Great Intel at INTEL Round Two

  • INTEL Round Two Brings Two Sayville Students Honors


    After the Semifinalist/Round Two of the Intel Long Island Science & Engineering Fair (LISEF), Maria Brown, Sayville Science Research Teacher, had good news to share: The Sayville Intel Division did extremely well with students Jared Bergen and Linxin (Sam) Wu placing in their respective competitions:


    Senior Jared Bergen took First Place in Animal Sciences for his project Geospatial Analysis of Cetacean Distribution and Habitat Utilization Related to Prey Density and Sea Surface Temperature off the Long Island Coastline, New York. This project has an amazing backstory:


        While the data for this research project was donated by the Coastal Research & Education Society of Long Island (CRESLI), Jared had learned GIS in the Stony Brook University ACE Course taught at the high school by his R.I.S.E. teacher Maria Brown.  In addition, Jared was mentored both by Mrs. Brown who is also the Vice President of CRESLI and by Dr. Arthur Kopelman, President of CRESLI and long-time Sayville resident. Jared's research provides support for extending the Georges Bank Humpback Whale Marine Sanctuary westward along the Long Island coastline. These whales have been observed in Long Island waters for the study period of 1989 - 2015 and are currently listed as Endangered by IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

      For this project, Jared also received the Irwin Wissner Conservation Award, the Ricoh Sustainable Development Award, and the Arizona State University Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives Award. 



    As a First Place winner in his category, Jared will be competing at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair where approximately 1,700 students from over seventy nations will compete in twenty-two categories for over five million dollars in prizes in Phoenix Arizona from May 8-13th.



    Sophomore Linxin (Sam) Wu took Third Place in the Embedded Systems Category for his invention of the Laser USB Flash Drive which he built in Sayville High School’s R.I.S.E. Laboratory. Sam is an Exchange Student from China who has invented a flash drive that can transfer large data files in seconds including complete Operating Systems!  Sam also received the Intel Excellence Award in Computer Science and the U.S. Air Force Outstanding Science Engineering Project Award.


    Sam will move on to the New York State Science & Engineering Fair on Monday March 21st along with Nicole Farese, Daria Zeman, Sean Velazquez, Caitlin Gormley, and Jahan Rahman to see if they can join Jared in Arizona!!


    Congratulations to all of the Intel Varsity Level Competitors!