Two Irish projects make Google Science Fair shortlist
Hopes of a nation rest on candles, seaweed
TechLife | 21 May 2012 :
Google has announced the regional finalists of its second Google Science Fair, the largest online science competition in the world, and for the first time Irish entries have made the shortlist.
The international competition which had thousands of entries from more than 100 countries today announced 90 regional finalists, including two entries from Ireland. Ireland's hopefuls are represented by 14-year-old Ralph Moran from Dublin who has been shortlisted in the EMEA 13- to 14-year-old category for his project investigating the amount of oxygen used by the average candle. In the EMEA 17- to 18-year-old category, Clonakilty all girl team Muireasa Carroll, Mairead Kingston and Denise Hurley created a renewable energy source from seaweed lettuce.
The judges were impressed by the quality of the projects, and it was a difficult task for them to evaluate the creativity, scientific merit and global relevance of each submission to narrow down the entries to just 90 finalists.
Each regional finalist will receive a Chromebook and framed certificate acknowledging their achievement. The top 15 finalists will be selected and announced on 6 June and will be flown out to Google's headquarters in California in July for the final round of judging.TechCentral Reporters