$630k in prizes to encourage US high-school science

17 year old wins top prize in Intel’s science competition

A home-schooled 17 year-old maths prodigy from Danville, California has won $100,000 from the Intel Foundation as part of the ‘Cracking the Code’ science competition.

Intel announced the top ten winners of the Intel Science Talent Search 2011 which saw $630,000 of prizes distributed to winners of "America’s most elite and demanding high school research competition."

Evn O’Dorney won the top price for his mathematical project in which he compared two ways to estimate the square root of an integer. Evan discovered precisely when the faster way would work. 

Intel said that as a byproduct of Evan’s research he solved other equations useful for encrypting data. 

"The creativity and leadership of these 40 Intel Science Talent Search mathematicians and scientists hold tremendous potential to move our country forward," said Intel boss Paul Otellini.

Details of the other winners can be found on the Intel release.

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