Irish Students Win Top Prize at Google Science Fair

Google Science Fair 2014

Three Cork teenagers have bagged the top prize at the Google Science Fair 2014 in California.

 

Three Cork teenagers have bagged the top prize at the Google Science Fair 2014 in California. Ciara Judge (16), Emer Hickey (16) and Sophie Healy-Thow (16) from Kinsale Community School beat entries from 17 other American and world schools to take the top prize which is sponsored by Google.

Google Science Fair 2014 Irish Winners

The 18 finalists were selected from over 5,000 entries in 90 different countries.The Cork trio won the BT Young Scientist title in January 2013 before heading to the Czech Republic last September and winning the €7,000 top prize in the EU Young Scientist competition.

The girls’ project on seed germination revolves around their discovery that bacteria which occur naturally in the soil can help kick-start the germination of some crops by as much as 50pc. Experts believe the commercial applications of their discovery are enormous.The top prize for winning the title is a €30,000 scholarship from Google and an all-expenses paid field study trip to the Galapagos Islands where Charles Darwin formulated his theory of evolution.

Kinsale Community School principal Fergal McCarthy said they were absolutely delighted by the girls’ latest triumph.

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