May 20, 2016

 MEXT, in cooperation with the Japan Science and Technology Agency, supports efforts to promote Japanese students to participate in international science competitions. The following is a list of the winners from the 2016 International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) held in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

1.Winners from the Intel ISEF 2016

 First Place Award and Best of Category Award both awarded to one student, Second Place Award awarded to 1 student and 1 group comprised of 2 students.

2.Participants from Japan

 A total of 16 groups comprised of 27 high school students

3.Winners (in detail)

【Individual Research】

Takahiro Ichige,18 3rd year student at Chiba Municipal Chiba High School, Chiba-City, Japan
Theme: A Novel and Simple Power Saving Controller for Stepper Motors
First Place Award in Engineering Mechanics, Best of Category Award※
first time in 3 years, and the 2nd Japanese student to receive Best of Category Award


Tomoro Warashina, 18 1st year student at Keio University , Japan
Theme:”Silk-Gland-Derived Sericin as a Growth Promoter in Animal Cell Culture
Second Place Award in Cellular and Molecular Biology

【Group Research】

Chizumi Maeta, 18 4th year student at Yonago National College of Technology, Yonago-City. Japan
Mei Yamamura, 17 3rd year student at Yonago National College of Technology, Yonago-City, Japan
Theme:”Investigation and Development of a New Solid Polymer Electrolyte Using a Natural Membrane for Fuel Cell Devices”
Second Place Award in Energy, Chemical

(Age at end of the competition)

4.Number of Participants / Participating Countries, Regions and Territories

 Approximately 1,750 high school students from more than 75 countries, regions and territories

5.Period / Location

 May 8 - 13, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona

6.Dispatch Organization

 Asahi Shinbun, Yomiuri Shinbun

Reference

◆Summary of Competition

  • The 1st International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) was held in 1950 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and has been hosted annually by a city in the United States ever since. The 2016 ISEF is the 67th competition.
  • Japan first participated in the ISEF in 1958. 2016 is Japan’s 58th time to participate in the competition.
  • At the Intel ISEF 2015 held in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, approximately 1,700 students from more than 75 countries, regions and territories participated. Japan won the Grand Award/Third Place: 2 groups/2 students, Grand Award/Fourth Place: 2 groups/3 students, and the Special Award: 1 group/1 student.
  • At the Intel ISEF 2016, approximately 1,750 students from more than 75 countries, regions and territories participated. Japan won the Grand Award/First Place and the Best of Category Award both awarded to one student, and the Grand Award/Second Place: 2 groups/3 students.

◆Results from Past three ISEF Competitions

64th Intel ISEF 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona

 Grand Award/First Place and Best of Category Award: 1 student, Special Award (Society of Exploration of Geophysicists, Acoustical Society of America): 1 group comprised of 2 students. Approximately 1,600 high school students from more than 70 countries, regions and territories participated.

65th Intel ISEF 2014 in Los Angeles, California

 Grand Award: 2 groups 2 students, Special Award: 3 groups 3 students. Approximately 1,700 high school students from more than 70 countries, regions and territories participated.

66th Intel ISEF 2015 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania

 Grand Award: 4 groups, 5 students, Special Award: 1 student. Approximately 1,700 high school students from more than 75 countries, regions and territories participated.

(Knowledge Infrastructure Policy Division , Science and Technology Policy Bureau)