Apr 12, 2013

Google Science Fair 2013

The Google Science Fair has been so enormously successful that they’re once again looking for “ideas that will change the world” by asking middle and high school students to submit interesting, creative projects for a chance to win an amazing trip to the Galapagos Islands and up to $50,000 in scholarship money.

Originally labeled an “experiment” by its sponsors, the Google Science Fair is not to be confused with local ISEF or JSHS sponsored science fairs which took place earlier this year in Fairfax and Montgomery Counties.

And departing from more traditional formats, the Google Science Fair competition is web-based. In a truly unique international forum, students all over the world between the ages of 13 and 18 are invited to compete using a Google site to showcase a science fair project. 

To enter individually or as a team, students must
  1. Create a Google account.
  2. Follow all registration instructions especially those dealing with parental consent--it's required!
  3. Plan a science fair project, carefully read the guidelines, conduct an experiment, and document results
  4. Complete all sections of the of the project submission site.
  5. Create either a two-minute video or a 20-slide presentation giving an overview of the project and embed it on the summary page of the project submission—leave out the music and logos!
  6. When the project site is complete, submit it no later than April 30, 2013
All projects will be initially judged by a panel of teachers and university professors. Regional finalists will be announced some time during the week beginning June 10, 2013.  This group will be narrowed down by Google’s panel of judges to 15 finalists who will be announced about two weeks later, along with the Google Science in Action Award Winner.  And to involve the public, voting for an Inspired Idea Award will run from August 1 to August 30, 2013.

The 15 finalists and the Science in Action winner will be flown to Google Headquarters in California for a celebratory science fair event and a final round of judging, which will take place on September 23, 2013. Finalists will be expected to present their projects before a panel of acclaimed scientists and “tech visionaries.” A winner will be selected from each of the age categories: 13-14, 15-16, and 17-18. And one lucky finalist will be named the Grand Prize Winner.

At this stage of the game, the Google Science Fair is best suited for students who already have a project “on the shelf.” And even if you were unsuccessful locally or at other large national competitions, this is your opportunity to give your work a second chance in a different forum.

By the way, if you’re a budding scientist looking for inspiration, check out the Google Science Fair blog or  winning projects from previous years.

Developed in partnership with CERN, Lego, National Geographic, and Scientific American, the Google Science Fair is an impressive undertaking and a great deal of thought has gone into making it attractive to a large number of students.

To learn more about what it takes to submit a project, visit the Google Science Fair website.

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