The Google Science Fair is an online science competition open to all students aged 13 to 18 from around the world and all you need to get started is a Google account! The entry closes on the 30th of April 2013.
What exactly is a ‘science project’?
A science project is an in-depth investigation of a scientific question that involves forming a hypothesis, testing your hypothesis with an experiment, making your observations, drawing conclusions and presenting the findings.
Like many science fair competitions, the Google Science Fair asks students to approach their science projects using the steps of the scientific method: a useful framework that helps structure scientific inquiry by breaking down the process into manageable steps.
How To Enter
How to enter is as simple as A-B-C-D
Is there a registration fee?
No. The Google Science Fair is completely free to enter.
The Grand Prize Package
The Grand Prize includes a 10-day trip to the Galapagos Islands with National Geographic Expeditions and $50,000 in scholarship funding . It is intended to be used towards the Grand Prize winner’s further education costs. If the Grand Prize is won by a team, the value of the scholarship will be split equally between team members. The Grand Prize winner will have first choice of a hands-on experience at one of the following partner organizations: LEGO | CERN | GOOGLE. Also, the winner gets a personal LEGO colour mosaic (one for each team member, to build her/himself) and 1 set of LEGO MINDSTORMS signed by the design team of LEGO MINDSTORMS, the CEO and the owner of LEGO. The winner’s school will enjoy digital access for one full year.
Finalist Winner Prizes
A Scholarship from Google
A scholarship worth $25,000, intended to be used towards each finalist’s further education costs. To be split equally between team members should a team win. The finalists will have second and third choice by random selection of one of the remaining experiences at one of the following partner organizations: LEGO | CERN | GOOGLE. A personal LEGO colour mosaic (one for each team member, to build her/himself) and 1 personal, exclusive LEGO box – specially made for the occasion. Google will donate 1 Chromebook classroom kit to the winner’s school. Each kit includes: 30 Chromebooks,1 Chromebook Charging Cart, 1 Google Cloud Print Printer
NEW Science in Action Prize
Scientific American will be providing $50,000 USD in funding and a year’s mentoring to the winner of the special Science in Action prize. This is to assist the winner to further their research and possibly to develop the project. The winner, along with one parent or guardian will also join the 15 finalists in Mountain View, California to present their project to the judges and receive the award.
All 15 Finalists will also receive:
A LEGO Goodie Bag including:
A LEGO MINDSTORMS set
2 LEGO TECHNIC sets (the 2 largest sets in the 2012 portfolio)
A Google Goodie Bag including an Android phone
Watch the video here!