The New Google Science Fair

As with every American tradition, there seems to be an online counterpart. In the case of the usual science fair that occurs in most schools across the nation, the Internet has upped the ante with the creation of the Google Science Fair, inaugurated in 2011 and offering some of the highest prizes to students of any science fair contest. The online competition is a collaboration between the behemoth search engine company and a number of others, including National Geographic, Scientific American, the Lego company and CERN.

The announcement of the Google Science Fair came in the first month of the year and had a deadline of April 7th as the final day that students could submit their projects. The online competition was made for students that are aged between 13 and 18 and all of the work to be judged would be hosted online in a total of ten sections. The students were allowed to create their own project from physics, biology, chemistry, and other science fields. The website that is created needed to document all of the steps of the project and provide general information about the student.

For the best science project entries, there were three top prizes to be garnered. With the high visibility of this contest, the prizes are the largest of any science fair in the country. The best student received an all expenses paid trip to the Galapagos Islands as well as a scholarship worth $50,000 and the chance to work with one of the companies that sponsored the event. The second and third place awards were also good, with the students getting $25,000 scholarships and a grab bag of prizes from the sponsors. The Google Science Fair was very popular and the online competition will likely be held on a yearly basis with increasing prizes in future years.