Gassler at Intel International Fair

Gassler at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair
Posted on 06/06/2019
Carter Gassler (10th grade) competed as a finalist in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair held in Phoenix, Arizona from May 12-May 17th. Intel ISEF is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition and hosts over 1800 high school students from more than 80 countries, regions, and territories around the world. Intel ISEF unites these top young scientific minds, showcasing their talents on an international stage, where doctoral level scientists review and judge their work in 22 categories across Life Sciences and Physical Sciences.

Carter competed in the Engineering Mechanics category with his Multi-Terrain Robot inspired by a centipede that he observed on a trip to Alaska last summer. He designed his robot to be able to traverse rugged terrain and hold a GoPro camera for video feedback. The robot can be equipped with various sensors to be used in search and rescue applications or exploration in remote or tight spaces. The end goal is to have a very modular robot that companies can buy the base model of and equip with their own sensors and instruments.

Carter’s week at Intel ISEF was an amazing experience. In addition to the competition, there were both educational and fun activities to meet and interact with fellow finalists including a student pin exchange, symposia sessions, an Arizona Diamondback baseball game, student mixer, dinners, and a hangout social space called the Intel Quad. He and the rest of the finalists were also free to travel about the blocks in Phoenix around the hotel and convention center.

Carter qualified for ISEF by finishing 2nd best in show for 10th grade (1st in Engineering for 10th grade) at the Delaware Valley Science Fair (DVSF) in April 2019. Carter traveled to Intel ISEF with 15 other students that won at DVSF.