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MIT TechFair THINK Competition by Ben Jones

A national science competition "intended to motivate high school students to think about problems related to human lives."

Catherine Huang ’10 just sent me this announcement and asked me to let you guys know about a competition that she and fellow MIT undergrads Jennifer Sim and Di Ye have organized:

Introducing a great opportunity for high school students who are interested in MIT: The MIT TechFair THINK Competition!

MIT Technology Fair – a group of undergraduates dedicated to celebrating innovative technology by bringing in companies to showcase their cutting-edge research – has put together a high school outreach program, and we are inviting YOU to be a part of it!

THINK (Technology for Humanity guided by Innovation, Networking, and Knowledge), is a national science competition intended to motivate high school students to think about problems related to human lives and how we might mitigate or combat them with science and technology.

We’re offering amazing prizes – including a scholarship and an all-expenses-paid trip to MIT – to the top three winners.

To learn more about the competition, please visit

We strongly encourage you to submit any past projects that you have worked on, and any ideas, through the ideas proposal format. In its first year, THINK is allowing many different formats for submission!

Good luck guys! If you have any questions feel free to email the organizers.

Let the ideas begin flowing… good luck everyone!

24 responses to “MIT TechFair THINK Competition”

  1. Isshak says:

    Can anyone anywhere participate ?
    I’m thinking of something…

  2. Anonymous says:

    At first I thought that it said: “We’re offering amazing prizes – including a full scholarship to MIT!” That would have been nice.

  3. Anonymous says:

    lol, can admitted students do this?

  4. Jess says:

    Cathy is my hero.

  5. anonymous says:

    where do we have to send the financial aid application and the tax forms?

    room 11-120 or room 11-320???

  6. Pascale says:

    What does “all expenses paid trip” entail, admission? Please?

  7. brohan says:

    It looks like a pretty amazing fair, however it’s only limited to US-based students.

    I’m up in Canada, and I’ll have an technology-based science fair project done at around the same time as THINK, but alas.. I can’t participate.

    oh well

  8. Alison M. says:

    Holy cannoli, science guys! I think this would be a great topic you all to explore.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Don’t you think (ha ha pun) that this may give some applicants an advantage over others. Some canno take a week off in Febuary to compete even though they may have a great idea.

  10. am says:

    ^^the missing preposition is ‘for’

  11. Samuel R. says:

    My friend Zaira, an MIT student, just told me about it also. Im comtemplating participating in it but well see.
    -sam r.

  12. Man, what a good program ! I wish I could have time on this THINK instead of having to finish up other college applications. I got the program printed and will post it in my school. MIT is still my first choice. An idea proposal I may have. “all expenses paid trip” to MIT, who does not want it ? !

  13. Keri says:

    Why does Cathy make my life so much?

  14. Anonymous says:

    but can international high school students participate ?

  15. Wendi says:

    Hey everyone,

    Yes, as long as you are a high school student (admitted or not), you may participate!

    Please email [email protected] if you have any more questions!

    We’re looking for many great entries from you!

    Wendi Zhang
    Associate Director, MIT Technology Fair

  16. Jing Jing says:

    Must the submission be an individual project? Can group projects (up to 4 people) apply?

  17. Clarification on THINK Competition:

    * Award includes a one-week long all expense paid trip to MIT Tech Week.

    * Submission may be a fully implemented project or an idea proposal.

    All details are written on Application Information Booklet, available on THINK website:

  18. Anonymous says:

    Can I submit my siemens project from this year?

  19. Wendi says:

    Apologies, but international students are not available, unless they are currently residing in the
    United States. As this is our first year, we cannot accommodate international airfare.


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  21. Sanja says:

    Hey Ben smile
    I have a question regarding the application, of course smile I am international applicant so I took both TOEFL and SAT tests. Since my TOEFL score portrays me in much better light then SAT reasoning score, it is really important to me that you receive this score. I took test on 11/17/2007, but it doesn’t show up when I track my application, there are only my SATs. Should I start worrying?

  22. Sanja says:

    I can’t believe how rude I am…
    HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone and good luck with the applications smile