World’s First Online Science Fair
This week, Google launched the first ever global online science fair. It’s targeted at children between the ages of 13-18, and all that’s required is to upload your English language entry using online access. The guidelines and rules are here. You can submit anything you can explain in a slideshow presentation or video until April 4, 2011.
Sixty semi-finalists will be chosen by a panel of esteemed judges and then further winnowed. Their projects will be posted online for everyone to look at. 15 finalists will win a trip to Google in Silicon Valley to give their presentations in person to the judges. Up to $110,000 in scholarship money will be awarded, and there’s at least one prize that involves a trip to the Galapagos Islands.
As for very young children’s ability to do real science, take a look at these examples.
- In December,  a class of children in the U.K., aged 8-10 years old, made novel discoveries about how bees perceive shapes and colors. Their work was published in a scientific peer-reviewed journal.
- Earlier this month, 10-year-old Kathryn Aurora Gray of New Brunswick, Canada, was the youngest person to discover a supernova.
Tell the curious kid who always wants to know why and how that they now have an outlet.
Photo credit: Science Olympiad, Wikimedia Commons