Since 2011, the Google Science Fair has become the largest online science fair in the world with thousands of entries from students in more than 90 countries. The 2015 Google Science Fair, is now open to students ages 13-18 worldwide. All projects are submitted entirely online, so all students need to participate is a curious mind and an Internet connection.
Submissions are open between February 18 through May 18, 2015. Some new things for the 2015 Google Science Fair include:
New Awards: In addition to the annual Grand Prize Winner, there are 7 new awards with the science fair partners:
• The Google Technologist award
• The Scientific American Innovator award
• The LEGO® Education Builder award
• The National Geographic Explorer award
• The Virgin Galactic Pioneer award
• The Incubator Award
• The Inspiring Educator award
• The Community Impact Award
The LEGO Education Builder Award
This award honors a student who uses an innovative, hands-on approach to solve some of the greatest engineering challenges. The winner, along with a parent or guardian, will travel to The LEGO Group headquarters in Billund, Denmark, where the student will meet with LEGO Education employees and designers. The student will tour the LEGO Manufacturing facilities, LEGO Idea House and receive tickets to LEGOLAND Denmark.
The winner will also receive a classroom set for their school of the LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 along with curriculum. They will also receive a custom LEGO brick build designed by one of the LEGO Education designers in Billund, Denmark. Additionally, the student will have access to work with a LEGO Education executive for 6 months as a mentor to learn how to launch a business and the art of entrepreneurship.
The 20 finalists were selected and announced on August 4, 2015. They will be flown to Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. for the live, final event on September 21, 2015.