2011 ISEF Newsletter #6

Ryota Ishizuka, junior at Greenwich High School, is the author of Tuesday’s newsletter. With projects being pre-judged (without the students present) the day was free for sightseeing.  Ryota’s biography and abstract are found at Meet the Winners.

Today, the CSF finalists were given a taste of the west coast vibe through an extensive tour of the city.  Shubhro was unable to join us, as he attended the Intel STS panel presentation.  The day began with a much needed relapse from all of the commotion, as we were allowed to sleep in late before departing.  Refreshed with a good night’s sleep, we made our way down to the hotel lobby, where we enjoyed a quick continental breakfast.  After a short wait, the group boarded a double-decker tourism bus to embark on the five hour long Los Angeles Grand City Tour.  We climbed up to the second floor of and made our way to the front of the bus, where we managed to save the seats right in front of the large glass window panel.  For the following few hours, the group was shuttled to different locations, where we were given brief, yet colorful explanations of the different attractions.  We experienced such highlights as the hand and footprints of the stars at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the infamous Hollywood sign, the exclusive and upscale aura of Beverley Hills, the bustle of Chinatown, and the unique vibe of downtown LA.  A satisfying lunch was enjoyed at a Johnny Rocket’s restaurant at the Farmer’s Market.

Following the tour of the city, we relaxed for a few hours at the local park and enjoyed another game of Ultimate Frisbee.  The finalists then made their way to an Intel-hosted social event.  Intel ISEF participants were granted exclusive access to the facilities at LA Live, including the Lucky Strike bowling alley, the ESPN Zone featuring 150 TVs, and the Club Nokia dance party.  After grabbing a quick dinner by the upscale bowling alley, we got on the dance floor, where we joined finalists from all areas of the world under the disco lights.  Following a night well spent, we returned to the hotel, ready for the competition facing us tomorrow.

Photos of the day: (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ctsciencefair/sets/72157626572524851/)


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