Big Toe joined me Thursday morning at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, which has been in Albuquerque all week. He in particular wanted to see George Hotz, who I’d featured in the morning newspaper:
George Hotz’s words exploded, as if there were three sentences in his head for every two that made it out of his mouth.
“I’m sure you’re familiar with polar coordinates. They have a theta, an R and a Z,” he said to the gray-haired man visiting his science fair booth.
The man leaned in and nodded as a smile crept across his face.
“You’re familiar with DLP technology,” Hotz said, holding up a circuit board. The man nodded again, the smile growing, as he responded, “From Texas Instruments?”
Hotz, a 17-year-old wunderkind from Glen Rock, N.J., and Craig Barrett, chairman of the board of Intel— the largest computer chip maker in the world— spoke the same language.
George, I’m happy to say, won one of the fair’s top prizes – a trip to Stockholm to the Nobel ceremonies. I feel personally privileged to have spent the week with George and the rest of these kids, who are so bright, creative, passionate and morally committed to what they do that it gives me hope.
P.S. Chantal did a nice job of capturing my enthusiasm here.