Google Science Fair was first introduced in January 2011. This fair is open for the 13 to 18 years old students all around the globe. This is a global online science and technology competition, sponsored by the Google, National Geographic, Lego, Virgin Galactic and Scientific American. Students need to formulate a hypothesis, execute an experiment and conclude their results. All the participants must have a free Google Account. The projects must be in English, Italian, German, Spanish or French. All the entries are judged on the basis of eight criteria that include participant’s presentation, hypothesis, question, research, experiment, data, observation and the final conclusion.
This year Google has announced 15 finalists for the Google Science Fair 2014. All the finalists are the young scientists who are doing the real research that can change the world.
Finalists for Google Science Fair 2014
- Trisha Prabhu, Naperville
- Mihir Garimella, Pennsylvania
- Pranav Sivakumar, Barrington
- Mark Drobnich, Uzhhorod
- George Martin, San Diego
- Arsh Dilbagi, Panipat
- Kenneth Shinozuka, New York
- Samuel Burrow, Lancaster
- Eswar Anandapadmanaban, New Jersey
- Ciara Judge, Emer Hickey and Sophie Healy Thow, Kinsale
- Cynthia Sin Nga Lam, Melbourne
- Hayley Todesco, Calgary
- Daniela Lee and Sadhika Malladi, San Jose
- Guillaume Rolland, Nantes
- Anastasia Korovyansky, Moscow.
#1 Arsh Shah Dilbagi, Panipat – India
Arsh Shah Dilbagi is a 16 year old 12th Grade Student of DAV Public School, Panipat. He would like to be called as Robo because in future he would like to make his career in Robotics. His hobbies include, Photography, Web designing, Cinematography, 3D Modelling & Rendering and Swimming. He also won IRO 2010 at the National Level, IRO 2011 and FLL 2011 at the Regional Level for designing a working prototype of an Autonomous UGV.
# Project: Talk-An Innovative AAC Device For People With Developmental Disabilities
Today, around 1 percent of the world is suffering from the disabilities that reduce the ability of speech. The devices AAC, Augmentative and Alternative Communication Devices are available to help people to communicate, but these devices have some drawbacks. Arsh developed a system under which users can exhale through the nose and let them able to speak and give commands in English by using any of the 9 voices. This project was a Scientific American Science in action prize nominee and the Science Award nominee. See project here.
#2 Trisha Prabhu, Naperville – United States
Trisha Prabhu is a 13 year old, 8th Grader student of the Scullen Middle School, Naperville, IL. She is fascinated by the behavioral science, especially psychobiology, psychology and the cognitive science. She wants to save many young adolescent from the negative effects of the cyber bullying. Trisha is well determined to find out the best long-term solution for preventing the cyber bullying by the use of Science and Technology. Her innovative approach will surely create a big change in the world and save millions of people all around the world by preventing them from the Cyberbullying.
# Project: Rethink: An Effective Way To Prevent Cyberbullying – Research
Trisha developed a Rethink program that will notify the user about the outgoing message that contains the language which is potentially abusive or offensive. The objective of her project is to abate the ever-increasing trend of cyber-bullying among the adolescents. See project here.
#3 Mihir Garimella, Pennsylvania – United States
Mihir is a student of Fox Chapel Area High School in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. Mihir has been participating in the Science Fairs since sixth grade and won a first place each year. He would like to become an entrepreneur or researcher and use the power of technology to solve the pressing world problems like cancer, hunger, global energy crises and so on.
# Project: Flybot : Mimicking Fruit Fly Response Patterns For Threat Evasion
Generally, Fruit flies are able to evade getting swatted because it has the ability to maneuver like a fighter jet. He believes that replicating the visual system of the flies will help drones to navigate the obstacles more nimbly. He developed a sensor reminiscent of the fruit fly visual system that is helpful in avoiding these obstacles. His project was also nominated in the Computer Science Award. See project here.
#4 Kenneth Shinozuka, New York City – USA
Kenneth, 15 year old participant belongs to the New York City, USA. He is an Eagle Scout and fond of the outdoor activities. Kenneth aims to bridge the engineering and neuroscience by inventing the technology. He is very much inspired from his parent, that’s why he wants to give the best solution for the mysteries of the brain and find out a treatment for the Alzheimer’s.
# Project: Wearable Sensors: A Novel Healthcare Solution For The Aging Society.
As per the research, around 65% of the 5.2 million Americans are suffering from the Alzheimer’s wander that can cause injury or sometimes death. Kenneth understands well about this problem while caring of his grandfather. Therefore, to keep people safe he decided to make a device that could sense when the wandered stood up and put pressure on their foot. This device will send a notification to the caregiver’s Smartphone through Bluetooth. Due to this project he became the Scientific American Science in Action Award Winner. See project here.
#5 Gregory Martin, San Diego – United States
Gregory Martin, Student of Marshall Middle School in San Diego, CA is one of the finalists of the Google Science Fair 2014. He is an enthusiastic fencer and love doing Science. His love towards Science is due to the eagerness of knowing and understanding the reality of world. Martin wants to be a microbiologist or organic chemist. He also wants to start a company that researches the algae based biofuels.
# Project: Increasing Lipid Yields in Chlorella Vulgaris Through Natural Nitrogen Depletion
Chlorella Vulagris, type of Algae is used for developing the Biofuel. The conventional lipid extraction of the algae includes several steps which increases the cost of the product and that lead in the lower yield. He worked on this technology in which to increase the lipids in the cells naturally by consuming the nitrogen but Martin developed the method in which no algae will be transferred for the nitrogen depletion that results in the higher yields. See project here.
These are the young stars of the world who are practicing to change the world by giving their innovative approaches by using the concepts of Science and Technology. Voting is closed as of now and winners of Google Science Fair 2014 will be announced on September 22nd at 7 PM (PST Time).
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