Irish Students Scoop the Grand Prize at Google Science Fair 2014

3 high school students from Cork have won the Google Science Fair 2014 Grand Prize for their project which could have the potential to combat the global food crisis.

google science fair 2014Ciara Judge, 16, Émer Hickey, 16 and Sophie Healy-Thow, 16 from Kinsale Community School were named overall winners of the Grand Prize as well as the 15-16 age category at the Google Science Fair in California.

The 3 students also won the BT Young Scientist & Technology Award in 2013.

Their project looked at how cereal crop performance improvement could significantly assist combatting the growing global food poverty challenge and reduce the environmental footprint of agriculture by reducing fertilizer use.

Here’s their video explaining how they did their project and what it was about:

The overall grand prize includes a 10-day National Geographic Expedition to the Galapagos Islands, a visit to the Virgin Galactic Spaceport in New Mexico, and US$50,000 in scholarship funding.

Well done to Ciara, Émer and Sophie!

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