Google is currently running the Google Science Fair 2012 in coordination a number of very well respected brands.
Needless to say, as we are a STEM Education Technology Company, we are also big fans of science fairs. In fact we try to write about science fairs often in large part because we hope that our simple act of shinning a bright light on these amazing events will encourage even greater participation in subsequent science fairs.
And so, when it comes to what is being billed as The Worlds Largest Online Science Competition everyone here at Why Science can’t help but get excited!
To quote Google Science Fair 2012 in their own words:
Have you asked a question today? What did you do with it?
Did it take you somewhere new? Did it bring you here?
The Google Science Fair is an online science competition seeking curious minds from the four corners of the globe. Anybody and everybody between 13 and 18 can enter. All you need is an idea.
Geniuses are not always A-grade students. We welcome all mavericks, square-pegs and everybody who likes to ask questions. Simply upload your project here to win some life changing prizes.
Everyone has a question. What’s yours?
We strongly encourage everyone to take a look at the Google Science Fair 2012site and to see for yourself if it makes sense to join. Even if you don’t join, we are confident that you will enjoy spending some time over there. Just a quick heads up though – all submissions for this year’s fair – competition closes 1 April 2012.
Also, while we know as educators that the biggest prize for entering a science fair is the experience, we’d be remiss if we didn’t also mention that the prizes that Google and their partners are offering are truly “once in a lifetime experiences” such as a trip to the Galapagos Islands.
One other item we’d like to address is the interesting way that Google is accepting submissions – you can read all about the submission process here, but what Google has done is allowed entrants a very easy way to create a distinct website page (a Google site) and they are also asking that entrants also include either a 2 minute video or a 20 slide presentation among other assets. 10 years ago the idea that we could ask our students to create such assets was simply outside of the realm of reality – once again the wonders of technology!
Lastly, to all of you who have already submitted an entry or are in the process of doing so we’d like to wish you a heartfelt congratulations!