16 year old budding South African scientist, Samantha Hayward has been shortlisted among global competitors of the 2013 Google Science Fair.
The 90 regional finalists for the 2013 Google Science Fair, the largest online science fair in the world were announced last night.
The annual Google Science Fair award offers students between the ages of 13 and 18, from across the globe, the opportunity to pursue their interests in science and technology – fostering the next generation of scientists and engineers. This year, Google challenged students to develop their curiosity and come up with a winning idea.
Hayward explored the advantages and disadvantages of Body Mass Index (BMI) calculation – why its accuracy is questionable and what possible improvements can be made. The lucky 15 global finalists will be announced on 27 June and will be flown to Google’s California headquarters for the last round of judging.
Himanshi Sehgal, Souparni Roy and Richa Nagda from Kenya are also part of the 15 shortlisted finalists for the Science in Action Awards. Their entry, entitled ‘Can heat and tomatoes produce electricity?,’ looks into how electricity can be created through the transformation of solar energy into steam.