Three student inventors have been selected to represent Sri Lanka at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Atlanta, USA in May.
A National Science Foundation spokesman yesterday said that D. Yasith Kanchana Lokuge of Ananda College, Colombo Praveej Malinda Jayasinghe of St. Anthony`s College, Katugastota and Sajeewa Dinesh Hendurugoda, of Nugawela Central College will fly to Atlanta for the world s largest pre-collegiate celebration of Science, which is held annually. Intel ISEF brings together more than 1,500 students from over 50 countries to compete for nearly 900 prizes.
Prize money of USD four million is on offer and includes scholarships, tuition grants, internships, scientific field trips and the grand prize: a trip to attend the Nobel Prize Ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden.
Yasith, Praveej and Dinesh were the winners of the 2007 Junior Inventor of the Year (JIY) competition organized by the Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka (IESL). The Sri Lankan team for the next year (2009) will be selected from the winners of the Sri Lanka Science and Engineering Fair (SLSEF) scheduled to be held in December 2008.
To be eligible, one could take part in either the Junior Inventor of the Year competition conducted by the IESL or the Science Research Project Competition organized by the National Science Foundation (NSF) of Sri Lanka.
The Junior Inventor of the Year competition is an annual event organized island wide by the IESL to promote creative and innovative thinking among school children. It is open to all Sri Lankan children in the age group of 12-20 years. Entries close in May 2008. The competition will be held from June 2008.
Innovations/Research projects in Engineering will be considered in this competition, for more details contact: Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka, 120 / 15, Wijerama Mawatha, Colombo 07 or Tel: 0112-698426, 0714150720, 0714163423 Web: www.iesl.lk
The Science Research Project Competition will be held for the first time in 2008 for school children and other youth under 20 years as of December 31, 2008.
Research projects conducted in science will be considered under this competition. Interested candidates could send a project proposal - a brief description about your project- to the NSF and they would guide selected students to improve their projects.
To learn more about this competition, go to http://www.nsf.ac.lk/spd/srpc/ or contact: Science Popularization Division, National Science Foundation, 47/5 Maitland place Colombo 07.
The Sri Lanka Science Engineering Fair (SLSEF) is a platform for science students to discover their scientific genius and win public recognition at national and international levels. One of its main objectives is to create a research culture among the youth in the country.
The Ministry of Education fully supports and assists in conducting the SLSEF. The Ministry will grant official clearance to teachers and students to participate at the Intel ISEL and provide guidance to students in preparation of projects through provincial/zonal school authorities.
Intel will meet all expenses of all the children participating at the International competition (Intel ISEF).
NSF conducts introductory programmes for the school children to introduce the SLSEF and thereby interested schools can contact NSF for more details.