Girls rock the science fair!

Published on August 22nd, 2011
Girls rock the science fair!

With more than 10 000 students from 91 countries who entered, the 2011 Google Science Fair proved to be a great success.

The global science initiative started by, well, Google of course, allowed entries to be submitted over the web. They were then brought down to 60 semifinalists and then 15 finalists, one of them being South Africa’s very own Luke Taylor.

Girl power was the order of the day with three girls taking first prize in their age groups.

Lauren Hodge in the 13 -14 age group studied the effect of different marinades on the level of potentially harmful carcinogens in grilled chicken.

Naomi Shah in the 15-16 age group endeavored to prove that making changes to indoor environments that improve indoor air quality can reduce people’s reliance on asthma medications.

Shree Bose in the 17-18 age group discovered a way to improve ovarian cancer treatment for patients when they have built up a resistance to certain chemotherapy drugs.

All we can say is “WOW”, not because they’re girls, but because they went a step further and allowed their curiosity to make groundbreaking discoveries.

So, will you be entering next year?

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