"Science Fair:" the movie and the life changer
  • Madison Sneve, Syamantak Payra, and Shinjini Ghosh
    Madison Sneve, Syamantak Payra, and Shinjini Ghosh
  • L - R Ruiwen (Doris) Fu, Afeefah Khazi-Syed, Madison Sneve, Syamantak Payra, Shinjini Ghosh, and Prof. Scott Kominers
    L - R Ruiwen (Doris) Fu, Afeefah Khazi-Syed, Madison Sneve, Syamantak Payra, Shinjini Ghosh, and Prof. Scott Kominers
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Amid rain, midterms, and the World Series, the Edgerton Center and MIT Admissions recently co-sponsored the screening of “Science Fair,” a National Geographic documentary film that follows nine high school students on their journey to compete in the 2017 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).

Hailed as an “ode to the teenage science geeks on whom our future depends,” the film follows the lives of nine students on their journey to the Intel ISEF in Los Angeles, where 1,700 teenage finalists from 78 countries competed for first prize.   

Following the screening, a panel of five MIT students and ISEF alumni — first years Madison Sneve, Syamantak Payra, and Shinjini Ghosh and sophmores Afeefah Khazi-Syed, Ruiwen “Doris” Fu — along with ISEF judge, past competitor, and Harvard Professor Scott Kominers, discussed the far-reaching impact science fairs have had on their lives.

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