Web edition: October 25, 2012
Building on inner passion is the best way to start a research project, according to Dave Marker, chairman of a judging panel for the Intel Science Talent Search. Theoretical projects exemplify these. Such projects are abstract, meaning that they use mathematics to understand the relationships between objects. Most of these projects investigate the physical world using known properties of chemistry (how molecules react with one another) and physics (how energy and matter interact). Here we focus on the pursuits of some teens who found a passion in such theoretical research.