The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) is taking place May 9-15 in Portland, OR, with 1,200 high school students from 40 countries competing for $3 million in awards and scholarships. But more than 1,000 volunteer judges from colleges and universities, private sectors, and government agencies are needed to work with students and evaluate exhibits. Judges must have a Ph.D. or six years of experience in a field equivalent to that being judged. To volunteer, go to www.intelisef2004.org.
A make-your-own Star Wars Sith Lightsaber hilt is heftier and better-looking than most others out there, according to its maker, Sean Charlesworth. You can 3D print it from free source files, and there's even a hardware kit available -- not free -- so you can build one just in time for Halloween.
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