Romanian teenager wins Intel science fair for low-cost, self-driving car

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[/caption] Budisteanu said his research addresses a major global issue. In 2004, car accidents caused 2.5 million deaths worldwide1, and 87 percent of crashes resulted from driver error. With 3-D radar and mounted cameras, Budisteanu created a feasible design for an autonomously controlled car that could detect traffic lanes and curbs, along with the real-time position of the car ? and it would only cost $4,000. He received the Gordon E. Moore Award of $75,000, named in honor of the Intel co-founder and fellow scientist. From the Philippines, Judel Jay Tabsing from Panabo National High School won fourth place in the plant sciences: agriculture and agronomy category and awarded $500.00 for his project entitled ?impatiens balsamina leaf extract as potential fungicide against fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense tropical race four causing fusarium wilt of banana?. Eesha Khare, 18, of Saratoga, California received the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award that comes with a $50,000 cash award. With the rapid adoption of portable electronics, Khare recognized the crucial need for energy-efficient storage devices. She developed a tiny device that fits inside cell phone batteries, allowing them to fully charge within 20-30 seconds. Khare invention also has potential applications for car batteries. Henry Lin, 17, of Shreveport, Louisiana also received the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award of $50,000. By simulating thousands of clusters of galaxies, Lin has provided scientists with valuable new data, allowing them to better understand the mysteries of astrophysics: dark matter, dark energy and the balance of heating and cooling in the universe’s most massive objects. ?We support the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair because we believe that science and math are the foundation of innovation, which is imperative for global economic growth and advancing society,? said Wendy Hawkins, executive director of the Intel Foundation. ?This competition encourages millions of students worldwide every year to explore their passion for math and science while developing solutions for global challenges.? [caption id="attachment_10092" align="aligncenter" width="399" caption="Filipino student Judel Jay Tabsing (left) from Panabo National High School won fourth in the plant sciences category"][/caption] This year, approximately 1,600 young scientists were chosen to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. They were selected from 433 affiliate fairs in more than 70 countries, regions and territories. In addition to the winners mentioned above, more than 500 finalists received awards and prizes for their innovative research. Awards included 17 “Best of Category” winners who each received a $5,000 prize. The Intel Foundation also awarded a $1,000 grant to each winner?s school and to the affiliated fair they represent. This is the first year that all Intel International Science and Engineering Fair finalists will receive digital badges recognizing and rewarding their achievements in independent scientific and engineering research. Volunteers, judges and interpreters will also receive badges. Digital badges promote informal modes of education and provide recognition and credentialing for achievements beyond the classroom. ]]>

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