Apply now! Google Science Fair for students

THE promotion will be comprised of an open entry submission phase, judging phase and then culminating in a final event to select the winners to be held live at google headquarters in Mountain View, CA on or about September 23, 2013.


Competition
: Google Science Fair 2013

Organized by:  Google in partnertship with Lego, CERN, National Geographic, Scientific American

Eligibility:

  • Competition is open to individuals born between 31 January 1994 and 30 April 2000 (inclusive). No entrant can sign up for the competition until they turn 13. If an entrant turns 19 during submission period they will not be disqualified.
  • All entrants must have his/her parent’s or legal guardian’s permission to enter this Competition. Sponsor reserves the right to verify an individual’s eligibility to participate in the Competition

Note:

  • Entrants from the Netherlands must be born between 31 January 1994 and 30 April 1997 (inclusive). No entrant from the Netherlands can sign up for the competition until they turn 16.
  • Entrants from Spain, South Korea and Israel must be born between 31 January 1994 and 30 April 1999 (inclusive). No entrant from these countries can sign up for the competition until they turn 14.
  • Previous Grand Prize Winners of Google Science Fair are not eligible to participate in Google Science Fair 2013.

Ineligibility: The Competition is not open to residents of Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, Zimbabwe, and any other U.S. sanctioned country and is void where prohibited by law.
Employees, officers, directors, agents, representatives and their immediate family members of the Competition Entities and their respective parents, affiliated and subsidiary companies, advertising and promotion agencies, legal and financial advisors, any and all other companies associated with this Competition (including other institutions listed on the Competition Site who are involved in judging), are not eligible to enter or otherwise participate in this Competition.

How to Enter the General Competition: Click here for all details

  • You may participate in only one (1) Entry Submission, either as an Entrant, Team Leader or Team Member.
  • If you participate in multiple Entry submissions, only the first entry you submit will be judged.

Note:

  • Google will assign entrants into Age and Regional groups based on information submitted during the registration process.
  • Google will assign each entrant into an Age Group as follows: 13-14, 15-16, 17-18, and a Region as follows: The Americas, Europe, Africa and Middle East, and Asia Pacific.
  • Entries will be divided into Age and Regional categories during the Regional Finalists phase of the competition.
  • The 30 highest-scoring entrants in each region will be selected as Regional Finalists.


1. Entry Submission, either as an Entrant:

  • Create a free Google account by registering at https://accounts.google.com/NewAccount and following the instructions provided.
  • Sign up to participate
  • Once you have a Google account, go to http://google.com/sciencefair and register. You will be asked to input your Google account email address and password.
  • You will then be taken to your Project Dashboard. Whenever you log in using your Google account details at http://www.google.com/sciencefair, you will arrive on this page where you can enter and review your registration information, request parental consent, create, edit and submit your final Project.

Register:

  • Complete requested information about yourself and your Project in the Registration section before creating your Project. You may edit this later. Click the box stating that you have read, accept, and agree to be bound by these Official Rules and terms.


Create your Project:

  • Upon completion of registration you may begin working on your Project. The Project must follow the technical, creative, and legal entry requirements set out in these Official Rules and the Competition Site (which are incorporated herein by reference).
  • You will be required to complete all sections of the Project Site.
  • Your Project will be judged in one of the three different age groups (13-14, 15-16, 17-18) based on your age as of January 30, 2013.


Request parental consent :

  • Parental consent is a requirement of all entrants.
  • Submission of project for judging cannot be done until you have requested and received parental consent.
  • Visit the “For Parents” section of www.google.com/sciencefair for more information and to learn about other ways to get consent.
  • Once you have done this, your parent or guardian will receive an email from Google with instructions on how they can give their consent for you to participate. The Project will not be judged unless this consent is received.


Submit your Project

  • You may submit your “Entry” any time during the Open Call for Entries (see section 1).
  • You will be able to make further changes to your Registration information or your Project up until the close of the competition.


2. Entry as a Team:

  • Sign up for Google Accounts
  • To enter the competition, all team members must have or create a free Google Account.
  • To register for a Google account, go to https://accounts.google.com/NewAccount and follow the instructions provided.
  • Sign up to participate (Team Leader only)
  • Once all team members have a Google account, choose one of the team members to be the Team Leader.
  • As Team Leader, go to http://google.com/sciencefair and register. You will be asked to input your Google account, email address and password.
  • You will then be taken to your Project Dashboard. Whenever you log in using your Google account details at http://www.google.com/sciencefair, you will arrive on this page where you can enter and review your registration information, request parental consent, create, edit and submit your final Project.

Register (Team Leader only)

  • You will need to enter some information about yourself and your Project in the Registration section before you can create your Project.
  • Registration may be edited. You must click the box stating that you have read, accept, and agree to be bound by these Official Rules and terms.
  • Add the other Team Member(s) to your Team (Team Leader only)
  • When you have registered, enter the email addresses of the other team member(s).

Register (other Team Members only)

  • The other team member(s) will receive an email from Google with instructions on how they can register as part of your team. They will be asked to create their own password and complete the same personal information as the team leader.
  • Once you have registered, you will be able to log in and see the Project Dashboard. You will see your personal information, and the same dashboard as your team members.
  • You can all log in separately to work on the “team” project, the team leader will be required to submit the final project.

Create your Project (all)

  • Upon completion of registration you can begin working on your Project. The Project must follow the technical, creative, and legal entry requirements set out in these Official Rules and the Competition Site (which are incorporated herein by reference).
  • You will be required to complete all sections of the Project Site.
  • Your Project will be judged in one of the three different age groups (13-14, 15-16, 17-18) based on the age of the oldest team member on January 30, 2013.

Request Parental Consent (all)

  • Parental consent is a requirement for all entrants.
  • You may begin working on your Project after you have registered, however, you will not be able to submit it for judging until all Team Members have requested and received parental consent.
  • Each Team Member must log in to the Project Dashboard using their own log in details and enter the email address of a parent or guardian in the space provided.
  • A parent or guardian will receive an email from Google with instructions on how they can give their consent for entrants participation. The Project will not be judged unless this consent is received.

Submit your Project (all)

  • You may submit your “Entry” any time during the Open Call for Entries .
  • You will be able to make further changes to your Registration information or your Project until the close of the competition.

Project Categories: Entrants can submit Projects in any one of the following :

  • Computer Science & Math
  • Earth & Environmental Sciences
  • Behavioral & Social Sciences
  • Flora & Fauna
  • Energy & Space
  • Inventions & Innovation
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Food Science
  • Electricity & Electronics


Project Details:
Entrants must complete all sections of the template Project Site:

Section1: Summary
A brief overview of your Project.
Optional additions to your summary (submit only 1 of the following options):

  • two (2) minute YouTube video
  • slideshow with a maximum of twenty (20) slides

Section 2: About Me: Introduce yourself / your team.

Section 3: Question / Proposal - Describe the question that you are investigating and your hypothesis, or the problem that you are going to try to solve and the outcome that you expect.

Section 4: Research - An account of the research that you have done into your chosen category, and how this has influenced your Project.

Section 5: Method / Testing and Redesign - Describe in detail how you carried out your experiment or tested your solution.

Section 6: Results
- Your data and observations gathered during your experiment or testing, presented clearly with a description of any patterns or trends.

Section 7: Conclusion / Report - An explanation of how your experiment or testing answers your question, or why it fails to do so, and whether or not the outcome was as you expected.

Section 8: Bibliography, References and Acknowledgements

The Prize categories:

  • Regional Finalists/Finalists/Grand Prize:
  • There will be 90 Regional Finalists.
  • 15 Finalists selected from the Regional Finalists will be flown to Mountain View California for a chance to compete to become a Finalist Winner (3 total) in their age category:
    13-14
    15-16
    17-18
  • One of the 3 Finalists Winners will be selected as the Grand Prize Winner.

Science in Action:

  • The Science in Action prize sponsored by Scientific American, honors a project that can make a practical difference by addressing an environmental, health or resources problem.
  • Submissions should be innovative, easy to put into action and expandable to other communities.

Inspired Idea Award: The Inspired Idea Award will be decided by public vote and will be awarded to a project which the public deems to have the ability to have the greatest impact to change the world.

Celebrate the School: Celebrate the School recognizes the amazing contribution made by the teachers of the winners by awarding cash grants and a virtual field trip to CERN.

General Entry Requirements:
Technical Requirements:
Optional Project Summary Video: Maximum running time is two (2) minutes. If the video is longer than two (2) minutes, only the initial two (2) minutes will be judged.
Optional Project Summary Slideshow: Maximum of twenty (20) slides. If the presentation is longer than twenty (20) slides, only the first twenty (20) slides will be judged.
Language: Submissions may be submitted in one of the following languages: English, German, Italian, Spanish, French, Arabic, Hebrew, Polish, Japanese, Russian, Dutch, Portuguese, Korean, or Chinese (simplified or traditional). However, you may submit entries in any language, provided

The maximum score for each section is below:

  • Summary (maximum score 40)
  • About Me (maximum score 20)
  • Question / Proposal (maximum score 20)
  • Conclusion / Report (maximum score 20)

Prizes with Details: Click here for complete details

Grand Prize: One (1) Grand Prize Winner will receive:

  • A National Geographic Expedition: The Grand prize winner along with one parent/guardian will have the chance to visit the Galapagos Archipelago, Darwin’s living laboratory, and the home to an abundance of wildlife. This prize is valid for one year from winning the prize.
  • A Scholarship from Google: A US$50,000* cash scholarship with the intention that it will be used towards the Grand Prize Winner’s further education. If Grand Prize Winner is a Team, the US$50,000* cash will be split equally between Team members. *At Sponsor’s sole discretion a prize of comparable or greater value will be awarded.
  • A Once in a Lifetime Experience: The Grand Prize winner will have first choice of an experience at one of the following partner organizations: LEGO/CERN/GOOGLE (Prize Experiences described below).
  • A Personalized LEGO Prize: A personal LEGO colour mosaic (one for each team member, to build her/himself) and 1 set of LEGO MINDSTORMS signed by the design team of LEGO MINDSTORMS as well as the CEO and Owner of LEGO.
  • Digital Access to Scientific American Archives for your school: Digital access for the Winner(s) School(s) for one (1) year, commencing in July 2013.
  • Total Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of Grand Prize: US$75,000.

Celebrate the School: The School of the Grand Prize winner will receive:

  • Grant for School: The school of the Grand Prize winner will also receive a grant of US$10,000* cash to invest as they see fit. *At Sponsor’s sole discretion a prize of comparable or greater value will be awarded. If Grand Prize winner is not in school or is home schooled, prize to be donated to a charity of winners choice.
  • Virtual Field Trip to CERN: CERN will offer the Grand Prize winner’s school an exclusive “virtual field trip” to CERN. The school will connect via webcam with CERN physicists and engineers, who will showcase the laboratory and answer questions. Students will have the opportunity to look behind the scenes of this world famous particle physics laboratory

Age Category Winners’ Prize(s): The two (2) Age Category Prize Winners who did not win the Grand Prize will receive:

  • A Scholarship from Google: A US$25,000* scholarship with the intention that it will be used towards the Age Category Winners’ further education. If either Age Category Winner is a Team, the US$25,000 will be split equally between Team members. *At Sponsor’s sole discretion a prize of comparable or greater value will be awarded.
  • A Once in a Lifetime Experience: The Age Category Winners will have second choice after Grand Prize winner has selected their choice of Experience at one of the following partner organizations: LEGO/CERN/GOOGLE (Prize Experiences Described below)
  • A Personalized LEGO Prize: A personal LEGO colour mosaic (one for each team member, to build her/himself) and one (1) personal, exclusive LEGO box – specially made for the occasion.
  • Digital Access to Scientific American Archives for your school: Digital access for the Winner(s) School(s) for a year, commencing in July 2013.
  • ARV per Age Category Winner: US$40,000
  • Total ARV of Age Category Prize: US$80,000

The fifteen (15) Finalists will receive:

  • 1. A LEGO Goodie Bag including: A LEGO MINDSTORMS set, and two (2) LEGO TECHNIC sets (the 2 largest sets in the 2013 portfolio).
  • 2. A Google Goodie Bag
  • 3. National Geographic Subscription: A subscription to National Geographic magazine for 12 months.
  • 4. Scientific American Subscription: A subscription to Scientific American magazine for 12 months.
  • ARV per Finalist Prize: US$800
  • Total ARV of Finalist Prizes: US$12,000


Science in Action Prize: Scientific American will provide an award of US$50,000* for the Science In Action winner; if the winner is a Team (as defined above), the award will be split equally among team members

Life Time Experience Prize:
LEGO: LEGO will offer the Grand Prize or Finalist winner(s) (plus a guardian if necessary) a two (2) day trip to the LEGO HQ in Billund, Denmark. The trip will include a behind-the-scenes tour of the LEGO factory where the winner(s) will have the opportunity to see how LEGO bricks are produced and to present their project to LEGO employees, a visit to LEGOland Denmark and a sightseeing tour of the surroundings of Billund. This experience is valid for one year from winning the prize and must be completed by 2014.
CERN: CERN will offer the Grand Prize or Finalist winner(s) (plus a guardian if necessary) the opportunity to spend 3 days at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. The winners(s) will have the opportunity to visit the labs and some experimental areas along with playing an active role as an apprentice physicist, thereby truly experiencing science in the making. This experience is valid for one year from winning the prize and must be completed by 2014. To participate in this experience the winner must be 14 years of age or older.
Google: Google will offer the Grand Prize or Finalist winner(s) (plus a guardian if necessary) the opportunity to spend three days at a Google Engineering Office where they will be able to take part in a tour, workshops and participate in hands-on work. This experience is valid for one year from winning the prize and must be completed by 2014.

Trip (Finalist) Prizes:
The fifteen (15) Finalists will receive a minimum of a three (3)-day/two (2)-night trip (length of trip dependent on country of origin and associated travel times at Sponsor’s discretion) for the Finalist and, if applicable, all Team Members (and his/her parent or legal guardian, if Finalist or Team Member is a minor) to Mountain View, CA, USA for the opportunity to participate in the final Winner Selection Event, on or about, September 23, 2013. Exact dates of the trip will be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion.

For rules and details click here

Date Schedule:

 EVENTS
STARTS at 12:00:01 AM PST on Dates Noted
ENDS at 11:59:59 PM PST on Dates Noted
OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES
January 30, 2013
April 30, 2013
Regional Finalists Announced
Week commencing June 10, 2013
 
Age Category Finalists and Science in Action Award winner Announced
Week commencing June 24, 2013
 
Public Voting (Inspired Idea Award)
August 1, 2013
August 30, 2013
Finalist Event/Winners Selected & Announced
September 23, 2013
 



Website: https://www.googlesciencefair.com/en/2013/