Cape pupil represents Africa in Google Science Fair

2011-05-13 14:23

A grade nine pupil from Cape Town is one of the youngest pupils selected to participate in the inaugural Google Science Fair to be held in California, Google has announced.

Luke Taylor, a 14-year-old pupil at the German International School of Cape Town, made the list of 60 semi-finalists after competing with 7 500 entrants from more than 90 countries.

“I’m proud to put Africa on the map by making the semi-finals.

It is my dream to win a scholarship that one day will allow me to study at a top university and connect with the most brilliant minds that will take robotics into the future,” he was quoted saying in a statement issued by the internet search company today.

Taylor is specialising in making robots understand commands written in human language.

All current programming software for robots and computers is based on mathematically based commands.

The Google Science Fair, which aims to be the largest global science fair in the world, was launched on January 11.

The final round of the fair is on July 11. After that the global population will vote for a team or individual to be awarded a $10 000 (about R69 500) scholarship.

Google Sub Saharan Africa spokesperson Julie Taylor said: “We are delighted to have a South African student in the semi-finals and we wish him the very best of luck.”

Taylor is one of only two young scientists representing Europe, Middle East and Africa. 

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