MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Ten Twin Cities high school students are in Phoenix competing for more than $3 million in the 2013 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.
Abhishek Nayer and Stephen Kim are Edina High School students. They have created a formula for predicting political unrest around the world.
“Wouldn’t it be cool to see which country would be like going down next?” Nayer said.
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Nayer and Kim created a model using information about the social and economic conditions,leading to the instability.
“It’s about trying to quantify the amount of social unrest in any country at any time,” he said.
Nayer was intrigued by the uprising in Egypt.
“So, we look at unemployment, and then look at GDP divided by GDP for those under 25, because we found that most of the people under 25 are the ones causing civil unrest,” he said.
More than 1600 finalists from all over the world will be presenting their research, ranging from cancer treatments to environmental solutions.