Intel Young Scientists Competition 370.
(photo credit: Judy Siegel-Itzkovich)
A paper on Paul the Apostle that refutes his attempt to separate Judaism from
Christianity and claims he was a Jew who tried to understand the new situation
after Jesus, as well as a project on “catching multipole ions,” shared first
prize in the Intel-Young Scientists competition on Tuesday.
winning innovation on a religious theme, Dimitri Azrohi of Jerusalem’s Arts and
Science Academy High School will be awarded a full university scholarship, and
will also participate in an academic delegation to Germany initiated by that
Only rarely has a project on history won the top
prize in the competition, which is now in its 16th year and initially attracted
220 projects by teenagers.
His co-winner was Victor Isserov of the Agnon
School in Netanya, whose project could lead to better investigation of quantum
characteristics of ions and the development of quantum computers. Isserov, who
will also receive a full scholarship, will represent Israel in the EU science
competition in Prague in September.
The second prize was shared by Linda
Ahdut and Oz Rahmani of the Shapira religious school in Netanya, for their model
of a pump without valves that could help patients with cardiac insufficiency.
The other second-prize winners were Omer Granek and Idan Sharon of the Hof
Hacarmel School at Ma’agan Michael, who developed an automatic buoyancy control
system to save divers from drowning. All four will represent Israel in the
Intel-INSEF competition to be held in May in Phoenix, Arizona.
prize was given to Noam Korb of the Hartman Experimental High School in
Jerusalem for his research into Kristallnacht in Germany and the resultant
changes in relationships between the Jews and their neighbors. He too will
represent Israel in an academic delegation.
He shared third prize with
Ziv Bogoslavsky, Bar Hikri and Idan Dyunovitzky of the Sharet School in Netanya,
whose project dealt with improving the function and independence of paralyzed
people by using nonsensory communications. They too will participate in the EU
competition in Prague.
A third project also won third prize – Nadav
Rubinstein of the ORT high school in Givatayim, who worked on a system for
improving ability to focus in children with attention deficit disorder. He will
also be sent to the Arizona competition. A fourth project that shared the third
prize was carried out by Noam Otolenghi of the Yahad school in Modi’in, who
developed a calculation model for finding the Higgs particle, also earning him a
slot in the Intel- INSEF competition.
Forty-eight innovative ideas by 69
teenagers – girls and boys, Jewish and Arab – were examined by a panel of judges
at the competition at Jerusalem’s Bloomfield Science Museum. The contestants
competed in four categories: history and social sciences; life sciences and the
environment; technology and computer sciences; and natural sciences and
The winners were announced at a ceremony at the Hebrew
University campus on Mount Scopus. The winners are usually announced on National
Science Day on March 14 – Albert Einstein’s birthday – at the President’s
Residence or Knesset, but because the new coalition has not yet been formed, it
was held two days early.
The quality of the projects – some having
aroused serious interest among public and private bodies – improves every year,
as the level of science education – at least among elite pupils – continues to
rise. Each of the students receives guidance from a mentor in the
Intel Israel general manager Maxine Fassberg said the company
invests a high volume of resources into education in general and the teaching of
science in particular: “As a technological company that employs many workers in
these fields and develops technological innovations, we regard the development
of human capital in the next generation as very important.”
technology teaching, research skills, asking questions, creativity and exposure
to the scientific process,” Fassberg added, “are the basis for moving Israel’s
economy and society forward.”
Citations were given to a variety of other
projects, on topics including the irrationality of war; chemical analysis of
emotional tears in women and those triggered by irritants such as onion; a
simultaneous translation system for sign language; and radiowaves emitted by