3 Taiwanese into finals of Google Science Fair
Three Taiwanese high school students have been listed among the top 20 competitors in the annual Google Science Fair this year, which gives them a chance to compete in the finals on Sept. 21 at Google’s headquarters in San Francisco in the United States.
It has been best performance by Taiwanese students since 2011 when Google launched the world’s largest online science competition for 13 to 18-year-old students.
Junior high school students Monique Hsu, 14, and Gina Wang, 13, were named among the top 20 for devising a method to tell whether certain types of liquids have been diluted.
The project, titled “Identifying Liquids by Analyzing the Knocking Sound,” explains how tapping on the containers of liquids produces a sound that is unique to each type of liquid and can therefore determine whether alcohol, cooking oil and fuel in sealed bottles have been diluted with other substances.
The other Taiwanese student is 16-year old Chen Wei-tung, who developed a single-source 3D positioning system using rotating magnetic fields.
The system “has great potential to facilitate a wide range of applications, such as mobile systems, wearable computing, and locationbased applications, where an instant and accurate indoor 3D positioning system is demanded,” Chen said in the presentation report.
Chen is participating in the global science fair for the second time after making it into the top 90 last year.
Google Taiwan General Manager Stanley Chen said innovation and the spirit of experiment are in the genes of Google, which has been committed to promoting technology for wider use in the field of education.
He said he hopes the excellent performance of the three young Taiwanese scientists can inspire more youths in Taiwan to participate in research and development in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, presenting work that can change the world.
Each year, the science fair attracts over 1,000 youths in two age categories — 13-15 and 16-18.
Gina Wang, first left, Monique Hsu, second left, and Chen Wei-tung, right, pose for a photo in Taiwan, yesterday. The three are among the 20 Taiwanese youths who will compete in Google’s science competition finals next month.