Victoria teen Ann Makosinski wins Google Science Fair award for battery-free flashlight

Makosinski won her Age 15-16 category and won $25,000 scholarship money at Monday night's GSF Gala in California.

Victoria's Ann Makosinski clutches her Age 15-16 category award at this year's Google Science Fair ending Gala.



Victoria’s Ann Makosinski emerged victorious from the 2013 Google Science Fair on Monday night, winning her age category (15-16 year old) with her ‘Hollow Flashlight’, which is battery-free and runs off body heat from the human hand.

Makosinski – who was the sole Canadian of all 15 finalists at this year’s Science Fair – receives $25,000 in scholarship money by winning her age group.

Canada’s newest scientific superstar lists her idols as Nikola Tesla, Marie Curie, and Pandit Ravi Shankar.

*See: Full coverage of this year’s Google Science Fair…

This year’s Grand Prize winner was Eric Chen, who was also the Age 17-18 winner of the 2013 Google Science Fair. Chen invented a new anti-flu medicine.

Other winners were Elif Bilgin, who invented a way to create bioplastics from banana peels and won the Voter’s Choice prize and the Scientific American prize, and Viney Kumar, the Age 13-14 winner who invented a signalling system for emergency vehicles.

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VIDEO: See the Finalists on the Google Campus (Streamed live on Sept. 22, 2013)

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VIDEO: Ann Makosinski introduces the ‘Hollow Flashlight’