Thursday, August 11, 2016
Editor's note: Today, we’re announcing 16 Global Finalists for Google Science Fair 2016. One of these top projects will become the Grand Prize Winner, announced live at the sixth annual Awards Celebration in September from Mountain View, California. To follow the final stages of this year’s competition, visit the Google Science Fair site, and follow along with us on Google+ and Twitter.
Thousands of projects. Hundreds of countries. Months of anticipation.
Please join us in celebrating the 2016 class of Google Science Fair Global Finalists!
From a breathalyzer test that could predict lung cancer to a carbon filter that may significantly decrease styrofoam waste, these top 16 projects from 9 countries around the world, represent the brightest ideas to make things better through science and engineering.
Meet the finalists
Please join us and our partners — LEGO Education, Scientific American, National Geographic and Virgin Galactic — as we welcome the 2016 Global Finalists and their incredible ideas.
Maria (16) - Brazil
Fighting foam waste with recycled filters
Ashton (14), Julia (14), Luke (14) - United States
Malaria monitoring on the go
Nikhil (15) - United States
No more thirsty crops
Kiara (16) - Johannesburg
KeepTab: never lose your things again!
Shriank (16) - India
Powerful Paint: the next generation battery
Marion (18), Joy (18), and Sonia (18) - Singapore
Keeping farms alive on a budget
Mphatso (18) - Zambia
Smart wound care for the future
Anushka (13) - United States
Flawless cars through the power of light
Nishita (13) - United States
Saving our breath: detecting lung cancer early
Xin Yong (18) - Malaysia
Beating breast cancer with better tests
Anika (14) - United States
Smart Snapshots: storytelling with smartphones
Ryan (15) - United States
Avoiding landfills with sreshto pads
Saliha (15) - Bangladesh
Growing up in Pakistan and Bangladesh opened Saliha's (15) eyes to the sheer volume of waste being generated by these densely populated areas, leading her community to host some of the world's largest landfills. Determined to find a solution to cut down on non-biodegradable waste, Saliha turned to a common personal hygiene item: sanitary pads. With the local economy booming with the sanitary industry, she knew it was only a matter of time before landfills would become overwhelmed with these products, which contain plastics and harmful chemicals. So, Saliha created a safer, chemical-free option made entirely of plant materials that will degrade in just two year's time. She hopes her new "Sreshto" pads will help more local women feel comfortable while also making the environment safer for everyone.
Streamlining rockets for space
Charlie (16) - United States
Charlie (16) lives on Martha's Vineyard Island, Massachusetts and he's fascinated with aerospace engineering, particularly rockets. Rockets are used in everything from exploring space to environmental research and the global positioning systems that help us figure out where we're going with our smartphone map apps. He's been building his own rockets since 6th grade, and Charlie was recently inspired to find out if he could make jet rockets even more efficient. Typical jet performance is controlled by fins built with complex mechanical pieces that can weigh down a jet and lead it to perform at lower speeds and altitudes. After experimenting with multiple fin types, Charlie determined that Synthetic Jet Actuators offer the best aerodynamic control for rockets. The more efficient rockets are, the less fuel they'll use, keeping costs low. Charlie believes that if the Synthetic Jet Actuator is used in the production of all rockets they'll be even more effective at performing their various missions on Earth or in space.
More rice with less water
Mansha (15) - India
ExoHeal: Retraining your brain with robots
Zain (16) - Saudi Arabia
What’s next for the Global Finalists?
This is just the beginning. We can’t wait to welcome these 13-18 year olds to the sixth annual Google Science Fair Awards Celebration in California for the chance to win one of our awards including a $50,000 scholarship. Here, an esteemed panel of judges will review the 16 finalists and announce the much-anticipated winners. Don’t miss the Awards Celebration, livestreamed on our website, on September 27th.