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Introduction

Since 1982, 2 student contestants were selected from the National Primary and High School Science Fair of the Republic of China, to participate in the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) of the United States of America. The Selecting Fair for International Activities was established in 1991. In 2002, the Selecting Fair was converted to the Taiwan International Science Fair.

Taiwan International Science Fair (TISF) is a science research competition for high school students from grades nine through twelve. With the mission of identifying and nurturing talented young scientists, TISF brings together around 250 domestic finalists and 40 overseas students from 20 nations to compete for awards. The National Taiwan Science Education Center (NTSEC) is very proud to organize such a prestigious event. Participating students are divided into domestic and overseas groups. Domestic winners, besides winning grand awards, are selected to represent Taiwan at various fairs around the world, namely Intel ISEF, I-SWEEEP, INESPO and ESI. Between 1982 and 2015, students from Taiwan have performed very well at ISEF, which is well known as the “High School Science Olympiad”. Two hundred and forty one students representing 204 projects had competed at ISEF; they had received 1 Intel Young Scientists award, 2 SYISS Awards, 1 EUCYS Award, 11 Best of Category Awards, 111 Grand Awards and 125 Special Awards. In 2008, Taiwan contestants stunned the international science fair community by winning the prestigious Intel Young Scientists award (only 3 students were awarded from 1550 participating finalists). The outstanding performance of Taiwan contestants has drawn international recognition.

NTSEC is dedicated to inspire our young generation to be creative and have interest in science. In TISF 2015, 3 outstanding projects will be selected by the Judging Committee for the “Young Scientist Award”. By organizing science fair, we enhance our students to develop scientific research skills, innovative abilities and international perspective. We hope that all participating students fulfill their potential and make contribution to the society in the near future. Special thanks are given to Intel Corporation, K. T. Li Foundation for the development of Science and Technology, GFC Foundation, Image Model Co., Ltd., Su Tien-Chai Foundation and Chin-An Foundation as well as Taipei Municipal Li-Shan High School.

For next year, Taiwan International Science Fair will be held from January 25 to 30, 2016. If you are interested in participating in this event, please contact Ms. Christina Huang (E-mail: christina@mail.ntsec.gov.tw) for further information.