A 13-year old, Lalita Prasida Sripada Srisai, a 9th standard student at Delhi Public School in Damanjodi, Odisha, has won the Community Impact Award at the Prestigious Google Science Fair Competition in California.
Lalita Prasida received a prize money of $10,000 for a project on low-cost bio-absorbent water purifier. Lalita Prasida is one and the only participant from India to have won an award at the science fair this year. She bagged the award in 13-15 age group.
The 13-year old winner said, “I am really excited to have won the Google Community Impact Award both for my school and for my country as this will boost my insights and give me an opportunity to work further for solving local problems.”
A grand prize of $50,000 has been given away to her by the Google Science Fair as a scholarship. This scholarship will also give her a year-long mentorship from the Scientific American to further help her in developing her project.
The competition received application entries in 15 languages. There were 90 regional and 20 global finalists short listed.
A spokesperson of Google said, “Young people such as Lalita can and have made significant contributions to solving some of today’s greatest challenges. Through the Google Science Fair, we want to support and foster the next generation of scientists and engineers.”
The Google Science Fair is an online competition which started in 2011 and is primarily meant for the children between the age group of 13 to 18. It has been sponsored by the companies like Google, CERN, Lego, National Geographic and the Scientific American.