Four Canadian teenagers made regional finalists for the Google Science Fair earlier this month.
The online fair, which is the largest of its kind in the world, offers students the opportunity to pursue their interest in science and technology. This year’s theme was “It’s your turn to change the world.”
These were the four finalists for Canada:
- Amit Scheer from Ontario and his idea: Overproduction of reactive oxygen species in Mitochondria, a principle cause of cancer.
- Anam Rizvi from Alberta and his idea: Automating the Diagnosis of Heart Conditions.
- Maya Burhanpurkar from Ontario and her idea: The first detection of the elusive time-integral of distance and its real-world applications.
- Ann Makosinski from British Columbia and her idea: Hollow Flashlight.
This week, Makosinski made it to the next round, the only Canadian among 15 finalists. Inspired by the likes of Nikola Tesla, Marie Curie, and Pandit Ravi Shankar, her flashlight runs solely off body heat.
“Using four Peltier tiles and the temperature difference between the palm of the hand and ambient air, I designed a flashlight that provides bright light without batteries or moving parts,” she explains. “My design is ergonomic, thermodynamically efficient, and only needs a five degree temperature difference to work and produce up to 5.4 mW at 5 foot candles of brightness.”
“Young people across Canada have made significant contributions to solving some of today’s greatest challenges,” says Wendy Bairos of Google. “Through the Google Science Fair we want to support and foster the next generation of scientists and engineers.”