Google Science Fair finalists

Teens show off inventions at Google Science Fair

From Mashable: The answer to world hunger could lie in a single naturally-occurring bacteria.

That was the finding of this year’s winning project at the Google Science Fair.

The goal of the annual event— now in its fourth year— is to give students round the world the opportunity to experiment with ambitious scientific ideas. And, of course, potentially change the world.

This year’s competition saw thousands of teenage participants from around the world enter the online contest. The field was eventually narrowed to 18 finalists, representing 15 different projects in three different age groups.

Google hosted all 18 finalists Monday at its campus in Mountain View, Ca., where they showed off their projects to the panel of judges and hundreds of local students. The grand prize winner receives a $50,000 scholarship from Google, a grant for their school, and an expedition to the Galapagos Islands.

The winning project, came from three girls from Ireland who wanted to find out whether a naturally-occurring strain of bacteria could make certain crops more productive and increase food yields.

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