Google Science Fair Grand Prize Won By 17yr Old Girls Breast Cancer Project.
Seventeen year old Brittany Wenger (USA) stole the show at the second annual Google science fair held yesterday at Google HQ in Mountain View, Calif with her inspired project “Global Neural Network Cloud Service for Breast Cancer,” an application that compares individual test results to a data-set stored in the cloud, allowing doctors to diagnose/asses tumors using a minimally-invasive procedure. This entry not only won Brittany both her age category and the grand prize but also landed her a $50,000 scholarship money windfall and an all-expenses paid 10 day holiday to the Galapagos Islands courtesy of National Geographic.
The annual science fair invites students from all over the world to submit their science projects digitally from which 15 outstanding entries were selected based on criteria ranging from hypotheses to experiment design and data collection. The finalists presented their projects yesterday, with winners (announced in a live stream last night at 8:30 PST) selected in each of three age groups — 13-14, 15-16 and 17-18 — as well as a grand prize winner. This year Scientific American Magazine (one of Google’s science fair partners) also selected a project to receive the Science in action award which was reserved for the entrant whose project addressed a social, environmental or health issue and could make a practical difference.
The science in action award went to Bohnke Mahlalela and Sakhiwe Shongwe (Swaziland) for their project “Unique Simplified Hydroponic for Swaziland Poor Subsistence Farmers,” a method of hydroponics which utilizes local waste organic matter to aid crop growth.
The 13-14 group winner was Jonah Khan (USA) for his entry “Good Vibrations: Improving the Music Experience for People with Hearing Loss Using Multi-Frequency Tactile Sound,” a device that converts sound into tactile vibrations.
The 15-16 group winners were Iván Hervías Rodríguez, Marcos Ochoa and Sergio Pascual (Spain) for their study of the microscopic life in fresh water, entitled “La Vida Oculta del Agua (The Secret Life of Water).”