Colorado Teens Compete at Intel Science Fair

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When you hear the words "science fair," you might think of clocks connected to potatoes or baking soda volcanoes. But they get a whole lot more sophisticated than that. Ryan Warner speaks with some teens who are exploring some cutting edge research. Jesse Ellison is a senior at Bayfield High School near Durango. He's designed a more efficient rocket engine. Tonya Pavlenko and Laura Gudvangen are both juniors at Palmer High School in Colorado Springs. They are working together on a team project to find a new way to treat melanoma.

They are some of the more than two dozen Colorado high school students who have made it to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, which bills itself as the world's largest pre-college science competition. It's taking place this week in San Jose, California. They're competing against 1,500 teens from around the globe for scholarship money...the top prize is $75,000.

Click here to find out more information about the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

Click here to see a list of all of the Colorado students that made the trip to San Jose and find out more about the Colorado State Science and Engineering fair.

[Photo: Courtesy of Intel]