Intel Getting Out Of The Science Fair Business

Back in September the Society for Science and the Public announced it would be seeing a new title sponsor for its Science Talent Search.  Started in 1942, it had been sponsored by Westinghouse from 1947 until 1998, when Intel became the title sponsor.  Intel’s last Search as title sponsor will end in March 2017.

In 2015 the Search awarded over $1.6 million in awards, so title sponsorship likely covers a significant portion of that amount.  And its not as though Intel is backing out of science promotion.  Back in October a collaboration between Intel and the TBS network in the United States was announced.  It is a television program focused on an Intel-supported competition around wearable technology.

With Google sponsoring its own science fair, it seems unlikely they would opt to seek title sponsorship.  Perhaps another technology company, or an organization committed to citizen science, making, or some similar grass roots research and/or crafting concern will commit the necessary funds.

There appears to be time left to find a replacement.  Intel remains the title sponsor for the current Search (semifinalists will be named in early January) and the following one.

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