Students from around the globe are being challenged to make a difference by taking part in the largest online science fair in the world, the Google Science Fair. This global online science competition invites thousands of students aged 13 to 18 from around the world to explore an area of science they’re passionate about and enter their projects online.
Students have three months to enter their projects to compete for incredible prizes, scholarships and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Last year’s Google Science Fair winners explored a new anti-flu medicine, a battery-free flashlight, banana bioplastics and a signalling system for emergency vehicles.
This year’s Fair is sponsored by Google in partnership with LEGO® Education, National Geographic, Scientific American and Virgin Galactic.
LEGO Education believes this is a critical calling to ensure we are developing the talent required to continue economic development and technological advancement for the betterment of society. The Google Science Fair is a great way to encourage and showcase how today’s student’s innovative projects and designs will help solve tough science and engineering challenges that we face today and in the future.
The 2014 Google Science Fair Winners have been announced!
15-16 age category & Grand Prize Winners
Ciara Judge, Émer Hickey and Sophie Healy-Thow (Ireland) became interested in addressing the global food crisis after learning about the Horn of Africa famine in 2011. When a gardening project went awry, they discovered a naturally occurring bacteria in soil called Diazotroph. The girls determined that the bacteria could be used to speed up the germination process of certain crops, like barley and oats, by 50 percent, potentially helping fulfil the rising demand for food worldwide. Oh – and they’re 16 years old.
13-14 age category
Mihir Garimella (Pennsylvania, USA) for his project FlyBot: Mimicking Fruit Fly Response Patterns for Threat Evasion. Like many boys his age, Mihir is fascinated with robots. But he took it to the next level and actually built a flying robot, much like the ones used in search and rescue missions, that was inspired by the way fruit flies detect and respond to threats. Mihir is also the winner of the very first Computer Science award, sponsored by Google.
17-18 age category
Hayley Todesco (Alberta, Canada) for her project Waste to Water: Biodegrading Naphthenic Acids using Novel Sand Bioreactors. Hayley became deeply interested in the environment after watching Al Gore’s documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.” Her project uses a sustainable and efficient method to break down pollutant substances and toxins found in tailing ponds water in her hometown, a hub of the oil sands industry.
The Scientific American Science in Action award
Kenneth Shinozuka (Brooklyn, New York) for his wearable sensors project. Kenneth was inspired by his grandfather and hopes to help others around the world dealing with Alzheimer's. The Scientific American award is given to a project that addresses a health, resource or environmental challenge.
Voter’s Choice award
Arsh Dilbagi (India) for his project Talk, which enables people with speech difficulties to communicate by simply exhaling.
Stay tuned for the 2015 Google Science Fair – how will you change the world?