Google announces Science fair community 2016’s finalists

Celebrating 25 innovative Community Impact student projects across the globe, Google Science Fair invited today’s brightest young minds to answer the important question: how can they make the world better through science, math, and engineering?

In response, Google received thousands of extremely impressive answers to this question from over 107 countries to announce the winners later in September.

Competitors are to set up research projects that aim to solve tough community challenges like providing clean drinking water, keeping people safe from natural disasters, and fighting droughts. This year, five regional Community Impact Awards are presented: one for each top project that focuses on fixing a difficult resource problem across North America, Latin America, the Middle East & Africa, Asia & the Pacific Islands, and Europe.

From Egypt, Sara (18), Nourhan (17), and Asmaa (17) are working on a project that will help citizens who suffer from disabilities yet receive little governmental support or resources to help improve their quality of life. In particular, people who are deaf and hard of hearing struggle to connect with the hearing community, who do not always have the patience to learn sign language. This trio worked together to create a glove that translates hand signals into letters and speech, helping the wearer to communicate more easily. The young women hope that their invention will be another powerful tool for people who are deaf and hard of hearing to navigate more easily through life.