The International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), a program of Society for Science and the Public is the world’s largest pre-college science competition that provides opportunity for the world’s best young scientists and inventors to come together to share ideas, showcase cutting-edge science projects, and compete for US $4 million in awards and scholarships. Approximately 1,800 (grade 8 – 12) students from over 78 countries and territories participate each year.
In Pakistan, the program involves over 10,000 students annually. Competitions are initially held at the provincial levels, from where students are shortlisted to participate in the ISEF affiliated Shaukat Khanum National Science and Engineering Fair. Every year 3 to 5 projects (5 to 8 students) are selected to participate at the international fair. The initiative was launched in Pakistan in 2004, with the aim of promoting students’ interest in science and research. In the past few years projects designed by Pakistani students have won many positions at international competitions. Since 2006, there have been 14 positions won by Pakistani students at ISEF.
An Nafi Educational Technologies (ANETech) is the only registered agency with the Society for Science and the Public (USA), for the program implementation in Pakistan. The local implementation agency (ANETech) is the driving force for ISEF program in Pakistan to hold Science Fairs all across the country, arranged at the provincial and national levels.