Sri Lanka Express

Sri Lankan students from Dehiwela Central take home Intel Science awards

Sankalpa Perera and Sherhan Kavishka at the 2017 Intel Fair at the Los Angeles Convention Center
Two students from Sri Lanka did their country and their school proud winning special awards at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) 2017 held in Los Angeles May 14 – 19.

Alujjage Sankalpa Perera and  Shehan Pattiyage Kavishka, both studying at S. De S. Jayasinghe Central College, Dehiwala, each received a special award (King Abdul-Aziz & His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity Special Award) in the Category of Earth & Biomedical Sciences at the Special Awards Ceremony held on 18 May 2017 for their Science Project on “Micro and nano engineering for wastewater: magnetized biochar and nanoparticle composite for toxic Cr(VI) removal."

Over the past eight years, 37 Sri Lankan students have participated at Intel ISEF, winning seven grand awards and nine special awards.
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As the world’s largest pre - college science fair, and the only global science competition for students in grades 9-12, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) encourages students to tackle challenging scientific questions and solve the problems of tomorrow. Each year, more than 6 million students worldwide, from local and regional science fairs across 75 countries vie to attend the Intel ISEF. This year over 1800 made it to the final round to share compete for nearly $4 million in scholarships and awards at the event.

Intel Sri Lanka works with the Ministry of Education, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and
Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka (IESL) to provide opportunities for students to showcase their work.