2016 Google Science Fair Prize Won by Kiara Nirghin (Download PDF)


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Kiara Nirghin an Indian-origin South African won a $50,000 scholarship at the annual Google Science Fair held in United States. She developed ‘No More Thirsty Crops’ a cheap super-absorbent material using orange peel that helps soil retain water.

Google Science Fair

Google Science Fair is an annual programme of the search engine giant Google promoting scientists between the ages of 13 to 18. It encourages solving the world’s biggest challenges using science and technology.

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Kiara Nirghin

  • 16 year old, 11th class student at private school St Martin’s.
  • Project intends to alleviate severe drought plaguing South Africa.
  • Found simple solution for drought problem by using waste peels from orange and avocado fruits
  • Developed super-absorbent polymers (SAPs) which can absorb about 300 times its weight in liquid.
  • These SAPs are biodegradable, inexpensive, and devoid of any harmful chemicals. The large amounts of water absorbed by these SAPs keep the soil moist and improve crop growth without regular water supplements.

About Google

  • Google is an American multinational technology company specializing in Internet-related services and products- online technologies, search, cloud computing, and software.
  • Incomes mostly derived from AdWords- online promotion service
  • Larry Page and Sergey Brin founded the company while they were Ph. D. students at Stanford University
  • Its mission statement is “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful,” and its informal refrain was “Don’t be evil”.
  • Google progressed to its new headquarters in Mountain View, California, nicknamed Googolplex in 2004.
  • In October 2, 2015, Google changed to a holding company called Alphabet Inc., with this Google became Alphabet’s leading subsidiary.

- Published/Last Modified on: October 5, 2016


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