Best Partnership Award Finalist: Intel and SSP

Finalist: Intel and the Intel Foundation with the Society for Science & the Public (SSP)

Since 1997, Intel and the Intel Foundation have partnered with Society for Science & the Public (SSP) to encourage students to solve real-world problems and challenging scientific questions through original research.

Every year the partners reach millions of students and educators through the following programs:

Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS). Considered the oldest and most highly regarded contest for U.S. high school seniors, alumni include National Medal of Science winners, MacArthur Foundation Fellows, Fields Medalists, Nobel Laureates, and one Academy Award-winning actress - Natalie Portman.

Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF). With affiliated fairs in 65 countries, regions, and territories, Intel ISEF is the largest science competition for students in grades 9 through 12. Over 7 million high school students compete annually in Intel ISEF and affiliate fairs to share ideas, showcase cutting-edge research, and compete for awards and scholarships.

SSP Fellows Program. The Fellows Program was launched in 2009 to provide funds and training to U.S. science and math teachers to facilitate independent research opportunities for their under-resourced students.

By celebrating students’ achievements and promoting substantive research and learning, Intel and SSP hope to lead young people to pursue advanced education and careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

The benefits of the partnership between Intel, the Intel Foundation and SSP are far-reaching and tangible. In the short-term, millions of students around the world are exposed each year to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and finalists receive recognition and funding to continue their research and support their higher education goals.

Additionally, since Intel’s involvement in the competitions, SSP has raised the annual value of prizes for finalists, and also award $1,000 per student to the schools and regional science fairs of top winners, ensuring these institutions and programs are able to continue inspiring their students.

Globally, educators also benefit from access to rigorously reviewed guidelines and processes for hands-on research activities through Intel STS and Intel ISEF. In conjunction with Intel ISEF, Intel also hosts the Intel ISEF Educator Academy, which brings together select groups of educators and government officials to share resources and explore proven methods of engaging students in math and science.

In 2010, the partners added regional locations for the Intel ISEF Educator Academy in Asia and Latin America.

Over the long-term, finalists make an impact on the world through their continued research and innovation.

Ben Gulak, part of the second place Team Canada at ISEF 2007, secured $1.25 million in financing for his start-up company BPG Technologies, to develop his team’s winning project – the Uno: an environmentally-friendly electric street vehicle which is similar to a motorcycle but produces no emissions. Production models of the Uno will be available in early 2012.

Apurv Mishra, a 2006 ISEF alumnus, created the Innovator Factor Foundation (IFF), a global incubator for innovators. IFF has partnered with the European Centre for Open Innovation in Belgium and KIIT University in India to enable thousands of innovators from around the world to turn their dreams into reality. 

Over the past 69 years, former STS finalists have achieved some of the world's most prestigious honors as researchers; seven have gone on to win the Nobel Prize, while others have been awarded the Fields Medal, the National Medal of Science, and the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.

Intel is committed to supporting Society for Science & the Public, for years to come, and hopes that the exposure and support from these events will inspire and drive both students and educators to develop and leverage their knowledge and skills to solve the world’s most important issues. 

The Business Case

The Chamber BCLC believes the best examples of business-nonprofit partnerships have true benefit to the company, as well as the cause or community the company serves.

One of the four objectives in Intel’s global strategy is “Care for our people and our planet, and inspire the next generation.” As the company that invented the microprocessor, Intel understands innovation and its power to transform the world. Intel works to promote and support math and science education because we are committed to supporting the next generation of innovators.

Intel's education programs support its long-term corporate diversity objectives by encouraging young people, especially women, girls, and students in underserved communities, to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Education is the foundation of innovation, and as a technology company, Intel’s success rests on the availability of skilled workers, a healthy technology ecosystem, and knowledgeable customers.

In turn, the health of local economies—including those where Intel employees live and work—depends on access to technology and quality education. International studies show that education plays a pivotal role in fostering labor productivity and economic growth, and applications of technology in education also provide market opportunities for Intel.

Intel has leveraged its technology expertise to help educators and governments in over 70 countries technology effectively to help achieve their education goals, from teacher training programs to the creation of 1:1 e-learning environments.