Google Science Fair 2012
Have you heard about the Google Science Fair? It's 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.
In fact last year, over 10,000 students from 91 countries submitted their amazing ideas and it was narrowed down to 3 top winners – all young women. The judges said what set their ideas apart was their intellectual curiosity, their tenaciousness and their ambition to use science to find solutions to big problems. Just read about their winning experiments:
- Lauren Hodge in the 13-14 age group. Lauren studied the effect of different marinades on the level of potentially harmful carcinogens in grilled chicken.
- Naomi Shah in the 15-16 age group. Naomi endeavored to prove that making changes to indoor environments that improve indoor air quality can reduce people’s reliance on asthma medications.
- Shree Bose in the 17-18 age group. Shree discovered a way to improve ovarian cancer treatment for patients when they have built up a resistance to certain chemotherapy drugs.
The winners not only took home some amazing prizes, they were also invited to visit the White House to meet with President Obama, and asked to speak at TED Women in Los Angeles. And the grand prize winner, Shree Bose, was named one of Glamour Magazine's Amazing Young Women of 2011.
Talk about impressive!
So, if you are a 13-18 year-old budding scientist with an interesting and creative project that has relevance to the world today – get to work! And - if you are a parent of a 13-18 year-old who has a great idea and needs some prodding to submit their idea - get to work!
You can enter on your own or in a team of two or three, and each submission must include a 2 minute YouTube video or 20 slide Google Presentation that discusses your passion for science, and explain what winning would mean to you.
Before submitting your idea, make sure to read all the Google Science Fair rules including:
What a great opportunity for kids out there who have lots of ideas swirling around in their heads. The deadline is 4/1/2012, so don't delay and share those ideas – who knows, yours could be the one that changes the world…