Intel has launched a new initiative to train young engineers, pledging $120m over the next 10 years as part of a programme to improve science and maths education.
The US-based Science Talent Search contest dates back to 1942, but interest has waned in recent years and just 19 states participated in 2007.
The contest allows students to construct research projects in the hope of winning a trip to Washington DC to present in front of professional scientists.
Intel hopes that the injection of cash will allow the initiative to expand its reach and bring new schools into the contest.
The International Science and Engineering Fair will use the money to expand its reach overseas. Intel estimates that only 30 per cent of the fair's attendees are from other countries.
Intel plans to sponsor the creation of an online community which will allow students and past participants to network with each other.
"I cannot think of a more critical time to invest in maths and science education," said Intel vice president and corporate affairs general manager Will Swope.
"We will work with districts, schools and teachers around the world to help get students excited and engaged in subjects that provide the foundation for innovation."
Intel's efforts point to what has become a growing concern in the computing field. Many companies are finding that dwindling interest in maths and science is leaving fewer students prepared for careers in the IT field.
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