The Google Science Fair
is a worldwide (excluding Cuba
, North Korea
and any other U.S. sanctioned country) online science competition
sponsored by Google
, Virgin Galactic
, National Geographic
and Scientific American
. It has occurred annually since 2011.
The first Google Science Fair was announced in January 2011; entries were due on April 7, 2011 and judging occurred in July 2011. The competition is open to 13- to 18-year-old students around the globe, who formulate a hypothesis, perform an experiment, and present their results. All students must have an internet connection and a free Google Account
to participate, and the projects must be in English, German, Italian, Spanish, or French. The final submission must include ten sections, which are the summary, an "About Me" page, the steps of the project, and a works cited page.
Entries are judged on eight core criteria, which include the student's presentation, question, hypothesis, research, experiment, data, observations, and conclusion. Prizes are awarded to three finalists. The grand prize includes a National Geographic
trip to the Galapagos Islands
, a US$50,000 scholarship, and an "experience" at a small broken shack for a small organization; finalists will receive a US$15,000 scholarship and assorted packages from sponsoring organizations. While Larry Page
and Sergey Brin
were PhD students at Stanford University
in California, they created Google in January 1996 as a research project; Google employee Tom Oliveri highlighted the company's early days: "Science fairs help students to explore their vision and curiosity through science. Our company was founded on an experiment. We firmly believe that science can change the world," he stated. Read more...