In our guest post, Clare Conway launches the Google Science Fair 2014!
‘What if your interests and passions could be the start of a world changing idea? Today we are kicking off the fourth annual Google Science Fair in partnership with Virgin Galactic, Scientific American, LEGO Education and National Geographic.
Over the past three years, we’ve seen thousands of teens take something they love doing — such as cooking or playing guitar — and something they’re good at — like biology or building things — to tackle challenges they really cared about including improving pollution, helping their friends study after dark, or preventing influenza. This year we’re once again calling all students ages 13 to 18 from around the world to submit their brilliant ideas online at googlesciencefair.com, before the deadline on May 12th.
We’re continually inspired by the students who enter the competition and this year we’ll be celebrating even more talented young scientists with these new awards:
- The Computer Science Award will be given to a project that champions innovation and excellence in the field of Computer Science. The winner will be announced at the final event held in September.
- Local Award Winners from select locations will be honoured, where they have attempted to address a locally relevant issue.
Students will have the chance to win incredible, once in a lifetime prizes which include: joining the Virgin Galactic team at Spaceport in the Mojave Desert as they prepare for spaceflight and will be among the first to welcome the astronauts back to Earth, a 10day trip to the Galapagos islands aboard the National Geographic Endeavour and to go behind the scenes at the LEGO factory in Billund, Denmark. In addition to the student prizes, we’ll be awarding the Celebrate the School prize to the grand prize winner’s school with a $10,000 grant and LEGO Education products for the classroom.
The Scientific American Science In Action award will once again honor a project that addresses a health, resources or environmental challenge. The winner will receive a year’s mentoring and a $50,000 grant towards their project and education.
We’ll be eagerly awaiting project submissions for the next three months. Then, in June, we’ll announce the 90 Regional Finalists, the Local Award Winners and Scientific American Science in Action Nominees. In August, we will announce the 15 Global Finalists that will join us at Google Headquarters in Mountain View, CA for our final judging round on Monday, September 22. In September, we will also be inviting the public to vote for the finalist project with the greatest potential to change the world and the winner will be awarded the Voter’s Choice Award at the final event.
Stay updated throughout the competition on our Google+ page, get inspired by participating in virtual field trips and ask esteemed scientists questions in our Hangout on Air series.
Need a starting point? To help kickstart your project, try out the Idea Springboard to help you on your way. What do you love? What are you good at? It’s your turn to change the world.’