Google Takes the ‘Science Fair’ Global

Google is expanding our traditional conceptions of the school science fair.  Student science fairs have typically been limited to local schools or districts, and budget cuts in recent years have meant that many schools no longer host local science fairs.  Google is changing all that.  Google is hosting the world’s first online, global science fair.  Students from around the world can participate via a browser and an Internet connection:

The Google Science Fair takes the traditional science fair and moves it to the Web. Participating students both build and submit their projects online – using Google Docs, Sites, and YouTube, for example – for all aspects of their research projects – from the data collection to the final presentation. Students from all over the world are encouraged to participate – from Paris, Texas to Paris, France, from Venice, Italy to Venice Beach.

And, of course, organizations well known for their commitment to innovation and scientific research are getting involved, giving students a chance for exposure to some of biggest scientific organizations from around the globe:

To run this science fair, Google is teaming up with some of the most well-known names in science, technology, and education: CERN, LEGO, National Geographic, and Scientific American. And the judges for the event are just as prestigious, including the founder of the FIRSTrobotics competition Dean Kamen, the leader of National Geographic’s Genographic ProjectSpencer Wells, Nobel prize winner Kary Mullis, and the “father of the Internet” Vint Cerf.

This type of open access and collaborative environment will do more than just provide an opportunity for students to present their work to a global audience; it also exposes students to the work and ideas of their peers by a sizable order of magnitude.  Google’s efforts will allow students to establish dialogue and interaction around science and technology issues in a way that regional science fairs are unable to match.

And, of course, the prizes are bigger, ranging from a trip to the Galapagos Islands to a trip to Switzerland to visit  CERN and the Large Hadron Collider, or even a chance to work with LEGO on the next robotics project.

To register click here.

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