Two Indian students, one NRI student in Saudi Arabia and four Indian-origin students in the US are among the top 16 finalists for the 6th annual “Google Science Fair 2016” and one of them from Banglore National Public School will be a srong contender with his unique and futuristic project on memory recollection framework.
Shriyank K. from National Public School, Bangalore, and Mansha Fatima,15, from Sadhu Vaswani International School, Hyderabad are the two Indian students. Zain Samdhani, an NRI student from Saudi Arabia. The US-based Indian origin students are: Nikhil Gopal, 15, Anushka Naiknaware, 13, Nishita Belur, 13, and Anika Cheerla, 14.
The Google Science Fair carries $50,000 scholarship and the contenders can travel with their families to Mountain View city located in Santa Clara County, California, where the final winner will be announced at a ceremony on September 27.
“From a breathalyzer test that could predict lung cancer to a carbon filter that may significantly decrease styrofoam waste, these top 16 projects from nine countries around the world represent the brightest ideas to make things better through science and engineering”, said Andrea Cohan of Google Science Fair team.
Shriyank, 16, has submitted his project on “KeepTab: A novel way to aid memory with deep learning algorithms”, which is a wearable device that uses a cloud-based deep learning framework to help humans to recall memory of the location they had visited in the past with its day-to-day objects.
Another Indian is Mansha Fatima,15, from Sadhu Vaswani International School, Hyderabad, who sought to create an “Automated Water Management and Monitoring System in Paddy Fields”.
The system helps farmers monitor water levels in rice paddy fields for the best possible crop yields. It ensures an automated system — the opening and closing of the reservoir and field gates, checking the age of the plant and corresponding optimum water level required for that period of plant age.
Farmers can monitor the water level in the field by using their mobile phones as they constantly receive alerts on the field work.
Nikhil Gopal has submitted his project on “Point of Care Testing for Malaria Using a Smartphone and Microfluidic ELISA”, Anushka on “Fractal inspired Chitosan and Carbon Nanoparticle Based Biocompatible Sensor for Wound Management”, Nishita on “Detection of Metal Surface Defects Using Laser Light Reflection” and Anika Chherla on “Automated Prediction of Future Breast Cancer Occurrence from Non-Cancerous Mammograms”.
Samdhani’s project is “ExoHeal: Utilizing neuroplasticity to provide rehabilitation to stroke patients and cure hand paralysis.”
The aim of the project is to design and develop a precise, compact, light-weight and a portable solution, with independent motion on each phalange in order to potentially cure hand paralysis and provide rehabilitation to stroke patients and those with muscular degenerative diseases.
Last year, Lalita Prasida from Odisha won the Google Science Fair Award 2015.