Google launches third Science Fair

Online competition open to students from 13 to 18 in 13 languages, including Arabic

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Google launches third Science Fair Past entrants covered issues such as early diagnosis of breast cancer and cataloguing the ecosystem in water.
By  ITP.net Staff Writer Published  February 4, 2013

Today, Google launched the third annual Google Science Fair in partnership with CERN, the LEGO Group, National Geographic and Scientific American to find the next generation of scientists and engineers.

Students aged 13 to 18 from across the globe are invited to participate in the online competition and submit their ideas to change the world.

For the past two years, thousands of students from more than 90 countries have submitted research projects that address globally challenging problems. Previous winners tackled issues such as the early diagnosis of breast cancer, improving the experience of listening to music for people with hearing loss and cataloguing the ecosystem found in water. With the Google Science Fair, Google hopes to inspire scientific exploration among young people and see even more entries for its third annual competition.

Students can enter the Science Fair in 13 languages (including Arabic) and the deadline for submissions is April 30, 2013 at 11:59 pm PDT. In June, Google will recognise 90 regional finalists: 30 from the Americas, 30 from Asia Pacific and 30 from Europe/Middle East/Africa. Judges will then select 15 finalists, who will be flown to Google headquarters in Mountain View, California for a live, final event on September 23, 2013. At the finals, a panel of international judges consisting of renowned scientists and innovators will select winners in each age category (13 to 14, 15 to 16 and 17 to 18). One will be selected as the Grand Prize winner.

Prizes include a $50,000 scholarship from Google, a trip to the Galapagos with National Geographic Expeditions and experiences at CERN, Google or the LEGO Group. Scientific American will also award a $50,000 Science in Action prize to one project that makes a practical difference by addressing a social, environmental or health issue.

For 2013, Google is introducing two new prizes. In August, the public will have the opportunity to get to know the 15 finalists through a series of Google+ Hangouts on Air and will then vote for the Inspired Idea Award. This will be awarded by the public for the project with the greatest potential to change the world. Also for the first time this year, Google will award a $10,000 cash grant from Google and an exclusive Google+ Hangout with CERN to the Grand Prize winner's school.

Lastly, a series of Google+ Hangouts on Air will be hosted on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. These Hangouts will feature renowned scientists including inventor Dean Kamen and oceanographic explorer Fabien Cousteau, showcase exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of cutting-edge labs and science facilities, and provide access to judges and the Google Science Fair team. These Google+ Hangouts aim to inspire, mentor and support students throughout the competition and beyond.

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