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Scientific American at the Google Science Fair

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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. This year the winner is Krtin Nithiyanandam, 15, the U.K., for his work in improving Alzheimer's diagnosis. The Google Science Fair, now in its fifth year, is an international competition for students from 13 to 18. It's an inspiring way to support the world's young scientists.

Krtin will receive a total of $25,000 from Scientific American and a year of mentoring. In addition, his school will receive digital access to our 170 years of 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. Lalita Prasida Sripada Srisai, 14, of India, will receive a total $10,000 in funding and a year of mentoring for her project on using corn cobs to absorb toxins in water. 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 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



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