The Google Science Fair is an online science and engineering competition open to students ages 13 to 18 from around the globe. It encourages them to change the world through scientific inquiry and problem solving. They’ll learn about their chosen topic and develop key skills along the way, and this years winner is a 16 year old South African by name of Kiara Nirghin.
Her invention, which tackles drought in South Africa, won her first place and she walked away with R687,480 ZAR which will be put towards her education in scholarship funding.
Kiara’s invention – a project entitled No More Thirsty Crops – makes use of orange peel and avocado skins to develop what is known as a superabsorbent polymer (SAP) which is capable of storing reserves of water hundreds of times its own weight. The creation effectively would allow farmers to maintain their crops at a reduced cost, and the solution is entirely based on recyclable and biodegradable waste products.
Congratulations Kiara, you have made Africa proud and were sure your future looks bright. Keep up the great work!