On January 11th 2012, Google has launched the second annual international online Science Fair, a a unique opportunity for young people to engage with the scientific community at large. This competition encourages students to be curious, ask questions, get engaged with their peers, and perform science experiments to answer those questions. The organisers believe that science fairs help students to explore their vision and curiosity through science. It allows any student with an Internet connection and a Google account to take part in this competitive event, by registering online and securing parental consent. The competition is open to 13–18 year old students around the globe, who formulate their own hypothesis, create an experiment to test it, and present their results and conclusion.
It is interesting that Google Science has created a toolkit for educators, to help them with guidelines and resources that will support their work in the classroom, and also help to foster the ideas of their students. They can download from the page for Educators everything from a key tips, competition rules, checklists, student worksheets, scientific methods, to competition overview presentation and detailed Lesson Plans.
Google also points out the the judging and prizes: “In partnership with CERN, National Geographic, The LEGO Group and Scientific American, Google invites these students to post their science projects online so that they may compete for prizes, scholarships and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.”
Interested students and teachers should visit Google Science Fair 2012 page – and find more about the Competition details and how to enter, build your project site, get tips, get familiar with the rules, and submit their project. The competition is open until 1 April 2012.
Google Science Fair page: http://www.google.com/events/sciencefair/index.html
YouTube Google Science Fair channel http://www.youtube.com/user/GoogleScienceFair
Google Student Blog http://googleforstudents.blogspot.com/