Google Science Fair Inspires Young Minds
The Google Science Fair 2013 will be underway next week with contestants ages 13-18 from all over the world competing for a $50,000 scholarship. Each entrant must formulate their own hypothesis, conduct a coordinating experiment, and present the results before a diverse panel of judges including 2012 Google Science Fair winner, Brittany Wenger.
These remarkable young students will inspire you with some of the innovative products and solutions they have come up with to solve eco issues. Some candidates to watch for are:
A New Kind of Magnet
Kavita Selva, age 13, USA
Kavita has designed a superconductor that uses only a small amount of rare-earth materials to efficiently provide the manufacturers of electric cars and wind turbines with the magnets they need for the motors.
Research on Endangered Species
Venkat Sankar, age 14, USA
Venkat has created a simulation which will project the impact that proposed infrastructure will have on local wildlife, and endangered species in particular.
A Battery-Free Flashlight
Ann Makosinski, age 15, Canada
A Green Method to Clean Water
Shrishti Asthana, age 15, India
Shrishti has come up with a green solution for removing detergents from waste water. By using solar light she is able to quickly, and cost-effectively degrade the detergents resulting in a non-toxic end product.
Creating Bioplastics from a Banana Peel
Elif Bilgin, age 16, Turkey
Elif is replacing traditional petroleum based plastic manufacturing with bioplastics made from banana peels. These banana peel bioplastics will be applicable in various daily uses.
Check out the Google Science Fair website to get an update on this year’s grand prize winner. The winner will be announced September 23, 2013.
If you are inspired by these young and innovative minds, you might also be interested in learning about the up and coming alternative fuel source, Algae.
Photo Credit: Google Science Fair 2013, https://www.googlesciencefair.com/en/2013/, September 16, 2013