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Ethan Swagel (Grade 12) Attends International Science and Technology Summer Program at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology

Ethan Swagel (Grade 12) adjusts a mirror to align a laser beam for his project at SciTech—an international science and technology summer program at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, which combines scientific research with cultural and social activities. Ethan is working on a project to improve the resolution of telescopic imaging.

"I've been really shocked at how similar people from Sydney are to people from Shanghai, or Barcelona, or even to me from Washington. I instantly made lifelong friends from across the globe," said Ethan. Some 44 students from eight countries—including another three students from the Washington, D.C. area, are participating in this year's SciTech program, which runs through August 9.