Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Google Science Fair Competition 2016


Google Science Fair is a global online competition open to individuals or teams from 13 to 18 years old who are answering the question: How can we make the world better with science?

DEADLINE
18th May, 2016  07:59 (BST)

PRIZES
16 global finalists, along with a parent or guardian, will travel to Google headquarters in Mountain View, California, USA to present their project to the judges and compete for the awards listed below.

Grand Prize 
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.

Scientific American Innovator
The Scientific American Innovator award honours an outstanding project with an experimental approach to answering some of the greatest questions in our natural world.

The winner will receive:
  • $15,000 educational scholarship.
  • A year-long mentorship.
  • The winner, along with a parent or guardian, will also take a Scientific American Cruise to one of the fascinating destinations to which we travel. This one-of-a-kind experience includes seminars and discussions with scientists on board. Recent cruises have been to the Panama Canal and the Mediterranean.
  • In addition, the winner’s school will receive digital access to Scientific American magazine Archives for 12 months.

National Geographic Explorer Award
The National Geographic Explorer Award also honours an outstanding project with an experimental approach to answering some of the greatest questions in our natural world.

The winner will receive:
  • $15,000 educational scholarship.
  • A year-long mentorship.
  • The winner, along with a parent or guardian, will also travel on a 10-day National Geographic Expedition to the Gal├ípagos 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. All in all, a once in a lifetime trip for nature lovers.

LEGO® Education Builder Award
The LEGO® Education Builder Award honours a student who uses an innovative, hands-on approach to solve some of the greatest engineering challenges.

The winner will receive:
  • $15,000 educational scholarship.
  • A year-long mentorship.
  • The winner, along with a parent or guardian, will also 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. They will also receive a custom LEGO brick build designed by one of the LEGO Education designers in Billund, Denmark. The student will also receive a scholarship to further their education as well as have access to work with a LEGO Education executive for one year as a mentor to learn how to launch a business and the art of entrepreneurship.
The Virgin Galactic Pioneer Award
The Virgin Galactic Pioneer Award honours a student who uses an innovative, hands-on approach to solve some of the greatest engineering challenges.

The winner will receive:
  • $15,000 educational scholarship.
  • A year-long mentorship.
  • The winner, along with a parent or guardian, will also be taken on a tour of Virgin Galactic, Mojave Air and Space Port 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 their new spaceship.
The Community Impact Awards
The Community Impact Awards honour five projects that make a practical difference in his or her community by addressing an environmental, health or resources challenge.

To help develop their project, each winner will be awarded $1,000 in an educational scholarship and a year-long mentorship from a Google Science Fair partner organization. Each winner, along with a parent or guardian, will also be invited to their Global Finalist event in Mountain View, CA in September.

One winner from each of the following regions will be announced during the Regional Finalist announcement:

Africa and the Middle East
Asia Pacific
Europe
Latin America
North America

The Inspiring Educator Award
The Inspiring Educator Award honours the contributions of one outstanding educator who goes above and beyond to encourage their students to achieve great things.

The winner will receive a $5,000 classroom grant and a $5,000 gift card for educational products from LEGO Education.

The Global finalist prizes
The 16 global finalists will receive a variety of exciting prizes which include:
  • A LEGO Education backpack, accompanied by one LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 core set, charger and single software license.
  • A free 12-month subscription to Scientific American magazine, in both print and digital
  • A free 12-month National Geographic subscription.
  • Fun swag from Virgin Galactic and
  • Fun giveaways from Google

Note: If a team wins the prize, the scholarship’s value will be divided equally among the teammates.

ELIGIBILITY
This competition is open to full-time and home-schooled students around the world, between ages of 13 and 18.  Students can register on their own, or as teams of up to three. 

Note: Please view the Google Science Fair Official Rules Page for more details including country-specific age requirements and also countries that are not eligible.

JUDGING CRITERIA
Inspirational entry or idea: Does your entry inspire and stand out?
They are looking for entries that make the judges sit up and say ‘wow.’ Did you think big? It doesn’t need to be a totally new area of science or engineering. In fact most breakthroughs simply continue where others left off - and they’re all for that.

Capacity to make an impact: Is it impactful? Could the science improve the world around us?
Judges will be looking closely to see if your work has value to the real world now or might in the future. So, in your project site, take the time to show how and where your findings could be applied or scaled to real-world scenarios.

Passion for science or engineering: Are you passionate about your work? Could you be a role model for other young scientists or engineers?
Do you love science or engineering, or both? The judges are looking for young scientists and engineers who are really passionate about what they do and how their interest can shape the future.

Excellence of method: Have you demonstrated real skill in the planning and doing of your experiment?
Whether it’s a science or engineering project you’ve worked on, they’ll be checking that your Method / Testing and redesign works with your original Question/Proposal - and you’ve discussed the reasons for this. Remember, even if your original idea failed, it doesn’t mean it’s not a good project. Learning from mistakes is all part of succeeding. Just be sure to talk about this, and suggest how it could be improved.

Communication skills: Is your project presented clearly and with enthusiasm and confidence?
People all over the world are interested in Google Science Fair finalists and winners. You’ll need to be able to explain your project clearly and concisely to people who might not have a science background, but you’ll also have to be able to go into the details for the real experts and judges. Your summary is very important for this. See how well you can communicate your project in just a few words

For the Community Impact Award
Submissions should be innovative, easy to put into action, and able to be expanded to other communities. All participants will be considered for this award as part of the main judging process.

OTHER KEY DATES
On or about September 27, 2016 the names of the Competition Winners will be posted on the Competition Site.

APPLICATION INFORMATION PAGE