Now in its sixth successful year, Google Science Fair 2016 culminated in an inspiring three-day final event at Google in Mountain View, California with the support of EdComs as hosts for the event’s judging process.
The top projects ranged from a digital tool to help catalogue missing items for Alzheimer’s sufferers, to an early detection tool for breast cancer and an exoskeleton glove to help retrain the brain and muscles after paralysis.
The judges – experts from around the world and spanning the fields of science and engineering – selected 16-year-old Kiara Nirghin as the Grand Prize winner, who developed a low-cost, sustainable, super-absorbent material using orange peel to combat drought.
Four more finalists were selected as winners to receive prizes offered by Science Fair partners LEGO Education, National Geographic, Scientific American and Virgin Galactic.
The Awards Celebration event marked the end of several months’ hard work to find this year’s winners. Between February and May this year, thousands of young people,13-18, from around the world, submitted innovative science and engineering projects, all with a focus on making the world better. In June, we trained science and engineer professionals to narrow down the thousands of entries to just 100 regional finalists. These global experts in a variety of topics – from astrophysics to computer science to electrical engineering – reviewed the thousands of projects and selected their top 16 in London.
Since the launch of Science Fair in 2011, EdComs has offered support to entrants during the submissions phase through an online FAQ forum and regular Google Hangouts on Air mentor sessions.
Find out more about this inspiring competition, the finalists and winners at www.googlesciencefair.com.