Google’s Global Online Science Fair

Google is hosting the first global online science fair inviting children ages 12 through 18 from all over the world to enter their projects. Students will have the chance to win prizes, trips and scholarships. All they need is a Google account AND an interesting project that is relevant to the world today. Participants must submit their project by April 4, 2011.

All science fair projects will be judged by a panel of teachers who will select 60 semifinalists who’s projects will be posted online to compete for the “People’s Choice Award” voted on by the public. The 15 global finalists will be chosen from this round of competition, and they will be headed to Google HQ in California for a Science Fair event. At the Science Fair event in California, participants will present their projects for a panel of acclaimed scientists. One finalist will be chosen from each age group, 13-14, 15-16, 17-18 and one of the three winners will be chosen as the Grand Prize Winner.

Google will present the Grand Prize winner and their parent or guardian with a 10 day trip with National Geographic Expeditions to the Galapagos Islands, a $50,000 scholarship (split equally between team members if applicable), and an opportunity to participate in a once in a lifetime experience at CERN, Google, LEGO or Scientific American.

Google’s Science Fair project submission site makes it easy for entrants to setup their project website easily. The site has 10 sections to customize; Summary, About Me, The Question, Hypothesis, Research, Experiment, Data, Observations, Conclusions, and Works Cited. Google also provides many tutorials, samples and other resources to help participants make the most out of their entry.

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