Google Science Fair 2012: Answer Questions And Win Prizes

The Google Science Fair is an online science competition seeking curious minds from the four corners of the globe. This is the second edition of the Google Science Fair, it was first launched in 2011. Any person between the ages of 13 and 18 with an awesome idea can participate. You don’t need to be a genius to participate, just be willing to ask questions and find answers. The question could be a new take on particle physics, or how to build a better game or even a better social network. It could be a cost-effective way to provide clean water to a remote community, or maybe a project like reducing the carcinogenic properties of grilled chicken or how to provide cleaner energy.

Okay, I get it. How do I participate in the 2012 Google Science Fair?

Google Science Fair 2012

The competition is open to all individuals between 13 and 18 years old. To participate, just goto and login with your Google Account. Intending participants must obtain perental consent before participating. All entrants will use a Google Site to showcase their project submission. A Google Site is an easy way to create a website without having to know any computer coding. Your site will be automatically created with the official Google Science Fair template after you successfully complete the signup process. Your Google Science Fair site template should be broken into 11 sections that you will customize by including short summaries and supporting documents viz:

  • Summary: A brief overview of your project and an embedded video or summary presentation.
  • About Me: Tell the judges a bit about yourself.
  • The Question: Find a question that interests you about something that you have observed, noticed, or wondered about.
  • Hypothesis: Address something that you believe is challenging which you are able to answer in a single experiment.
  • Research: Summarize the research that you completed to support and answer your question.
  • Experiment: Design, execute, and summarize an experiment that tests your hypothesis.
  • Data: Report on all of the data, numbers, outputs, or outcomes from your experiment.
  • Observations: Show an understanding of what you saw happening during your experiment.
  • Conclusions: Explain how your experiment supported or contradicted your original hypothesis.
  • References: Provide references for sources of information that you have consulted.
  • Acknowledgements: Detail any help and support that you received to complete your project.
All proposals must be submitted before 1st April, 2012.

Prizes to be won in the 2012 Google Science Fair includes:

  1. The grand prize winner along with one parent or guardian will have the chance to visit the Galápagos Archipelago, Darwin’s living laboratory, and the home to an abundance of wildlife. Google will cover the cost of flights for the winner plus one parent or guardian to the Galapagos.
  2. The Grand Prize winner will also receive a scholarship from Google worth $50,000.
  3. Finalist Winner Prize is a Scholarship from Google worth $25,000.
  4. 90 regional finalists who will each receive a Google Chromebook.
  5. 15 finalists, selected from these regional finalists, will be flown to Mountain View California for a chance to compete to become a finalist winner in their age category:
  6. For more of the awesome prizes, please visit the prizes page.
Hope you compete and win a prize. If you have any question tips concerning the Google Science Fair, do feel free to let me know in the comments. Cheers as you ask fruitful questions!


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