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Google Science Fair 2016

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May 18, 2016

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About Google Science Fair Scholarship

  • The Google Science Fair is an online science competition sponsored by Google, LEGO Education, National Geographic, Virgin Galactic and Scientific American.
  • The competition is open to 13–18-year-old students around the globe, who formulate a hypothesis, perform an experiment and present their results.
  •  All students must have an internet connection and a free Google Account to participate as the projects are submitted through Google Sites in English, German, Italian, Spanish, French and few languages added this year are Arabic, Hebrew, Polish, Japanese, Russian, Turkish, Portuguese, Korean, or Chinese (simplified or traditional).
  • Students can participate either as an individual or as part of a group consisting of up to three members.
  • The Students can submit project in any of the following fields as the main topic and maximum two subtopics:
    • Computer Science & Math
    • Earth & Environmental Sciences
    • Behavioral & Social Sciences
    • Flora & Fauna
    • Energy & Space
    • Inventions & Innovation
    • Physics
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Food Science
    • Electricity & Electronics
    • Astrophysics
    • Robotics
  • Categories for Participation: Google will assign each entrant into an Age Group as follows:

    • 13-15 years
    • 16-18 years

    and one of the following three Regions as follows:

    • The Americas,
    • APAC (Asia, Pacific)
    • Europe/Africa/Middle East.

    Entries will be divided into Age and Regional categories during the Regional Finalists phase of the competition. 

  • Students have to research on a topic of their choice and present it to the judges as a paper.
  • The last date to submit the Projects is May 18, 2016 (12:29- IST).
  • The names of Regional Finalists will be announced on July 18, 2016 (22:30- IST).
  • The names of the Global Finalists will be announced on August 11, 2016 (22:30-IST).
  • The name of the Final Award Winners will be announced on September 28, 2016 (9:30- IST).

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Google Science Fair Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

Gender Both Girls and Boys can participate
Region Global 
Class/ Age 13-18 years 

Age Limit

  • Competition is open to individuals born between February 21, 1997, and May 17, 2003 (inclusive)
  • Entrants from the Netherlands must be born between February 21, 1997, and May 17, 2000 (inclusive). Entrants cannot enter from this country until they turn 16.
  • Entrants from Spain, South Korea and Israel must be born between February 21, 1997, and May 17, 2002 (inclusive).Entrants from these countries cannot register till they turn 14.
  • Candidate must have a valid e-mail ID.

Not Eligible to participate

  • Individual: Previous Grand Prize Winners of Google Science Fair are not eligible to participate in Google Science Fair 2016.
  • Country: Residents of Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria and any other U.S. sanctioned country.

Google Science Fair Scholarship Reward

Google Science Fair 2016 Reward

Grand Prize: The Grand Prize winner will be awarded $50,000 as scholarship funding. If the winner is a team, the scholarship amount will be divided among the members.

Finalist Prizes: There will be 16 global Finalist prizes which includes:

  • LEGO Education Backpack, one LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 Core Set, Charger, Single Software license.
  • 12-month free subscription to Scientific American magazine, both digital and in print.
  • 12-month free subscription to National Geographic
  • Fun swag from Virgin Galactic
  • Google Goodie bag

Scientific American Innovator Award (in the pure science category)

  • Scholarship: Funding of $15,000 offered to the winner by Scientific American.
  • One year mentorship for developing the winner’s project and education
  • The winner’s school will receive 12 month’s digital access to Scientific American magazine.

Google Technologist Award (computer science and/or math category)

  • Scholarship: The winner will receive funding of $50,000 from Google
  • Visit the Google Headquarters Mountain View, CA.
  • One year mentorship from a Google representative.

The National Geographic Explorer Award: (Natural Sciences category)

  • The winner will receive a year-long mentorship and $15,000 educational scholarship.
  • 10-day National Geographic Expedition to the Galapagos Archipelago, which is known as “Darwin’s living laboratory”, with a parent/guardian.

The LEGO Education Builder Award: (Engineering category)

  • The winner will receive a year-long mentorship and $15,000 educational scholarship.
  • Visit the LEGO Group headquarters in Billund, Denmark with a parent/guardian to meet LEGO Education designers and employees.

The Virgin Galactic Pioneer Award (Space and Physics category)

  • The winner will receive a year-long mentorship and $15,000 educational scholarship.
  • Visit the Virgin Galactic, Mojave Air and Spaceport in Mojave, California

The Community Impact Award

  • Scholarship of $1,000
  • One year mentorship from Google Science Fair partner organization.

The Inspiring Educator Award

  • Classroom Grant: $5,000 Classroom grant from LEGO Education.
  • Gift Card from LEGO Education: $5000 gift card for educational products.

Google Science Fair Scholarship Application form and Process

Google Science Fair 2016 Application Process

  • Candidate must log in to his/her e-mail in order to register.
  • Click here to fill the Online Registration Form.
  • After this process, they will have to send in their entries by May 18, 2016.

Note: Consent from the Parents/Guardian is required before submitting the project.

Google Science Fair Scholarship Selection Process

Google Science Fair 2016 Selection Process

  • The Project will be judged in one of the two different age groups (13 -15 years, 16-18 years) based on the participant's age as of February 21, 2016, in case of individual or based on the age of the oldest team member on February 21, 2016, in the case of a team.
  • Entries will be judged according to the following category:
    • Experimenting Category: Behavioral & Social Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental, Flora & Fauna, Food Science
    • Engineering Category: Astrophysics, Energy & Space, Physics, Electricity & Electronics, Inventions & Innovations, Robotics, Computer Science & Math 
  • Entries will be judged on eight core criteria, which include the Summary, Student's presentation, Question/Proposal, Research, Methods/Testing & Redesign, Results, Conclusion/Report and Bibliography, References & Acknowledgement.

It is to be noted that optional additional to Summary is a two(2) minute video (YouTube only) OR a slide show (Google slides only) with a maximum of 20 slides.

  • 100 Regional Finalists
    • Up to 100 Regional Finalists, Up to eight (8) per age group (13-15 and 16-18) in each of the three (3) Regions (EMEA, APAC, US) from each of the two (2) Categories (Experimenting and Engineering), plus two (2) Wild Cards* from each Category.
    • *A Wild Card is determined based on the following requirements: After the selection of the top thirty-two (32) Regional Finalists from each of the three (3) regions, the next two (2) highest scoring Entries from each Category, regardless of age group or region, will be selected as Wild Cards.
  • 16 Global Finalists: 
    • Sixteen (16) Global Finalists: Four (4) Winners from each of the two (2) age groups within each of the two
      (2) Categories (Experimenting & Engineering) will compete for the Category Awards.
    • The Judging Panel will identify up to sixteen (16) highest scoring entries (eight (8) per age group) which
      will be deemed the “Potential Global Finalists” and will be eligible to win the Category Awards.
  • Winner: The sixteen (16) Global Finalists will be awarded the Global Finalist Prize, a trip to Google Headquarter in Mountain View, CA to participate in the final Winner selection to be held on September 28, 2016.

Important Dates for Google Science Fair 2016

 Event  Date
Announcement of 100 Regional Finalists July 18, 2016
Announcement of 16 Global Finalists August 11, 2016
Announcement of Winners September 28, 2016

Google Science Fair Scholarship Address

1055 Franklin Avenue,
Suite 300,
Garden City, NY 11530

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