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SD Teen Among Top Google Science Fair Finalists

Evening Edition

Jonah Kohn, a student finalist in the Google Science Fair competition, and Jane Willoughby, a co-founder and creator of the science and technology research program at the San Diego Jewish Academy.

Aired 6/19/12 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Jonah Kohn, student, finalist in Google Science Fair competition

Dr. Jane Willoughby, Ph.D., co-founder, creator of the Science and Technology Research Program, San Diego Jewish Academy


It all started when Jonah Kohn, an eight grader at the San Diego Jewish Academy, was sitting in his music class. He had a problem: the class was so loud that he couldn't hear his guitar.

So he created something to help himself, and then expanded it to those with hearing loss.

Kohn's creation, which he calls "Good Vibrations," changes sound into frequency ranges that are felt as vibrations on different body parts.

"I thought it was a very inspiring idea, and if it worked, it could help a massive amount of people," Kohn told KPBS.

So Kohn submitted "Good Vibrations" to the Google Science Fair, which accepts science project applications from thousands of students across the world who are between 13 and 18 years old.

Kohn was one of the 15 finalists. The winner will be crowned July 23.

"This was an astounding project," said Jane Willoughby, a co-founder and creator of the science and technology research program at Kohn's school. "The creation of the idea was extremely intriguing, but also a potential solution to a problem, improving the quality of people's lives. That's what really impressed me."

Evening Edition

Good Vibrations - Google Science Fair Application, by Jonah Kohn

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