September 25, 2015

Educator in Bosnian Turkish school wins Google’s Inspiring Teacher Award

Aydan Meydan, an educator at a private Turkish school in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s town of Tuzla, has been awarded the "Inspiring Teacher of the Year" Award at the Google Science Fair.

The award includes a USD 10,000 classroom grant from Google and a USD 5,000 gift card for educational products from LEGO Education.

A teacher at the International High School of Tuzla, Meydan received her award from the hands of two of her students, Anela Arifi (18) and Ilda Ismaili (17), who were themselves Google Science Fair finalists.

“My teacher is a brilliant woman and not just because she is a great mathematician and is good at passing the knowledge on, but because she encourages me to think and explore. She tends to develop my competence and wisdom and she, in my opinion, deserves this award,” said Ilda Ismaili, as she handed her teacher the award.

Arifi and Ismaili were also Fair finalists, presenting a science project that explored how chicken feathers can be used for gasoline storage and bio-diesel manufacturing.

Their project promises a cleaner environment, higher fuel quality and a healthier future when put into use, and was initially among 90 regional finalists at the 2015 Google Science Fair. The two students had previously won three gold medals in the Bosna Sema Project Olympiad (BOSEPO).

The Google Science Fair is the largest online competition for young scientists aged 13 to 18. The projects on display tackled such diverse issues as sustainable energy, disease detection and clean water systems, as well as a hybrid photometric and spectral algorithm for the automated detection of gravitationally lensed quasars.

Published on BGNNews, 25 September 2015, Friday