Do you know any teenagers (13-18) working on an awesome science project of their own design? If so, you may want to encourage them to enter it in the Google Science Fair, an international online science competition sponsored by Google in partnership with CERN, LEGO, National Geographic, and Scientific America.
The Google Science Fair follows the same basic rules and procedures as a physical science fair, but students must go the extra step of presenting their work through videos and other digital means (another good skill to be developing). Students from public, private, or home schools around the world can compete in the three age categories of 13-14, 15-16, and 17-18. There will be 15 global finalists who will be flown to a physical competition event at Google headquarters in July. The finalist winners in each age category are awarded a $25,000 scholarship and the opportunity to engage in a high level science research experience, while the Grand Prize winner will get a $50,000 and a National Geographic scientific expedition to the Galapagos. There is also a $50,000 prize for the Science in Action winner, the project that best addresses a social, environmental, or health issue in a way that makes a difference in the lives of a group or community.
For more information or to sign up, visit the Google Science Fair website. However, projects are due by April 1, 2012, so your student scientists will have to submit their work soon.
For an inspirational video Google produced encouraging student science, click below:
And to hear more about the rules of the competition, watch the following video: