Google Science Fair officially launched

Tue, 2011-01-11 19:25 -- Reni Barlow

Today at its offices in New York City, Google launched the Google Science Fair (GSF) - a global online competition for students 13 to 18 years old. Students enter their projects online in a format very similar to that required by regional science fairs across Canada and the Canada-Wide Science Fair (CWSF). Youth Science Canada is encouraging all Canadian students who sign up for the GSF to also enter their project in their local regional science fair. Similarly, we encourage all participants in Canadian regional science fairs to also enter the GSF - both offer great opportunities to win scholarships, prizes and trips, while regional fairs offer the added opportunity for students to connect with judges - and each other - in person, as well as a trip to the 50th annual CWSF in Toronto in May.

Entries are open now and close April 4, 2011, so the timing closely matches many Canadian regional science fairs. After April 4th, all GSF projects will be judged by a panel of teachers who will be following the judging criteria. In early May, (just prior to CWSF 2011), 60 global semi finalists will be announced, their projects will be posted online and open to public voting for a “People’s Choice Award”. The 60 global semi finalists will then be narrowed down by the GSF judging panel to 15 global finalists who will be announced later in May - on the final day of CWSF 2011.

Watch the introductory video:

The 15 global finalists will be flown to Google HQ in California, USA for a celebratory Science Fair event and finalist judging round, which will take place on July 11, 2011. These finalists will present their projects before a panel of acclaimed scientists including Nobel Laureates, tech visionaries and household names. A winner will be selected from each of the age categories, 13-14, 15-16, 17-18. One of the three finalist winners will be named the Grand Prize Winner. (Which sounds a lot like the Canada-Wide Science Fair!)
Youth Science Canada is the exclusive Canadian educational partner for this activity and is working to ensure that young Canadian scientists are well represented in the competition. We'll be sending an email notice about the GSF to all recent CWSF and Team Canada-ISEF participants, but we'd like to see every Canadian student with a project signed up - and attending their local regional fair. Of course we'd also like to see Canada well-represented among the 15 finalists at the Googleplex in Califiornia!

Students can sign up and register projects now - just go to the Google Science Fair page and click the "Sign Up Now!" button.