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Students Come From Near, Far To Compete In Science & Engineering Fair

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- Hundreds of stand-out students from around the world are gathering here in Pittsburgh this week. They're taking part in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

It's not your average high school science fair. There are more than 1,500 students in attendance from nearly 70 countries around the world, and they are competing for more than $3,000,000 in awards.

"This is phenomenal, these are the best and brightest students from all around the world, and they are just wonderful kids. That's the important part," said Chuck Vukotich, the Judging Chair.

The students all had to win smaller science fairs to qualify for this one. They have developed projects in categories from medicine to robotics.

Seven teens from the Pittsburgh area were selected to compete, including Elizabeth Posney. She's a junior from Freeport High School.

"It's really great. I'm from a small town so we don't have a lot of diversity. I'm meeting kids from all over the world, so it's been really eye opening for me," said Posney.

The projects are impressive to say the least.

One teen from Wisconsin developed technology to help detect concussions, but besides showing off his invention, he's happy to meet other young scientists from places near and far.

"I came last year, and then this year as well. Each time I've met people from countries like Argentina, and have made friends with them," said Ashton Wackym, from Milwaukee, Wis.

Close to 800 judges will score the projects.

The winners will be announced Thursday night and Friday and millions of dollars in cash and scholarships will be handed out.

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