The Google Science Fair is the world’s largest on-line science competition. Teachers are encouraged to sign up their students to participate in this exciting event. Google will send teachers an information packet which includes posters and stickers to use in the classroom.
The inquiry form can be found at www.google.com/events/sciencefair/. Click on the link for “teachers” and then click on “teacher sign up”. A form will appear, which will ask for contact information, school information, class size, and whether a packet is needed for just the classroom or the entire school. Forms must be submitted by March 7, 2011.
The Google website offers several tips for teachers to get started. It explains the sign up process, project requirements, resources available, techniques for web research and evaluation, as well as the contest rules and frequently asked questions.
Submissions for the science fair will be accepted between January 11 to April 4, 2011. The science fair is open to students aged 13 to 18 years and projects can be submitted alone or in teams of two or three. Students will be competing with other students from around the world. Google is looking for projects which are creative and interesting and are connected to our world as it is known today. The science fair is a way to encourage students to think scientifically and to display their talent. It encourages students who may not have an interest in science to discover the fascinating world of scientific inquiry.
Students will have the opportunity to compete for prizes, internships, and scholarships. The grand prize is a fabulous 10 day trip to the Galapagos Islands with National Geographic Expeditions! During this adventure, the winner will visit Darwin’s living laboratory and have encounters with unique species. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity! In addition to this experience, the grand prize winner will also receive a $50,000 scholarship sponsored by Google. As well as the opportunity for a short internship at either CERN, Google, the LEGO group, or Scientific American. Other prizes will also be awarded. The finalist will receive a $25,000 scholarship as well as other amazing prizes. Google will award 15 finalists a Lego Mindstorm’s NXT 2.0 set, Google chrome notebook, an Sndroid phone, and other cool prizes. One “People’s Choice” award will include a $10,00 scholarship.