Google Science Fair 2012 Launches

Wed, 2012-01-11 19:00 -- Reni Barlow

On January 11, 2012, Google launched the second annual Google Science Fair. The Google Science Fair is an international competition which encourages students between the ages of 13 to 18 to be curious, ask questions, and perform science experiments to answer those questions. In partnership with CERN, National Geographic, LEGO and Scientific American, Google invites these students to post their science projects online so that they may compete for prizes, scholarships and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. For 2012, the competition has a new “Science in Action” prize for the top science project that shows positive, local community impact.

90 regional winners will be selected from around the world. From this pool, 15 global finalists will be flown to Google headquarters in Mountain View, California to present their projects in front of a panel of esteemed judges. From these 15 finalists, the judges will select a winner in each age category (13-14, 15-16, 17-18), as well as a grand-prize winner. The winners receive once-in-a-lifetime prizes. Interested students and teachers should visit the Google Science Fair web site to learn more, access resources, and apply.

In 2011, Chris Nielsen of Calgary, Alberta was one of the 15 global finalists with his project, Feature Point Analysis System - a 3D stereoscopic vision system that may one day enable robots and the visually impaired to navigate indoor environments, or dramatically reduce the time required to map indoor spaces. Chris appears at the upper left of the group photo and in the photo gallery below from the Google Science Fair Finals in Mountain View, California in July 2011.

Youth Science Canada, in collaboration with MILSET, is partnering with Google to promote this online event.

Canadian students entering the Google Science Fair are strongly encouraged to enter their project in their Regional Science Fair for an opportunity to win a trip to the Canada-Wide Science Fair - May 12-19 in Charlottetown, PEI.

Use Find Your Fair to locate your nearest Regional Science Fair.