3 Tai­wanese into fi­nals of Google Science Fair

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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