Science, Play, and Research Kit CompetitionSPARK Winners Announced
On Tuesday, April 8, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Society for Science & the Public announced the winners of the Science, Play, and Research Kit (SPARK) competition.
Manu Prakash, an assistant professor of bioengineering at Stanford University, and his graduate student, George Korir, won the first place award of $50,000. Prakash and Korir developed a prototype of an inexpensive “lab on a chip” using a technology known as “microfluidics.” Microfluidics uses programmable microchips containing miniature pipes, valves, and pumps to carry out a wide variety of chemistry or biology experiments.
In total, 16 projects in two categories (prototypes - projects that are operational and demonstrable – and ideations - fleshed out project ideas that have not yet been developed into prototypes, but have a strong potential for development) received recognition and a total of $136,000 in prize money was awarded. Read More