Swazi learners among Google Science Fair finalists
SWAZILANDBy BiztechAfrica - June 8, 2012, 9:55 a.m.
Two learners from Lusoti High School in Swaziland have been named among the finalists in Goggle’s annual global Science Fair. The two, Sakhiwe Shongwe and Bonkhe Mahlalela, both aged 14, were the only finalists from Africa.
Their project looked at unique hydroponic farming methods to improve food production among subsistence farmers in rural Swaziland.
These finalists will go to Google headquarters in Mountain View, California, next month, to present their projects to a panel of international judges, and to compete for prizes that include USD100,000 in scholarship funds.
The pair were also awarded a special USD50,000 Science in Action award from Scientific American. The prize recognizes a project that addresses a social, environmental, ethical, health or welfare issue to make a practical difference to the lives of a group or community.
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