Intel’s International Science and Engineering Fair is the focal point of two recently released documentaries, Inventing Tomorrow and Science Fair. ISEF has been coined the Olympics of high school science fairs, as students from all around the globe represent their countries in academics rather than athletics.
National Geographic’s Science Fair, a film by Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster, was released on September 21, 2018. The film follows the stories of 9 high school students from around the world as they prepare to compete in Intel’s ISEF. The film has won numerous awards including the Festival Favorite at the Sundance Film Festival and SXSW. The film is charming, comical, and heart-warming. Variety magazine described the film as “Supremely entertaining. An ode to the teenage science geeks on whom our future depends”.
Inventing Tomorrow premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and was released on August 31, 2018. The film by Laura Nix follows the story of 6 high school students from Indonesia, Hawaii, India and Mexico as they get ready for Intel’s ISEF, in Los Angeles. The film follows these students through the over 600 hours of time spent on their projects and through their daily activities including after-school jobs and hanging out with friends. The film does well to capture the motivation and energy found within these students. It won the Documentary Competition at the Seattle International Film Festival and was nominated for various other awards.
Both films leave the audiences hopeful for the future that will be led by the ideas and spirit of this generation. Every year Terra Science and Education sponsors one project from each of the four regional science fairs to compete in Intel ISEF. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to change the world, submit your project to your regional Terra fair.
Below are the trailers for both films: