Written by Andrew Octavian
Winning the 2015 Google Science Fair was like a dream came true to Olivia – from Connecticut, United States of America – who had developed a faster, cheaper, and more stable test for Ebola virus in less than 30 minutes. She noticed the problem the current Ebola detection was complex and lengthy, thus she simplified it while maintaining its integrity. However, the key to her victory was her innovation of utilizing silk fibers to stabilize the chemicals tested, allowing them to be stored at room temperature for up to 3 weeks, no refrigeration required, unlike with current Ebola tests.
Kelvin DoeNow a Sierra Leone teenage national icon, Kelvin Doe came from humble beginnings. As a child, he would often dream of solutions to problems in his community. At the age of 10, he started scavenging for scrap electronics parts from dump sites after school for his inventions. At the age of 13, he had already built his own radio station. Upon becoming a finalist in the GMin’s Innovate Salone idea competition, Doe gained more popularity amongst the engineering community and officially became the youngest ever “visiting practitioner” with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Faye Jong-Sow Fei
Bio-waste materials such as mangosteen skin means something more than just what they are to Faye. She experimented with these waste materials and processed them to become mordant – together with onion skin extract – for cotton fabric dyes. This project not only replaced the utilization of hazardous chemical mordants with bio-waste material, but at the same time also helped recycle bio-waste itself. She won first place in the 2014 ‘Intel International Science and Engineering Fair’ in the category of environmental management.
At the age of 16, he won the Grand prize of the’ Intel International Science and Engineering Fair’ for developing an inexpensive method of pancreatic cancer detection. Andraka’s Dipstick Sensor method costs 3 cents and takes 5 minutes, dozens of times faster, less expensive and even 100-fold more sensitive than current existing tests. This method or detecting the biomarker of pancreatic cancer, mesothelin, in blood or urine results in 90% accuracy in detecting this particular biomarker. Moreover this test can also be used to detect ovarian and lung cancers.
Sabrina Gonzalez Pasterski
Pasterski was only 14 years of age when she first came to MIT’s campus office seeking approval one morning for the single-engine plane she built. Now, at 22, she has won various awards and is now seeking to explore black holes and space-time, particularly concentrated on explaining gravity through the context of quantum mechanics. She has received job offers from Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com and aerospace company, Blue Origin. Even NASA has shown huge interest in the young physicist. Can a black hole even stop this force of nature?