Google has recently announced the Finalists for the 2012 Google Science Fair. Before we go any further though, we’d like to congratulate everyone who managed to submit an entry. In case you didn’t know it, we love science fairs! More than anything what we love about science fairs is the amazing entryway they offer so many of our students into STEM subjects. Science fairs offer our students so much in the way of an introduction to the world of science, and as you’ll see from the finalists, science fairs are also a very powerful way to re-enforce a basic belief that there is brilliance in every one of us and that we all have things to offer. As you can easily see, all the students had to put in considerable effort in order to get their projects entered into this competition and for the effort alone they are all worthy of our accolades.

We’d also like to congratulate Google and all the other partners of theirs that helped make this amazing event possible including CERN, Lego, National Geographics and Scientific American.

We’d be remiss though if we did not spend some time talking about the finalists for this year’s competition – the results have been nothing short of amazing and if we had to take one feeling away from having reviewed the finalist entries it is safe to say it in one word: inspirational.

One of the really nice things about this particular science fair is that Google is Google, and so they were able to scale this particular science fair up to a global level. As you might recall a while back we wrote a piece right here on Why Science promoting the Google Science Fair 2012 and in that post we mentioned that one aspect of the contest that we thought was particularly interesting was the actual submission process where Google required all entrants to create a micro-site which included some specific information – we’ve taken the liberty of sharing a small sampling of the videos these amazing students created but we also strongly encourage you to feel free to head over to the official Google Science Fair Page, check out the interactive finalists map, and view all the finalist videos for yourself. Your efforts to do so will be greatly rewarded.

Design and Evaluation of a Cell-Phone Compatible Telemedicine System

Optimal Performance

Unique Simplified Hydroponic Methods; Can The Method be Adapted for Poor Swazi Subsistence Farmers?

We should also mention that the last video (the one on hydrponics) was also the Scientific American Science in Action winner – be sure to read this interview with the two winners – two 14 year old young men from Swaziland.

Overall it seems like a huge win for science – what a fun event to be a part of, and from our view over here on the sidelines, what a fun event to be able to participate in as a fan! Once again congratulations to everyone who helped make this happen and even more so to everyone who made a submission. The bar is high and we can’t wait for the Google Science Fair 2013!


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