Winners of the 2012 Google Science Fair
The high-powered panel of judges included Vint Cerf, Chief Internet Evangelist at Google, and Steve Myers, Director for Accelerators and Technology at CERN. You can see the geographic spread of the winner projects here.
The Grand Prize winner is Brittany Wenger of Lakewood Ranch, Florida. Her project was a “Global Neural Network Cloud Service for Breast Cancer”:
“Leveraging the computing power of the cloud to assist with medical diagnosis can become an effective tool for doctors to provide more consistent and reliable care. Artificial neural networks detect patterns too complex to be recognized by humans and can be applied to breast mass malignancy classification when evaluating Fine Needle Aspirates (FNAs). This project teaches the cloud how to diagnose breast cancer by implementing a custom-crafted neural network that consumes FNA data collected by the University of Wisconsin to answer the question – is a mass malignant or benign?”
In the 13-14 age category the winner was Jonah Kohn. His project was “Good Vibrations: Improving the Music Experience for People with Hearing Loss Using Multi-Frequency Tactile Sound.” By creating a device that converts sound into tactile vibrations, his project attempts to provide the hearing impaired with an improved experience of music, writes Google.
In the 15-16 age category the winner was Iván Hervías Rodríguez, Marcos Ochoa and Sergio Pascual (Spain), for the “La Vida Oculta del Agua (The Secret Life of Water).” Iván, Marcos and Sergio studied hidden microscopic life in fresh water, documenting the organisms that exist in a drop of water, and how those organisms influence our environment.
Details of the prizes can be found here, and very impressive they are, too. For example, the Grand Prize includes a trip to the Galápagos Archipelago and a Google scholarship worth $50,000, which is intended to be used towards further education costs.
“The judges were impressed with the quality of all the projects this year–and by the ingenuity, dedication and passion of the young scientists who created them. We applaud every contestant who submitted a project to the 2012 Google Science Fair and look forward to seeing the innovations, inventions and discoveries of young scientists in the years to come,” writes Cristin Frodella, Google in Education.