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How agile can a drone be in flight? How can we tell more accurately if surgery is the best treatment for a type of breast tumor? 

CTYers Mihir Garimella of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Daniela  Lee of San Jose, Ca., set out to find answers, and their efforts placed them as global finalists in the 2014 Google Science Fair, which rewards world-changing innovations . 

Mihir Garimella’s project, Flybot: Mimicking Fruit Fly Response Patterns for Threat Evasion, equips a four-propeller craft called a quadroter with nimble moves that help it evade unexpected obstacles it might encounter in search-and-rescue missions. 

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In Daniela Lee’s entry, A Non-Invasive Search for Optimal Triple Negative Breast Cancer Treatment, she and her project partner developed a mathematical model that analyzes pixels in MRI tumor imaging to reduce the chance of false positives. 

CTY innovators Garimella and Lee are alumni of CTYOnline and Summer Programs, respectively. The Google Science Fair encourages 13 – 18 year olds from around the world to submit their own scientific research. Both are finalists in the contest’s computer science category, and will learn in September if their entries take a top prize.