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Indian girl shines in Google science fair

education Updated: Jul 02, 2013 18:04 IST

A Class 11 student from Mohali, Punjab, has made it to the final stage of the Google Science Fair, 2013. Srishti Asthana, a 15-year-old student of Millenium School, is the only ­participant from India who has made it among the top 15 ­finalists of the Google Science Fair and was chosen from thousands of ­participants from 120 ­countries

Asthana presented a project on green ­technique for the ­degradation of ­detergents. The inspiration for this project came when Srishti went on a field trip to Ludhiana and was ­disturbed by the extent of damage done to the environment by ­industry disposal waste. Thus began her sojourn to find a green solution to turn waste ­detergent water from industrial waste into an ­eco-friendly alternative.

The finalists will be taken to the Google Mountain View ­headquarters, USA on September 23 to present their projects to an ­international panel of scientists for the final round of judging. The grand prize winner will receive a 10-day trip to the Galapagos Islands with National Geographic Expeditions, $50,000 in scholarship funding and more.

The Google Science Fair is an online science ­competition sponsored by Google, Lego, CERN, National Geographic and Scientific American and started in January 2011. The competition is open to 13–18- year-old students around the globe, who formulate a hypothesis, perform an experiment, and present their results.