MANATEE An Out-Of-Door Academy student project that uses cloud computing to assist doctors in diagnosing cancer won the 2012 Google Science Fair award.
Brittany Wenger won the award in the 17-18 age category for her project, titled Global Neural Network Cloud Service for Breast Cancer. Brittany built an application that lets doctors compare patient test results to an online database, allowing them to assess tumors using a minimally invasive procedure.
The technology company, based in Mountain View, Calif., recently handed out awards to three first-place winners.
Brittany won a $50,000 scholarship from Google, a National Geographic trip to the Galapagos Islands, one year of mentoring and internship opportunity with Google, CERN or LEGO, a personalized LEGO mosaic, and a one-year subscription of digital access to Scientific American archives for The Out-of-Door Academy.
Brittanys project was among the thousands submitted to Google from around the world. Judges selected 15 projects, tackling topics ranging from vertical farming, dementia and 3-D electronics, according to the company.
An American student and three Spanish students won awards for the 13-14 and 15-16 age categories. Winners received prizes from Google and the fairs partners, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), LEGO, National Geographic and the Scientific American.
In June, Wenger, along with Mackenzie Yaryura, Sarah Stevens and Meg Rivera of Southeast High, won the Grand Champions title at the Future Problem Solving Program International competition at Indiana University. The groups project, titled Job Preparedness: Providing a Hand Up, Not a Hand Out, seeks to provide the community with free computer, interviewing and resume preparation courses.