Calling all students with a scientific frame of mind! Wannabe scientists aged 13 to 18 now have the opportunity of a lifetime to showcase their skills. Now, let’s tell you all about it.
The Google Science Fair is a bit different from the science fairs of yesteryear. It’s open to students around the world, whose entries can be submitted online as videos or slide shows. And, the prizes are a bit more interesting too. Entries have been invited till April 4th and the winners will be announced in July.
Scientific American, along with LEGO, National Geographic and CERN, the European lab for particle physics, is a partner in the science fair, which kicked off with a launch event at Google’s offices on January 11.
The contest is open to whiz kids aged between 13 and 18; the winners will receive a $50,000 scholarship, a 10-day trip to the Galápagos Islands and a study tour at Lego or a three-day site visit to CERN, Google or Scientific American.
The program’s key organizers and speakers have said that young kids are really good at bringing new perspectives, ideas and asking dubious questions. The kids definitely have a lot of enthusiasm and energy.
A Google account is necessary to enter the competition. Participating students may work as individuals or in teams of two or three.
Part of the project includes a video or presentation that will provide the judges of the contest with a summary of the project.
The contest will be judged by a panel of teachers. Eventually, sixty global semi-finalists will be announced. Their projects will be posted online during May 2011. These will be put up for voting for the public for choosing a people’s favorite.
Thereafter, 15 finalists will be shortlisted, they will be flown to Google headquarters in California to be interviewed by a panel of scientists.
There will be three finalist winners, each in different age groups of 13-14, 15-16, 17-18. The grand prize winner will be chosen from the elite three age group winners.
The winners of the competition will also receive a whole lot of goodies like LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0 set, Hi-Technic sensors, Codatex RFID sensor with tags, Google Chrome Notebook, Android phones and a free subscription to Scientific American for a year.