Google Science Fair opens today, January 12, worldwide, and the submissions will be accepted until Sunday, April 1 at 11:59 GMT (or 6:59pm ET/3:59pm PT). For this year's fair Google will be accepting submissions in 13 languages (Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Spanish and Russia).
"We'll also be recognizing 90 regional finalists (30 from the Americas, 30 from the Asia Pacific and 30 from Europe/Middle East/Africa). From these 90, to be announced in May, our judges will select the top 15 finalists, who will be flown to Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. for our live Google Science Fair final event on July 23, 2012. At the finals, a panel of distinguished international judges (like Vint Cerf, Sylvia Earle and Nobel Laureates David Gross and Ada Yonath) will select top winners in each age category (13-14, 15-16, 17-18)," informs Google.
Google also introducing a new category for this year's competition--the "Scientific American Science in Action award." "We were so inspired by 2011 finalist Harine Ravichandran's project, which attempted to solve energy surges in rural villages, that we decided to recognize an outstanding project that addresses a social, environmental or health need to make a difference in the lives of a group or community, as Harine's project did for her grandparents" village in India. The winner will also be flown to Mountain View for the finalist event in July," Google stated.
In addition to satisfying your curious mind, your brilliant project can also help to win you some pretty cool prizes, like a $50,000 college scholarship from Google, a 10-day trip to the Galapagos Islands with a National Geographic Explorer or an internship at Google or any one of our partners, Google informs.
"Scientific American Science in Action award winner will earn $50,000 and year-long mentorship to make their project goal a reality."
For mor information, visit google.com/sciencefair.