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'Science Too Can Bring You Fame'
What does Intel gain from this fair?
We are promoting the next generation of engineers, scientists and consumers, and science and technology as a valid career for youngsters. We train teachers on how to use technology to teach not just maths and science, but also subjects like language and history, and inspire them to use technology in the classroom. Our Computer Clubhouse programme shows young people that you can do more than just learn to use computers—you can use the computer in an area that interests you and do wonderful things with it. All our activities are designed to directly carry over to pursuing these areas of study in universities and later as a career. What we're trying to say is that you can be rich and famous by doing research in science and technology.
So your aim is long-term.
Yes. This is not something you do for a couple of years and walk off. We are looking at a 10-to-20-year programme to really accomplish something.
But aren't you slashing costs?
Yes, Intel is cutting costs. But if you try to grow a tall tree, you must water it every year. You have to continue certain programmes regardless of short-term financial hardships. Like education. We are committed to do this both in good and bad times.
ISEF has expanded from a US-only affair to the whole world...
The cross-cultural interaction among youngsters is a magnificent addition. Also, our technology is international. It makes sense thus for isef to be as global as possible. It should be the equivalent of the Olympics.
Does Intel then eventually use the ideas that come out of this exercise?
They belong to the youngsters who create them. They are really vehicles by which they learn. What is important is that they use this inquiry-based research method to learn. That is more important than the ideas that come out. Using some of these ideas with their permission is obviously a possibility, but the variety of topics the youngsters deal with far exceeds our focus area. But some of them do work on imaging and graphics in which we may be interested as it falls within our work purview.