WASHINGTON, January 11, 2011 (AFP) - Google on Tuesday launched its first ever global science fair for young people aged 13 to 18, with the grand prize being a trip to the Galapagos Islands and a 50,000-dollar scholarship.
"Google is looking for the brightest young scientists from around the world to submit interesting, creative projects that are relevant to the world today," the Internet search engine said.
Students may enter on their own or in groups of two or three. Projects must be submitted by April 4.
As part of the entry, young scientists must create "either a two-minute video or 20-slide presentation giving an overview of your project and embed it on the summary page of your project submission," Google said.
All materials must be written in English, it said, noting that Google Translate is available for those who need it.
Judging of all submissions is to be done by a panel of teachers, Google said.
Then, in early May, "60 global semifinalists will be announced and their projects will be posted online and open to public voting for a 'People’s Choice Award.'"
Later in May, Google will announce 15 global finalists who will be flown to Google headquarters in California for a science fair event and judging before "a panel of acclaimed scientists including Nobel Laureates, tech visionaries and household names."
One finalist will be selected from each of three age groups: 13-14, 15-15, and 17-18.
Finalists win a 25,000 scholarship, and the grand prize winner gets a 50,000 dollar scholarship plus a 10-day trip with a parent or guardian to the Galapagos Islands with National Geographic Expeditions.