Google Global Science Fair 2011

What does Google, CERN, Scientific American, Lego and National Geographic have in common?

Science, apparently.

This year marks the first year that Google will be holding it’s annual Google Global Science Fair.

What is the Google Global Science Fair?

Googlers – that is how the people working at Google are known – have had an idea for a unique project for a while now. An opportunity for students from around the world to showcase their talents as budding scientists to a global audience.

Google decided to run with the idea and the Global Science Fair was born.

Students can use all of the online and free technologies available to them via Google to document their work, and then to submit either a two-minute video or a 20-slide presentation to Google for judging.

The challenge for many students from poorer regions will be the requirement for Internet Access to participate.

On the other hand it might just be an opportunity for a cellphone wielding whizz to document and present his or her whole project via a mobile device! Mobile devices are after all the largest avenue for Internet Access in Africa at the moment.

Submissions close on the 4th of April, and winners will be announced at a ceremony in July. Prizes include $100,000.00 in scholarships and a trip to the Galapagos Islands.

Google wants to foster the kind of innovation and experimentation that kicked off their journey in 1996.

Details on How To Enter

  • If you don’t already have one, create a Google Account. You will need a Google Account to complete the sign up form.
  • Complete the Google Science Fair sign up form. After you submit the form, you will see an important link on the confirmation page. This link will create the Google project submission site where you will post your science fair project details.
  • Plan your science project, conduct your experiment, and write up your results.
  • Complete all of the sections of your Google project submission site (see sample project submission site).
  • Create either a two-minute video or 20-slide presentation giving an overview of your project and embed it on the Summary page of your project submission. A video or presentation is required to enter.
  • When your project site is done, make sure to submit it via this form by 4 April 2011.
  • Detailed instructions and tips for building your project submission can be found in the Resources section of the website.

The Google Global Science Fair – an exciting opportunity for young people to become world changers!

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