Meet the brightest young minds on the planet as they participate in the world’s most prestigious high school science competition, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). These young scientists are creating cutting-edge solutions to confront the world’s most pressing environmental threats — found right in their own backyards — while navigating the doubts and insecurities that mark adolescence. Brainiacs (working title) follows five 2017 ISEF finalists from around the world, celebrating their creativity and enthusiasm before, during and after the competition as they tackle the most complex issues facing humanity today. At an international contest with 1700 finalists from over 80 countries, the stakes are high, but the heart of our story is not whether our characters win or lose. In comparison to the severity of the environmental crisis this generation has inherited, whether they go home with an award is not their greatest concern. In a society where the grown ups have effectively failed to act in the face of an oncoming disaster, the clarity of vision these young people demonstrate calls for a worldwide role reversal where the youth are leading.


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