Google has announced that it has opened the 2018-2019 edition of the Google Science Fair, a global online science, technology, engineering, and math competition dedicated to teenagers. Young people are encouraged to find innovative ideas that will bring positive changes in the world and solve real problems.
The Google Science Fair is a global competition, with young people around the world expected to submit projects. The last winner of the Google Science Fair – the 2016 edition – was South African Kiara Nirghin, who submitted the project titled “how to fight drought with fruit”. His project was inspired by the severe drought that South Africa has suffered, causing significant losses among crops and animals.
Google’s 2018-2019 edition of this project is supported by LEGO Education, National Geographic, Scientific American and Virgin Galactic. The contest will have several awards:
- The grand prize offered by Google is a USD 50,000 scholarship to finance the winner’s schooling;
- LEGO Education Award: USD 15,000 educational scholarship, alongside a visit to Lego headquarters in Billund, Denmark;
- National Geographic Explorer Award: An educational grant of USD 15,000 and a year of mentoring for the project. In addition, the winner will start on an 18-day trip to the Galapagos Islands;
- Scientific American Innovator Award: USD 15,000 scholarship and Scientific American;
- Virgin Atlantic Pioneer Award: USD 15,000 scholarship, a year of mentoring for the project and a visit to Virgin Atlantic.
Romanians who want to join the Google Science Fair must be between 16 and 18 years old. They can also compete in teams, with the winning prizes being shared among their members. Applications for the 2018-2019 edition can be submitted until December 12th. The finalists will be announced in May 2019. All young people who reach this point of the competition will go to the final event to be held in Mountain View, United States, in July 2019.