. Students built leg prosthetics, designed urban solar panels, and developed artificial intelligence algorithms to locate space debris, just to name a few. I didn’t win a prize, but Australia brought home a 1st prize, a couple of 3rd prizes, and a 4th prize. At the end of the week, everyone at ISEF knew one thing about the Australians: AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE, OI OI OI!

This entire experience stems from completing my IB Extended Essay in Biology – what an amazing ride! Thanks Mr Lal for being such a wonderful and supportive supervisor.

He is a Highlights Video made by the organisation: You can catch the back of my head at 2:30!

Amy Zhou
2016 QAHS graduate