Google Science Fair 2012
How to enter
Google is looking for the brightest young scientists from around the world to
submit interesting, creative projects that are relevant to the world today. The
Google Science Fair is an online science competition seeking curious minds from
the four corners of the globe. Anybody and everybody between 13 and 18 can
enter. All you need is an idea. Geniuses are not always A-grade students. We
welcome all mavericks, square-pegs and everybody who likes to ask questions.
Simply upload your project here to win some life changing prizes.
The deadline for project submissions is on 1 April, 2012. All projects will
then be judged by a panel of teachers and university professors according to the
judging criteria. Towards the end of May, 90 regional finalists will be
announced. Our judging panel will narrow these down to 15 global finalists. We
will announce these names in early June, along with our Science in Action Award
The 15 global finalists and the Science in Action Award winner will be flown
to Google HQ in California, USA for our celebratory Science Fair event and the
final judging round which will take place on the 23 July 2012. The finalists
will present their projects before a panel of acclaimed scientists and tech
visionaries. A winner will be selected from each of the age categories, 13-14,
15-16, 17-18. One of the finalist winners will be announced the Grand Prize
Creating your Project Submission with a Google Site
All entrants will use a Google Site to showcase their project submission. A
Google Site is an easy way to create a website without having to know any
computer coding. Your site will be automatically created with the official
Google Science Fair template after you successfully complete the signup process.
For detailed instructions on how to use Google Sites, visit the Help Center.
The Google Science Fair project submission site template
Your Google Science Fair site template is broken into 11 sections that you
will customize by including short summaries and supporting documents.
- Summary: A brief overview of your project and an embedded video or
- About Me: Tell the judges a bit about yourself.
- The Question: Find a question that interests you about something that
you have observed, noticed, or wondered about.
- Hypothesis: Address something that you believe is challenging which you
are able to answer in a single experiment.
- Research: Summarize the research that you completed to support and
answer your question.
- Experiment: Design, execute, and summarize an experiment that tests your
- Data: Report on all of the data, numbers, outputs, or outcomes from your
- Observations: Show an understanding of what you saw happening during
- Conclusions: Explain how your experiment supported or contradicted your
- References: Provide references for sources of information that you have
- Acknowledgements: Detail any help and support that you received to
complete your project.
Well, a world-class science fair calls for world-class prizes. They include
once-in-a-lifetime experiences like a scientific trip to the Galapagos Islands
with National Geographic Expeditions, unique scholarships and real-life work
opportunities in iconic science centers of excellence like CERN in Switzerland.
NEW Science in Action prize
This year there will also be a special Science in Action prize sponsored by
Scientific American which will be awarded to a project that addresses a social,
environmental, ethical, health or welfare issue to make a practical difference
to the lives of a group or community.