When Linden Webster took out her violin at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), she was expecting to be speaking to judges about how to determine the quality of the instrument but ended up playing Scottish dance tunes for her fellow competitors! The competitors were not the only people to be impressed, however. Linden came fourth prize in the Physics category, receiving a $500 prize and a six week placement at , West Lothian.
“My trip to the Intel ISEF has been an incredible experience for me, and not just in coming fourth,” says Linden, from Beeslack Community High School, Penicuik, Mid-Lothian. “The atmosphere there was inspiring as I saw hundreds of young people working at the very cutting edge of their field and really making a difference to the world around them.”
Linden attended the Intel ISEF fair after receiving an award for her project studying how to determine the quality of violins at the BA CREST Science Fair, organised by the BA at the Royal Society in February. She was competing in the Intel ISEF from 9-15 May in Portland, Oregon with over 1400 other students from around the globe, including fellow UK student Mary McGeown from Sacred Heart Grammar School, Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland.
“We are thrilled with Linden’s success,” says Roland Jackson, Chief Executive of the BA. “The BA recognises the importance of encouraging young people to pursue careers in science, and the science fair is an important way of recognising their achievements. We would like to wish Linden luck in her future career.”
In autumn, Linden is hoping to study physics at the University of Cambridge.
“My experience at Intel ISEF has definitely inspired me and will push me to succeed in my chosen research career,” says Linden.