Google Science Fair 2015

The Google Science Fair is an online science competition open to students ages 1

It's your turn to change the world. What will you try? That's the theme of the 2015 Google Science Fair! Teens ages 13-18 are encouraged to enter as individuals or in teams of 2 or 3 people. Entries require a Google account and a parental permission, and the submission deadline will be May 19, 2015, with regional finalists announced on July 2, 2015.

Entry and Judging

Entrants register their project with Google, and a Google Site is automatically created to document the project.  Entrants don't need to know any coding for site production, they just have to fill in the blanks, and have the drive to follow through on an idea!  Three winners will be selected by age range - 13-14, 15-16, 17-18, with the Grand prize winner chosen from one of those three.

Prizes

Winners and finalists of the Google Science Fair will receive a variety of life changing prizes, ranging from a 10-day trip to the Galapagos Islands with National Geographic Expeditions, to a $50,000 Google scholarship, to a a tour of Virgin Galactic's Spaceport in the in Mojave Desert!

  • The Grand Prize winner will receive $50,000 in scholarship funding. The $50,000 Google scholarship is intended to further the Grand Prize winner’s education. If a team wins the prize, the scholarship’s value will be divided equally among the teammates.

  • The Scientific American Innovator Award honors a project in the pure sciences. Scientific American will give $25,000 in funding and a year’s worth of mentoring to the winner of the Scientific American Innovator Award. These prizes are intended to help the winner continue to develop their project and their education. In addition, the winner’s school will receive digital access to Scientific American magazine Archives for 12 months.

  • The Google Technologist Award celebrates a project which has the potential to change the world, through outstanding and innovative work in the field of computer science and/or math.The winner will be awarded $25,000 in funding by Google, to help develop their project, along with a year-long mentorship from a Googler in a related field and a visit to their home office.

  • The National Geographic Explorer Award honors a project in the natural sciences. The winner, along with a parent or guardian, will travel on a 10-day National Geographic Expedition to the Galápagos Archipelago, “Darwin’s living laboratory” and home to an abundance of wildlife. Isolated from the mainland for millions of years, these unique islands offer the opportunity to walk among animals unfazed by your presence.

  • The LEGO Education Builder Award honors a student who uses an innovative, hands-on approach to solve some of the greatest engineering challenges. The winner, along with a parent or guardian, will travel to The LEGO Group headquarters in Billund, Denmark, where the student will meet with LEGO Education employees and designers. The student will tour the LEGO Manufacturing facilities, LEGO Idea House and receive tickets to LEGOLAND Denmark. The winner will also receive a classroom set for their school of the LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 along with curriculum. They will also receive a custom LEGO brick build designed by one of the LEGO Education designers in Billund, Denmark. Additionally, the student will have access to work with a LEGO Education executive for 6 months as a mentor to learn how to launch a business and the art of entrepreneurship.

  • The Virgin Galactic Pioneer award honors a project in the area of space and physics. The award winner will be taken on a tour of Virgin Galactic, Mojave Air and Spaceport in Mojave, California to meet the extraordinary group of engineers turning the Virgin Galactic dream into reality, as well as given the unique opportunity to get acquainted with our new spaceship.

  • The Community Impact Award honors a project that makes a practical difference in his or her community by addressing an environmental, health or resources challenge. To help develop their project, the winner will be awarded $10,000 in funding and a year-long mentorship from Scientific American.

  • The Incubator Award celebrates a student between the ages of 13 and 15 whose project shows extraordinary promise in a field of science. The winner will receive $10,000 from Google and year of mentorship to further develop his/her project.

  • The Inspiring Educator Award honors the contributions of one outstanding educator who goes above and beyond to encourage their students to achieve great things. The winner will receive a $10,000 classroom grant from Google and a $5,000 gift card for educational products from LEGO Education.

There are tons of reasons to enter, but for those who do end up in the top tier, the prizes are pretty outstanding! Encourage your children to put on their thinking cap and start asking questions. The path they'll find themselves on will not only lead to discoveries about the world around them, but also about themselves! Who knows, it may even change the path of their lives and the world they live in!

The Google Science Fair is sponsored by Google, LEGO, National Geographic, Cern, & Scientific American