They may not have lived up to the classic Motown hit by dancing in the street. But more than a thousand high school students from around the world still had a ball last week in Detroit, where they gathered for the 51st International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). The students met with Nobel and Draper prize winners, toured high-tech automotive design centers, and visited a replica of Thomas Edison's laboratory. In addition to those diversions, they competed for $2 million in scholarships and awards, many of them from the primary sponsor of ISEF, Intel Corp. in Santa Clara, Calif.
"It's an incredible payoff for all the hard work we students do," says Nazanin Jouei of Coral Springs, Fla.