16-Year-Old Kiara Nirghin Earns $50K Google Award for Drought Solution

Kiara Nirghin, a 16-year-old high school student from Johannesburg was awarded a $50,000 scholarship at the  Google Science Fair awards ceremony in California. As reported by iOL, she created a simple solution for the South Africa’s drought problem.

Her submission, called “Fighting Drought With Fruit,” is made out of orange and avocado peels and its purpose is to absorb water for plants, so that even with small amounts of rain, they could survive.

The process was lengthy — spanning over 45 days and required three experiments to perfect the design and measurements.


Unlike products that are popular in the market, she didn’t need any expensive materials to make it work. Her achieve shows what it truly means to follow your passions.

“I absolutely love the captivating subjects of chemistry and physics in school,” she wrote online.

“I have always had a great love for chemistry since I was young. I vividly remember at the age of seven experimenting with vinegar and baking soda solutions in plastic cups. My natural curiosity and questioning nature has sparked my everlasting love of science,” Nirghin added.

In the future, she plans to develop solutions to “the problems that South Africa faces in food security and sustainable agricultural development.”

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