Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Google Science Fair Is Global Competition for Genius Student

The Google Science Fair, which is in partnership with CERN, The LEGO Group, National Geographic and Scientific American, is open to students around the world who are between the ages of 13-18. Either individually or in teams of three, contestants can build and submit a project (via photos and videos), hypothesis, as well as written observations online using Google Sites.

Students from all over the world are encouraged to enter by registering here, and by creating a Google Site that explains their projects' hypotheses and procedures. Submissions will be accepted until April 4th, and Google will announce the semifinalists in May. The public will be encouraged to vote on the semifinalists, which will be competing for prizes such as a trip to the Galapagos Islands or CERN. Students can currently view an example project, after which to model their site.

Prizes include a trip to the Galapagos Islands with a National Geographic Explorer, scholarships and real-life work opportunities (i.e., a 5-day trip to CERN in Switzerland). Google will post semi-finalist selections online (the public will be encouraged to vote for their favorite project), and 15 finalists will be invited to Google headquarters in mid-July to present their projects to a panel of judges, which will include Dean Kamen, Vint Cerf, Spencer Wells, Kary Mullis, Marion Nestle, and Peter Norvig.

detail : Official Google Blog

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