January 31, 2013
Google Science Fair 2013 Registrations Now Open For Students Around The World
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Sam Peter, a member of the Google Science Fair team, wrote in a blog that “thousands of students from more than 90 countries have submitted research projects” over the past few years. These projects have addressed “some of the most challenging problems we face today.”
At last year´s Science Fair, winners were crowned for projects dealing with early diagnosis of breast cancer, improving the music-listening experience for those with hearing problems, and documenting water ecosystems.
"This year we hope to once again inspire scientific exploration among young people and receive even more entries for our third competition," Peter said.
Submissions for this year´s event must be submitted to the Google Science Fair team no later than April 30 at 11:59 p.m. PST. Google will narrow down all entries to 90 regional finalists by June–30 finalists for the Americas, 30 for Asia Pacific, and 30 for Europe/Middle East/Africa. Google will then choose the top 15 finalists and fly them to Mountain View, California (Google HQ) for the September 23 live, final event.
Judges will pick the top winners in each age category (13-14, 15-16, 17-18), and also one Grand Prize winner will be chosen.
One of those judges will be T.H. Culhane, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer. Culhane has been on the panel of judges for both previous Google Science Fair events and said he is looking forward to returning as a judge in 2013.
“To have the opportunity to come back each year and continue the dialectic, not just observing, but engaging, as a humbled adult, in the science fair dialog these young people carry, is one of the greatest honors in my academic and professional career,” he said in a blog post. “We adults who get to participate in this now yearly event, are welcomed through the unguarded openness of the student participants – and that is the privilege of being involved with the Google Science Fair.”
“I feel like a kid again when National Geographic sends me to Google. I´m infused with a contact high of optimism and camaraderie. The judging I do, wearing my grown-up-explorer´s hat as a college professor who teaches environmental science, NGO director and National Geographic Explorer, does not pass judgment on their talents. It merely helps shepherd the ideas into safe pastures,” added Culhane.
Peter said this year Google is excepting submissions from registrars in 13 different languages to make it easier for students to sign up.
For those who get chosen as finalists and make it to Google HQ for the live event, a host of prizes await, including a $50,000 scholarship from the Internet search giant, a trip to the Galapagos Islands with National Geographic Expeditions, a CERN Hangout experience, digital access to the Scientific American archives for the winner´s school for an entire year, and experiences with Google and The LEGO Group.
Scientific American is also awarding a $50,000 Science in Action prize to one project that addresses a social, environmental or health issue in a practical way. Also, Google will award a $10,000 cash grant to the Grand Prize winner´s school. And Google is getting the public involved with a new “Inspired Idea Award,” where people can vote on which project has the greatest potential to change the world.
Leading up to the September event, Google+ will be hosting tri-weekly Hangouts on Air. These events will take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and will feature discussions and interviews with renowned scientists from across the scientific community, such as inventor Dean Kamen and explorer Fabien Cousteau. The Hangouts will also give exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of labs and science facilities.
Google is hoping these Hangouts “will help inspire, mentor and support students throughout the competition and beyond.”
The Google Science Fair has grown to become “the largest online science fair in the world,” according to Mountain View company.
For more information on this year´s Google Science Fair, visit the website.