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Scientific American Science in Action Award

powered by the Google Science Fair

Science in Action Award

Congratulations to Kenneth Shinozuka, 15, winner of the third annual $50,000 Scientific American Science in Action Award, powered by the Google Science Fair, for his project “Wearable Sensors: A Novel Healthcare Solution for the Aging Society.” Inspired to help his family care for his grandfather, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, Kenneth’s super-slim sensors, attached to a foot or in a sock, can alert caregivers via their smart phone if a patient begins to wander.

The award, the third annual, honors a project that can make a practical difference by addressing an environmental, health or resources challenge. The winning entry is innovative, easy to put into action and reproducible in other communities. In addition to the prize, Scientific American will fly the Science in Action winner to the finalist awards event at Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., in September 2014, and will establish mentoring for a year to support further project improvements.

Kenneth explains his work in the video below; you can also read a Q&A with him here.

Below are two videos of our past winners. First, meet the 2013 winner, Elif Bilgin of Istanbul, Turkey, 16, who developed a method to make bioplastics out of old banana peels. She also won the Voter’s Choice Award!

The winning project in 2012 was the Unique Simplified Hydroponic Method, developed by 14-year-old Sakhiwe Shongwe and Bonkhe Malalela of Swaziland. (You can also learn about the science teacher who inspired them, Titus Mandala Sithole and his efforts to share the boys' methods with orphaned heads of households in Swaziland.)

 The Google Science Fair has three age categories, for ages 13-14, 15-16 and 17-18. I'm the chief judge for Google Science Fair, and you can see information on all of our Science in Action judges just below.

— Mariette DiChristina, Editor in Chief, Scientific American

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Judges

  • Beth Cole

    Acquisitions Editor, Macmillan Higher Education
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  • Thomas H. Culhane

    Co-founder of Solar CITIES e.V.
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  • Stephen Devlin

    Chief Technology Officer, Macmillan Science and Education
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  • Mariette DiChristina

    Editor in Chief, Scientific American
    JUDGE
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  • Kaigham (Ken) J. Gabriel

    Corporate Vice President at Motorola Mobility and Deputy of ATAP
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  • David Green

    Vice President, Ashoka
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  • Meghan Groome, PhD

    Executive Director, Education & Public Programs, New York Academy of Sciences
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  • Dean Kamen

    Inventor, Founder FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology);
    Host, Dean of Invention on Planet Green
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  • Daniel M. Kammen

    Distinguished Professor of Energy in the Energy and Resources Group and in the Goldman School of Public Policy, Founding Director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley
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  • Farideh Koohi-Kamali

    Publisher, Global Outreach, for Palgrave Macmillan
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  • Kristala Prather

    Theodore T. Miller Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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  • Dr. Ainissa Ramirez

    Science Evangelist & Materials Scientist
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  • Melanie S. Sanford

    Modes Gomberg Collegiate Professor of Chemistry and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Chemistry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
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  • Matthew L. Wald

    Reporter, New York Times
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