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Google Science Fair

Sponsored by Google Inc. in partnership with LEGO, National Geographic, Scientific American, and CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research)
Web Site:
Google Inc.
1600 Amphitheatre Pkwy.
Mountain View, CA 94043

Competition Administrator:
Marden-Kane, Inc.
1055 Franklin Ave. Ste. 300
Garden City, NY 11530
Description:The Google Science Fair is an online science competition open to teenaged students from around the globe. In 2014, the Google Science Fair will accept entries in 14 languages. Students aged 13 to 18 are challenged to submit their ideas and projects that could change the world. Entrants may submit projects in any one of the following categories: Computer Science and Mathematics, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Flora and Fauna, Energy and Space, Inventions and Innovation, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Food Science, and Electricity and Electronics.

Ninety regional finalists will be chosen from all the entries. Fifteen of those regional finalists will be selected to go to Google’s headquarters for a chance to compete to become a Finalist Winner (three total) in their age category: 13 to 14, 15 to 16, 17 to 18. One of the three Finalists Winners will be selected as the Grand Prize Winner.

In addition to awarding a Grand Prize Package, the Finalist Prizes, and Age category winners, the Google Science Fair competition includes the following awards:
• The Local Award celebrates projects that receive a mark of excellence during preliminary judging and that have attempted to address a locally relevant issue.
• The Science in Action Prize, sponsored by Scientific American, is awarded to a project that makes a practical difference by addressing an environmental, health, or resources challenge.
• The Voter’s Choice Award will be decided by public vote and awarded to a project that is deemed the ability to have the greatest impact to change the world. Voting takes place from September 1 through September 14, 2014.
• The Computer Science Award, sponsored by Google, celebrates a project that has the potential to change the world through outstanding and innovative work in the field of Computer Science.
• The Celebrate the School Award honors the contributions of the Grand Prize Winner’s teacher and school with a cash grant to be used toward classroom computing or science lab equipment.

More information about all awards can be found at:

Around September, the names of the Google Science Fair winners will be posted on the competition site. In addition, to obtain this information, applicants may also send a postcard (with a return address clearly marked for receipt) to Google Science Fair 2014 Winners List c/o Marden-Kane, 1055 Franklin Ave., Ste. 300, Garden City, NY 11530 Attn: BH.
Eligibility:Private, Public, Charter
Award(s):The Grand Prize Package has a total approximate retail value (ARV) of $90,000; the total ARV of Age Category prizes is $80,000; and the total ARV of Finalist Prizes is $12,000. The Local Award Prizes winners receive $1,000 each. The Science in Action Prize awards $50,000 to a project. The Voter’s Choice Award winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize. The Computer Science Award winner will receive a $25,000 cash prize. The school of the Celebrate the School grand prize winner will receive a $10,000 grant and LEGO Education products for its science classes. Detailed information about all prizes is available on the website.
Deadline(s):Entries are due May 12, 2014.
Focus:Environmental Education, Family/Consumer Sciences, STEM, Technology Ed
Grade Level(s):6-8, 9-12
Content Area(s): Mathematics, Science, Social Sciences
21st Century
Themes and Skills:
Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, Critical Thinking, Environmental Awareness, Global Awareness, Health Literacy, Innovation, Problem Solving
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