LOS ANGELES -- Drawing upon his experience, Walter O'Brien, founder of Scorpion Computer Services and the inspiration for the hit CBS series, "Scorpion," will welcome close to 1,000 competitors to the final day of the California State Science Fair on Tuesday, May 24, 2016.
Walter O'Brien's unique story will serve as an inspiration for the competitors who are all middle and high school students. According to Scorpion Computer Services, at the age of 9, O'Brien was designated a child prodigy after scoring 197 on an IQ test. He started Scorpion Computer Services at the age of 13 to service local businesses and financial institutions and navigate their introduction to analytics, computerization and the internet. By the time he was 18, Walter O'Brien was the sixth fastest computer programmer in the world.
Walter serves as chairman or board member for Houston Technology Center, Strike Force Solutions, Talentorum Alliance, Lawloop and Pantheon Energy and previously has served on the boards of American Environmental Energy, Starglobe and Toin Corp. In addition, O'Brien is frequently called on by news media, the government and the federal court system for his technology expertise.
Now in its 65th Year, the California State Science Fair is hosted by the California Science Center. Nearly 1,000 participating students with 845 projects represent 30 affiliated county and multi-county regional science fairs throughout California. Their projects span 22 categories – from aerodynamics/hydrodynamics to zoology – in two age divisions and will be judged by a volunteer pool of some 400 scientists and engineers from private industry and higher education.
The California State Science Fair will culminate with two award ceremonies Tuesday, May 24 in the Science Center's Wallis Annenberg Building: The Junior Division ceremony will take place from 4:00-5:00 p.m. followed by the Senior Division ceremony from 5:30-6:30 p.m.