A Great Summer Project – Google Science Fair 2015

 

We’re sure that parents who are even remotely aware of its existence will agree that the annual Google Science Fair competition is unabashedly positive. Let’s take a look at what’s in it for students:

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  • Prizes

o   Scholarships and grants from Google worth $50,000, $25,000, $10,000 or $1,000

o   An astronaut prep visit to the Virgin Galactic Spaceport in New Mexico

o   Additional educational trips sponsored by Google, Lego and National Geographic

o   Prizes for winners’ schools including access to the Scientific American archives

  • A great resume builder
  • Access to Google sponsored events including Hangouts during the course of the competition
  • The competition takes place entirely online, so it’s a great way for students to improve their computer skills
  • A sense of accomplishment
  • It’s free to enter

The contest is open in the U.S. to all full-time students age 13 – 18 (international students may also enter but the age requirements vary by country). Students can compete solo, or in groups of two or three.

The 2014 competition is well under way, but this summer is a great time for students to begin to prepare for the 2015 contest. Students who are interested will need time to plan, prepare and execute so summer vacation is an ideal time to get going. If your teen is stumped for ideas, Google has built an app for that. Students looking for inspiration can use the Idea Springboard to get pointed in a good direction.

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Google is not yet accepting entries for the 2015 competition, but the rules and everything else is available online. You can view past finalists and their projects here.

Ready, set, go.

 

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