May 25, 2012

Regional Finalists announced for the 2012 Google Science Fair

The 90 regional finalists were nominated from thousands of projects.
Just as the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) welcomed over 1500 young scientists in Pittsburgh, Google announced an impressive slate of 90 regional finalists in its second annual online international science fair. 

Open to students 13 to 18, the Google Science Fair received thousands of entries from more than 100 countries around the world, including a number from students in DC area high schools who beyond conducting experiments devoted hours devising online presentations and completing technical requirements for the fair.

To get the competition started, an international team of teachers was given the task of evaluating the projects on creativity, scientific merit, and “global relevance.” This was no easy assignment as entries covered a mind-boggling assortment of topics.

And the projects are amazing. Topics ranged from improving recycling using LEGO robots to treating cancer with a substance created by bees. 

Locally, Rishabh Mazmuder from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) is returning for the second year as a regional finalist.  This year’s research involves the role of “metallofullerene nanoparticles” in cancer therapy.

But the competition is far from over. The Google judging panel will narrow the list of regional finalists to 15 global finalists.  Their names will be announced on June 6th, together with the winner of the Scientific American Science in Action Award, for which there are 15 finalists.

The finalists in each age category will be invited to Google headquarters for the final round of judging, which will take place on July 23, 2012.  Grand prizes include a 10-day trip to the Galapagos Islands and a $50,000 scholarship.

And then there’s always next year. Google has already posted a sign-up sheet for the 2013 Science Fair.

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