Taiwan students win big at science competition
Central News Agency
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2010-05-16 12:00 AM
Taiwanese students won seven awards at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2010 - the world's largest pre-college science competition - that concluded Friday in San Jose, California.

Taiwan's best performance at the fair in recent years included one first prize, five third prizes, and one fourth prize. The winning projects covered a wide range of fields including chemistry, animal science, electrical and mechanical engineering, physics and astronomy, medicine and health sciences, and mathematical sciences.

"The excellent performance is due to the students' hard work, " said National Taiwan Science Education Center Director Chu Nan-shyan, the leader of the Taiwanese delegation.

A total of nine students took part in this year's competition, in which over 1,600 young scientists worldwide were vying for more than 600 individual and team awards.

Among the Taiwanese winners was a team project titled "Synthesis and Analysis of the New Superconducting Material - FeSe Nanocrystals" by Lin Chi-chieh and Jacqueline Hung from Taipei Municipal First Girl's Senior High School.

Another team project titled "Ballot Problem Approached from n-Dimensional Paths" by Hsu Te-wei and Justin Tony Hou from Kaohsiung Municipal Senior High School won a third award.

Meanwhile, five individual projects bagged third prizes, including "Why Spiderman Cannot Do without His Silk? - Effects of Dragline Silk on Jumping Performance of Jumping Spider (Hasarius adansoni)" by Chen Yung-kang from National Taichung First Senior High School.

Also on the winner list were "Low-Aberration Variable-Focus Liquid Lens" by Eric Chiwei Shiao from Taipei Municipal Chien-Kuo Senior High School and "Analysis of Single-Elimination Tournaments" by Wang Chi-hua from National Pingtung Senior High School.

The other two were "YWHAZ (1403-3zeta) Involved in the Metastasis of Lung Adenocarcinoma through Wnt Signaling Pathway" by Chan Tsung-han from National Taichung First Senior High School; and "Nonlinear Diffusion Dynamics Measured by Using a Simple Light-Transmission Method" by Huang Yu-sheng from National Chiayi Senior High School.

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