January 13, 2012
Google To Sponsor Science Fair With Submissions Accepted In 13 Languages
Google is accepting submissions for its 2012 international science fair. Last year, which was the first year of the science fair, they had over 7,500 entries from over 90 countries. Contestants were limited to offering projects written in English only.
This year, they have opened up their submissions to be written in one of 13 languages, making the competition more global. Eligible contestants need to be between 13 and 18 years of age and can include teams of up to three participants.
Sponsors for the event include The LEGO Group, National Geographic, and Scientific American. Top prizes are a trip to the Galapagos Islands with a National Geographic Explorer, scholarships and work opportunities including a 5-day trip to CERN in Switzerland.
Google is also issuing a new award called The Science in Action award, sponsored by Scientific American. The Science in Action award goes to projects that address a social, environmental or health issue and makes a practical difference in people´s lives.
Judges for this year´s competition are Vint Cerf (Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google), Steven Cowley (Director of the Culham Fusion Science Centre), Mariette di Christina (Editor-in-chief, Scientific American), Silvia Earle (Oceanographer, explorer, author and lecturer), David Gross (Particle Physicist and String Theorist), Maggie Johnson (Director of Education and University Relations, Google), Albert Lin (National Geographic Emerging Explorer and National Geographic 2010 Adventurer of the Year), Steve Myers (Director for Accelerators and Technology, CERN), Paal Smith-Meyer (Head of the New Business Group, LEGO), Ada Yonath (Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS) Kimmel Professor) and Shree Bose (Google Science Fair 2011 Grand Prize Winner).
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