Youngyoon “Amy” Seo, a St. John’s School senior, was privileged to attend the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) last May 14 to 19, 2017 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, California. The Intel ISEF, a program of Society for Science & the Public (SSP), is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition where approximately 1,800 scholars from more than 75 countries, regions, and territories gather to present their independent research and compete for, on average, $4 million in prizes.
Amy had the opportunity to showcase her presentation entitled the “Neolithic Engineering in the 21st Century – an innovative design using the ball-and-socket model to mitigate seismic effects on contemporary Pacific structural designs.” Her comprehensive presentation that was exhibited was reviewed and judged by doctoral level scientists.
In preparation for the renowned fair, she was able to attain the help of her two mentors, Ms. Arlene Chua, her science teacher, and the art director, Ms. Terry Reffell. Ms. Chua continuously encouraged her to hone her ideas, further improve the project, as well as guided her in carrying out experiments. The artistic aspect of her presentation board was assisted by Ms. Reffell, where she taught Amy how to apply abstract ideas to graphic design.
Through her tenacious effort and dedication, along with the unwavering support and guidance of her two mentors, Amy was able to reap the fruits of success by earning her a spot as a finalist.