Backed by LEGO Education, National Geographic, Scientific American and Virgin Galactic, thousands of entries were narrowed down to 20 today as Google revealed the eleven male and nine female finalists who represent ten countries in total – United States (7 projects), Canada (2), Singapore (2), Taiwan (2), UK (2), Bosnia, France, India, Lithuania, Russia and Taiwan.
All of the projects are centred around solving challenges in the world around us. Some highlights include a water purification method using corn cobs and a way to transport Ebola antibodies through silk.
The finalists will be brought to the search giant’s Mountain View HQ on September 21 to present their projects in front of a panel of scientists and scholars to be in with a chance of winning a $50,000 scholarship among other prizes from the partners.
Google will be introducing each of the finalists over the next twenty days on its Education blog.
Last year’s winners – Ciara Judge, Sophie Healy-Thow and Emer Hickey – took on world hunger as they investigated the use of diazotroph bacteria as a cereal crop germination and growth aid.