- Third Google Science Fair
- Google invites young people from all over the world to contribute their projects
As Peter Burke, social historian of knowledge and Professor Emeritus of Cultural History at Cambridge University, has pointed out, innovation is only possible when there are no limits to thinking. Accordingly, many companies and institutions are now working with multidisciplinary teams, with people from different cultures, coming from different fields of knowledge and able to question and surpass established limits without being bound by the constraints of their areas of specialisation. Burke himself says that he spends his mornings raising questions that he attempts to answer in the afternoons.
Young people, who still have the child’s capacity for freely formulating questions, are the stars of the Google Science Fair competition, which is open to students aged between 13 and 18 from all around the globe, offering them the chance to submit ideas that can change the world.
For the third consecutive year and with the support of CERN, Lego, National Geographic and Scientific American, the prestigious science magazine of the Nature Publishing Group, Google has now launched its call for submissions with a deadline set for 30 April this year.
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This link provides all the necessary information about the competition, including the rules concerning eligibility, advice, inspiring resources, composition of the jury, instructions regarding experiments, prizes and information about previous Google Science Fairs, et cetera.
Google also offers parents and teachers material that will help young people understand the nature of the competition and what is expected of them, and also for reflecting on their interest in science.
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Spotlight on the Idea of the Winner of the Grand Prize, 2012
Brittany is only 17 years old but she is already helping to save lives. Her project of creating an application for accurate diagnosis of breast cancer is proof that one is never too young to change the world.
Some Winning Projects from Last Year’s Fair
- Power line conditioning using series voltage regulators (Harine Ravichandran, finalist in the age category of 15 -16 years).
- Improving musical experience for people with hearing loss using multi-frequency tactile sound (Jonah Kohn, 14 years).
- Vertical multi-level farming to increase crop yields (Sumit Singh, 13 years).
- Design and evaluation of a mobile telephone that is compatible with a telemedicine system (Catherine Wong, finalist in the age category of 15 – 16 years).
- The Vacuflush water-efficient toilet (Rohit Fenn, finalist in the age category of 15 – 16 years).
The winning projects from the 2012 Fair:
The winning projects from the 2011 Fair:
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