Student Named Finalist in Global Competition

Fox Chapel Area High School sophomore Mihir Garimella has been named a Global Finalist in the Google Science Fair 2014.  Mihir is one of only 15 finalists from around the world and he is one of five finalists in the 13-14 age group.  He is also one of only three computer science award nominees.

The Google Science Fair is a global online science and technology competition open to individuals and teams from ages 13 to 18.  Mihir’s project is entitled, “FlyBot: Mimicking Fruit Fly Response Patterns for Threat Evasion.”  As a Global Finalist, Mihir will be presenting his project to a panel of esteemed judges at Google Headquarters in September.  Mihir is eligible for prizes which include a National Geographic Expedition, funding for his project, mentoring, and scholarships, as well as grants for the school.

Additionally, the public will be able to vote for the finalist’s project that they think has the greatest potential to change the world.  The finalist with the most votes will win a $10,000 grant from Google to help develop his/her project.  Voting begins September 1 via the googlesciencefair.com website.  The Voter’s Choice Award winner will be announced live from an awards ceremony on September 22, 2014, at Google Headquarters in Mountain View, California.