There have been sixteen science and technology projects that students managed to carry out. They provide hope and inspiration for a better tomorrow.
The 16 global finalists for the Google Science Fair 2016 are competing neck to neck for the prize. There were actually many projects and many nations that participated in the competition. Today the cream of the crop have been selected for the final showdown. Let’s see who they are and what they are up to:
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1. Lactose-Free Milk: Maria is from Brazil and she wanted to solve the issue of upset stomachs due to consuming milk. She developed a capsule that when dissolved in milk makes it lose its lactose content. The procedure is simple and low cost to boot.
2. Foam Recycling Filters: Ashton, Julia and Luke are from the United States and they noticed all the disposable foam items like polystyrene cups on the beaches. So they used carbon filters to recycle these foam products.
3. Malaria Management: Nikhil from the United States faced a crisis in his family when a relative living in India nearly died from malaria. He built an application that used enzyme analysis in the immunological sense to monitor the disease.
4. Ending Parched Crops: Kiara from South Africa saw her country face the worst case of drought. She found orange peel as a water absorbent material to feed the parched crops naturally during dry weather.
5. KeepTab: Shriank from India noticed that we tend to lose track of most of our belongings as we age. To monitor our personal items he made a device termed the KeepTab app. This had an accuracy and success rate of 90%.
6. The Next Big Battery: Marion, Joy and Sonia hail from Singapore and they decided to create a battery that had powers that surpassed today’s ordinary run-of-the-mill batteries. So they made a paintable supercapacitor.
7. Low Budget Farms: Mphatso from Zambia saw the poverty in his African community and wanted to do something about it. He discovered alternative means of making the required resources for farms. Lots of savings could be made in this regard.
8. Wound Management for the Future: Anushka from the United States looked into wound care. So many injuries and so little in the way of palliatives forced her to create a sensor that allowed doctors to gauge wounds without taking off the dressings.
9. Perfect Vehicles: Nishita from California knows cars inside out and upside down. She designed a scanning procedure that allowed for cars to have their flaws detected beforehand.
10. Early Lung Cancer Detection: Xin Yong of Malaysia saw his teacher contract lung cancer. So he created a sensor that detected lung cancer in its early stages. The device is dirt cheap and only costs a single buck.
11. Eradicating Breast Tumors: Anika from California knew that this silent and deadly killer of females had to be brought into control. Breast cancer required a quick and easy solution. So she designed a software that tested for this disease within a range of 84% accuracy.
12. Smartphones and Snapping Pics: Ryan who is from the United States created a software program that analyzed pics taken through a series of filters. The infrared detectors identified the objects that were caught in the pictures.
13. Doing Away with Landfills: Saliha from Bangladesh saw the waste products clog the streets and waterways of her nation. She did something about the landfills that were multiplying via Sreshto Pads. These were biodegradable and thus melted into the environment within two years.
14. Making Rockets more Shapely: Charlie from the USA had always been fascinated by rockets. He decided to make them even more efficient than they had been up until now. After lots of small-scale trials with different fin types, he chanced upon the perfect streamlined design. The aerodynamics of this design are ideal for the smoothest ride of an astronaut’s life.
15. Economical Rice Crops: Mansha hails from India. Rice is a cash crop of this beautiful and colorful land. To better the irrigation system, she designed an automated scheme that will save up on precious water. This will thus lead to greater yield with less input of water in the irrigation system of India.
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16. The Human Brain and Robotics: Zain from Saudi Arabia had always been interested in robots. He wanted to contribute towards the healing of disabled people. Exoskeletons are very unwieldy and expensive for disabled people. So Zain set out to build an exoskeleton that will retrain the brains of the disabled in order to minimize their handicap. He used a hand exoskeleton to demonstrate this new feature and function. Physically disabled people could find their way about the world much more easily thanks to this prototypical invention of his.