GOOGLE SCIENCE FAIR- It’s Your Turn To Change The World
Post By Ayushi Srivastava on 23-March-2015
Genius knows no age; it’s just a quality, affinity of which lies in the minds, not in “how old the mind is”. This is the policy on which Google laid its motive upon and started a fair which is for the youth and by the youth. While Larry Page and Sergey Brin were PhD students at Stanford University in California, they created Google in January 1996 as a research project. Google employee Tom Oliveri highlighted the company's early days: "Science fairs help students to explore their vision and curiosity through science. Our company was founded on an experiment. We firmly believe that science can change the world," he stated. True enough! And that’s how Google Science Fair came into picture.
The Google Science Fair is an online competition, the first of which was organised in January 2011. The competition is open to 13-18 year old young minds across the globe. Coming to what exactly happens in this fair… The participants formulate a hypothesis, perform an experiment, and present their results. An amazing way of letting people of young age go beyond their limits and explore their own potential, Google Science Fair is one of a kind.
The requirements of the competition are quite simple. All you need is an internet connection, and a google account to participate. Since, the Google Science Fair is spread worldwide, projects are accepted in English, Spanish, French, German and Italian. And your submission must include a summary, an ‘About Me’ page, the steps of the project and a bibliography, all coming together into ten sections. If the idea of indulging in such an intriguing learning experience wasn’t enough, the Fair comes up with the Grand Prize which is a package of a National Geographic trip to Galapagos Islands, a US$50,000 scholarship, and a pseudo-internship at the sponsoring companies. If you are lucky enough to get through to finals, you receive a US$25,000 scholarship and again an internship at the sponsoring organizations.
Attracting corporate and TV giants like Lego, National Geographic, Google, and Virgin Galactic as sponsors, the Google Science fair is as unique as it gets. It is a live example that has proven what young minds are capable of, because, if given opportunities as this, the days are not far when “age no bar” criterion will be followed in science and research, all over the world.