Eighth grade San Diego Jewish Academy (SDJA) student Jonah Kohn won his age group at the Google Science Fair, held July 23 in Pal Alto, Calif. Jonah became one of three overall winners in the competition as decided by an elite group of judges that included Nobel laureate Ada Yonath and Stephen Myers, the scientist heading the CERN accelerator complex.
The Google Science Fair received thousands of entries from over 100 countries worldwide. Kohn’s project, “Good Vibrations: Improving the Music Experience for People with Hearing Loss Using Multi-Frequency Tactile Sound,” won first prize in the 13-14-year-old age group and has the potential to improve the enjoyment of music for millions of people with hearing loss. Kohn achieved this with a device that converts music into vibrations delivered to users using modules attached to their bodies.
The competition was challenging, but Kohn found it enjoyable and interesting. “Google made the competition fun and I made new friends. The hardest part was giving a presentation to the judges, who asked some challenging questions, but I calmed myself and concentrated on my answers,” said Kohn about his experience.
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