VICTORIA - A 15-year-old Victoria student is a finalist in Google's global science fair for building a battery-free flashlight powered by the heat of her hands.

Ann Makosinski will be flying to Mountain View, Calif., to present her science project, which is competing with 14 others for the top prize.

Makosinski said her project came from an interest in harvesting humans' untapped thermal energy.

The winner will be announced on Sept. 23 and receive a 10-day trip to the Galapagos Islands with National Geographic Expeditions, a $50,000 scholarship, and other prizes.

The finalists were chosen after judges evaluated thousands of projects submitted by students from more than 120 countries.

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    US President Barack Obama looks at science fair projects in the East Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, on April 22, 2013. Obama hosted the White House Science Fair and celebrated the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad

  • White House Science Fair

    US President Barack Obama visits science fair projects in the East Garden of the White House in Washington on April 22, 2013. Obama hosted the White House Science Fair and celebrated the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country.

  • White House Science Fair

    US President Barack Obama visits science fair projects in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington on April 22, 2013. Obama hosted the White House Science Fair and celebrated the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country.

  • White House Science Fair

    US President Barack Obama shakes a robotic hand as he looks at science fair projects in the State Dinning Room of the White House in Washington on April 22, 2013. Obama hosted the White House Science Fair and celebrated the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country.

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    President Barack Obama pedals bicycle-powered emergency water-sanitation station for Payton Karr, 16, left, and Kiona Elliott, 18, center, both from Oakland Park, Fla., to help demonstrate their invention, Monday, April 22, 2103, in the East Garden of the White House in Washington, where the president hosted the White House Science Fair to celebrate the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country. The bicycle filters E. Coli and other harmful pathogens from contaminated water. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

  • White House Science Fair

    US President Barack Obama visits science fair projects in East Garden of the White House in Washington on April 22, 2013. Obama hosted the White House Science Fair and celebrated the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country.

  • White House Science Fair

    Jack Andraka, 15, from Glen Burnie, Md., stands up after being acknowledge by President Barack Obama during the White House Science Fair, Monday, April 22, 2013, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Andraka is the 2012 Intel Science Fair grand prize winner for creating early detection pancreatic cancer test that is faster, cheaper and more sensitive than the test before it. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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    President Barack Obama greets students in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 22, 2013, as he hosted the White House Science Fair to celebrate the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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    President Barack Obama talks with Jon Kubricki, 16, center, and Bridget Zarych, 16, left, both from Little Egg Harbor, NJ., as they explain their mini-press that can turn biomass waste products into viable wood-alternative for cooking, Monday, April 22, 2013, during the White House Science Fair in the East Garden of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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    President Barack Obama listens to Spencer Ottarson, 19, center, and Julie Xu, 17, right, both from Williamston, Mich., as they explain their 'Offshore Rip Current Alert System (ORCA), Monday, April 22, 2013, during the White House Science Fair on the East Garden of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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    President Barack Obama talks with Darius Hooker, 19, center, and Wesley Carter, 18, both from Memphis Tenn., who took part in Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC), as Obama hosts the White House Science Fair in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 22, 2013, to celebrate the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

  • White House Science Fair

    President Barack Obama shakes hands with young scientists at the White House Science Fair to celebrate the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country, Monday, April 22, 2013, during an event in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

  • White House Science Fair

    US President Barack Obama looks at a science fair project in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington on April 22, 2013. Obama hosted the White House Science Fair and celebrated the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad

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    President Barack Obama reacts as he watches Rush Lyons, 14, left, and Thomas Shields, 13, center, both from Theodore, Alabama, demonstrate their robot 'Vator', which was designed to mimic a space elevator, Monday, April 22, 2013, at the White House Science Fair in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

  • White House Science Fair

    US President Barack Obama visits science fair projects in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington on April 22, 2013. Obama hosted the White House Science Fair and celebrated the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country.

  • White House Science Fair

    US President Barack Obama visits science fair projects in East Garden of the White House in Washington on April 22, 2013. Obama hosted the White House Science Fair and celebrated the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad

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    US President Barack Obama speaks during the White House science fair on April 23, 2013 in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. The event honours student winners of science, technology, engineering and math competitions from across the country. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN

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