Scientific American at the Google Science Fair
The Scientific American Innovator Award honors a project in the biology, chemistry, physics, or behavioral and social sciences. The Google Science Fair, a global online competition now in its fifth year, is an international competition for students from 13 to 18. Entries for 2015 fair were due May 18.
The winner(s) of the Scientific American Innovator award will receive a total of $25,000 (to be divided if multiple winners) from Scientific American and a year of mentoring. In addition, the school of the winner(s) will receive digital access to Scientific American’s archives for 12 months.
Scientific American also sponsors the Community Impact Award, which honors a project that makes a practical difference in a community by addressing an environmental, health or resources challenge. The winner(s) will receive a total $10,000 (to be divided if multiple winners) in funding and a year of mentoring. See this full list of 2015 Google Science Fair prizes.
Scientific American has been a partner with the Google Science Fair since it launched in 2011. Other partners of the 2015 Google Science Fair are LEGO Education, National Geographic and Virgin Galactic.
For three years, we also sponsored the $50,000 Scientific American Science in Action Award, powered by the Google Science Fair, to honor a project that can make a practical difference by addressing an environmental, health or resources challenge; winning entries were innovative, easy to put into action and reproducible in other communities. Winners flew to Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., and got a year of mentoring to further the project.
In 2014, Kenneth Shinozuka, 15, won 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 created super-slim sensors, attached to a foot or in a sock, to alert caregivers via their smart phone if a patient begins to wander.
Kenneth explains his work in the video below; you can also read a Q&A with him here.
Next, 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 2012 winning project was the Unique Simplified Hydroponic Method, by 14-year-old Sakhiwe Shongwe and Bonkhe Malalela of Swaziland. (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.)
I'm the chief judge for Google Science Fair, and I always find all of the student entries very inspiring.
— Mariette DiChristina, Editor in Chief, Scientific American