Google announces the first ever global online science competition, the Google Science Fair, tomorrow, Tuesday January 11th. “Google has partnered with CERN, LEGO, National Geographic and Scientific American to create a new kind of online science competition that’s more global, open and inclusive than ever before. Students aged 13 – 18 from around the world are invited to enter and compete for awesome once-a-lifetime experiences, scholarships and real-life work opportunities.”
Students in India (or Israel or Ireland) will be able to compete with students in Canada or Cambodia or Costa Rica for prizes including once-in-a-lifetime experiences (like a trip to the Galapagos Islands with a National Geographic Explorer), scholarships and real-life work opportunities (like a five-day trip to CERN in Switzerland). And if you’re entering a science fair locally, please feel free to post that project online with Google Science Fair, too!
To enter, register online and create your project as a Google Site. Registration is open through April 4, 2011. Please note: you must get parental or guardian consent in order to compete. You can check out the complete rules here. After April 4, judging will begin and semi-finalists in will be announced in early May.
“The semi-finalist projects will be posted on our online gallery, where we’ll encourage the public to vote for a “people’s choice” winner. From our list of semi-finalists, well select 15 finalists to bring their projects to Google headquarters on July 11 to compete in our final, live event, where world-renowned science judges will select a winner in each age category, as well as a grand-prize winner,” explains Google.
To celebrate the launch, Google’s hosting a live event on youtube.com/googlesciencefair tomorrow, on January 11th at 9am EST.