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Curiosity has marked human history with many innovations and technological progresses. Culminating this idea into their tagline - Everyone's got a question. What's yours? - Google Science Fair aims to reach out to curious minds across the globe. The annual online competition, now in its second year, urges its applicants to ask important questions, placing them at the centre of their project. It challenges them to carry out a scientific investigation into real-world problems or issues that interest them.
"Google itself was founded through experimentation and through this fair, we hope to inspire scientific exploration among the next generation of scientists and engineers, create scientific role models and unite students around the world in the quest for learning," explains a Google spokesperson. The competition that is held in association with CERN, LEGO Group, National Geographic and Scientific American, is one of the largest of its kind with over thousands of entries. "With submissions open in 13 languages and covering 90 regional finalists, we want to make this year's fair even more global and larger that last year that saw over 7, 500 entries," adds the spokesperson. The rewards are equally magnanimous with 50,000 USD and 25,000 USD being offered as Google Scholarships. Apart from that, a ten-day trip to the Galapagos Islands with a National Geographic Explorer and internships with Google and partner organisations are also up for grabs. The 15 finalists will be flown to the Google Headquarters at Mountain View, California. A panel of judges including science luminaries, scientists and inventors will evaluate the entries. Another special judges' award, Science in Action, sponsored by Scientific American will be given out to a project with the highest capacity to make a practical difference in the local community. This initiative was inspired by last year's finalist from India, Harine Ravichandran, who attempted to solve energy surges in rural villages. The winner will receive seed funding and mentorship towards their project implementation. "The winners of last year's inaugural fair became something like scientific rock stars. Shree Bose, Naomi Shah and Lauren Hodge met with President Obama and were invited to speak at big events like TEDx Women," says the Google spokesperson. "But White House visits aside, this fair provides every participant a chance to conduct a hands-on research that can truly change the world," she concludes. The competition is open to children between the ages of 13 and 18 years. It requires interested applicants to build and submit their project site, following successful online registration and parental consent. And since it will be conducted online, all one needs is access to the internet and ample curiosity. Last date to apply is April 1. Visit www.google.com/sciencefair to participate.
Courtesy: Times of India
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