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Why Intel Ended Its Relationship With the Science Talent Search

It may have been a summer filled with high-profile breakups, but for educators, perhaps the most shocking split came this September—not in Hollywood, but Silicon Valley—when Intel and the Science Talent Search (STS) announced they were ending their 17-year relationship.

Like a jilted lover, the Society for Science & the Public announced it would be seeking new sponsorship for its high-school competition, which has effectively served as the country’s  premiere science fair since its inception in 1942. Fans of the competition reacted accordingly, taking to Twitter to share stories of the one-time romance, bemoan the breakup, and offer up a collective cry of “Why?!”