Young Gadget Masters scoop prizes at Google Science Fair 2013
It’s always good to hear about young Gadget Masters proving their excellence, and here is news of the winners of Google’s Science Fair for 2013.
As in previous years, the shortlisted finalists – from eight different countries – visited Google headquarters in Mountain View, California to present their projects to a panel of expert judges.
The top 15 projects were selected from thousands of entries submitted by talented young scientists from more than 120 countries around the world. These projects were impressive and represented a vast range of scientific ingenuity—from a multi-step system created for early diagnosis of melanoma cancers to the invention of a metallic exoskeleton glove that assists, supports and enhances the movement of the human palm to help people who suffer from upper hand disabilities.
The Grand Prize Winner was Eric Chen (from the 17-18 age category) for his computer-based approach for a new type of anti-flu medicine. Here is Google’s descriptions of the category winners:
- 13-14 age category: Viney Kumar (Australia) — The PART (Police and Ambulances Regulating Traffic) Program. Viney’s project looked for new ways to provide drivers with more notice when an emergency vehicle is approaching, so they can can take evasive action to get out of the emergency vehicle’s way.
- 15-16 age category: Ann Makosinski (Canada) — The Hollow Flashlight. Using Peltier tiles and the temperature difference between the palm of the hand and ambient air, Ann designed a flashlight that provides bright light without batteries or moving parts.
- 17-18 age category AND Grand Prize Winner: Eric Chen (USA) — Computer-aided Discovery of Novel Influenza Endonuclease Inhibitors to Combat Flu Pandemic. Combining computer modeling and biological studies, Eric’s project looks at influenza endonuclease inhibitors as leads for a new type of anti-flu medicine, effective against all influenza viruses including pandemic strains.
The winners will receive prizes from Google and its Science Fair partners, including CERN, LEGO, National Geographic and Scientific American.
See also: Winners of the 2012 Google Science Fair