Google is inviting aspiring young scientists from around the world to participate in the Google Science Fair 2012. The competition is open to anyone between the ages of 13 and 18.

Participants can enter on their own, or as part of a team of two or three; projects should be experimental in nature (rather than descriptive), and include a slide presentation and video. A complete list of the judging criteria is available at the site.

The prizes are seriously awesome. The grand prize will see the winner(s) going on a National Geographic expedition to the Galapagos Archipelago, a Google scholarship, a hands-on experience at Google, CERN, or Lego, a personalized Lego toy, and access to Scientific American digital archives. Prizes will also be awarded to 15 finalists.

The competition closes on April 1, so get started now!

 

 

One Comment

    • Karl Setliff

    • 11 years ago

    Everyone has seen the tired old science fair project, such as the volcano or the styrofoam solar system, which have been favorites of many parents for what feels like generations. These projects are relatively simple and easy from the parent’s point of view, but they are incredibly bad choices for the children involved. Why?These are the kind of projects that are so well-known that even the students know what is going to happen. And when that happens, the students are not learning anything, and their performance suffers during the presentation portion of science fairs because of it. Science fair judges have gotten bored with these types of projects, and that’s a big problem for students who endeavor to win prizes in their science fair. In the end, this kind of project is only really good for the parents, and surprisingly, these kinds of projects are not even particularly cheap!

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