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Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

NOAA's 'Taking the Pulse of the Planet' Award recognizes outstanding student projects in ocean, coastal, Great Lakes, weather, and climate sciences.

NOAA's Office of Education supports student research on issues related to our agency’s mission. Since 2005, the Taking the Pulse of the Planet Award has served to recognize outstanding projects.

Heather Eberhart, 2011 winner of the NOAA award at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, discusses the value of the science fair experience.
Heather Eberhart, 2011 winner of the NOAA award at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, discusses the value of the science fair experience. (John McLaughlin/NOAA)

Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

Intel International Science and Engineering Festivaloffsite link (ISEF) occurs annually and is the largest international pre-college science competition. The Taking the Pulse of the Planet Award is given to outstanding students who are U.S. citizens at least 16 years of age. The first place prize includes a paid summer internship with NOAA, cash award, plaque, and certificate signed by the NOAA Administrator.

Local and regional science fairs

NOAA provides award packets to the approximately 550 local and regional science fairs in the United States and territories that feed into ISEF. These award packets include a medallion, a letter of congratulations, and a certificate signed by the Director of NOAA Education. The packets are distributed with a letter to the directors of the fairs explaining the criteria and judging procedure for the award.

If you are a NOAA employee or contractor with a science or science education background and are interested in serving as a judge for these fairs, please log in with your NOAA credentials on the following page for more information.

We offer our sincere congratulations to the winners of these awards and to all students who perform research and participate in science fairs.

 

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