High School Student Wins First Place in Global Competition!

Fox Chapel Area High School sophomore Mihir Garimella has been named a Category Winner in the international Google Science Fair 2014! Mihir is the winner in the 13-14 age category for his project, "FlyBot: Mimicking Fruit Fly Response Patterns for Threat Evasion." Mihir has won a $25,000 scholarship for being named a category award winner and he also won $25,000 for being named the first Computer Science award winner. The Computer Science award celebrates a project which has the potential to change the world through outstanding and innovative work in the field of computer science. Mihir will use his $25,000 Computer Science Award to help develop his project and he will also receive one year's worth of mentoring from Google.

For his project, Mihir built a flying robot, similar to the ones used in search and rescue missions. His idea was inspired by the way fruit flies detect and respond to threats.

The Google Science Fair is a global online science and technology competition open to individuals and teams from ages 13 to 18. Prior to being named an international winner, Mihir was one of 15 students from around the world to be named a Global Finalist and one of only five finalists in the 13-14 age group. As a Global Finalist, Mihir presented his project to a panel of esteemed judges at Google Headquarters. The award winners were announced September 22 during an awards ceremony at Google Headquarters in Mountain View, California.

The Google Science Fair was started to inspire scientific exploration among young people and to celebrate the next generation of scientists and engineers.