Israeli teens win Intel science competition with diverse projects

The Intel building in Haifa, Israel. Intel-Israel has sponsored a research competition for young adults. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( Winners were announced Tuesday for the 18th annual Intel-Israel Young Scientists Competition, which is organized by the Bloomfield Science Museum, the Israeli Science and Education Ministries, and Intel-Israel.

The final ceremony was held at Hebrew University’s Givat Ram campus. Winners of this year's top prize are Noam Yungerman of the Jerusalem High School of the Sciences and Arts for researching “the growth and decay of sticky fingering structures” in life sciences and mathematics, Noa Eden of Jerusalem’s Boyer School for researching the “role of the Pax6 factor in preserving the identify of adult beta cells in the pancreas,” and Kedem Snir of the Sciences and Arts School for researching the coding of the predictive relation in languages focusing on themes and sign languages.

These winners—who were selected among 59 projects that had reached the finals—will have the chance to go to Pittsburgh, Pa., in May as representatives of Israel in the ISEF (Intel World) competition of Young Scientists, and they will also receive academic scholarships, the Jerusalem Post reported.

While 26 of the final competitors focused on technology and computer science projects, other participants conducted research in the humanities and other fields. Some second and third prize winners will also go to compete in Pittsburgh, and several others will attend competitions in Europe.

The winners of the second prize are Noa Chen of the Sciences and Arts School for her work on the Ashera goddess in biblical times, Roi Gil and Nadav Shalev of the ORT School in Kiryat Tivon for their work on a computerized music program that can make aural music into written notes, and Better Shmayev and May Shushan of the same Ort School for their system for regulating blood flow and pressure plaster casts. 

Posted on March 10, 2015 .