Google launches third annual Google Science Fair

On the search for next generation of tech pioneers

With Google Glass being the latest experimental product to arrive from the search company, Google is on the search for the next big thing by encouraging young tech pioneers

Today Google launched its third annual Google Science Fair, the largest online science fair in the world, which invites students aged 13-18 to explore and pursue their interests in science and technology.

In partnership with CERN, the LEGO Group, National Geographic and Scientific American, the Google Science Fair sets out to find the next generation of scientists and engineers.

Students can enter the competition in 13 different languages, with the deadline for final submissions on April 30th of this year, at 11:59PM PDT.

In June, 90 regional finalists will be chosen; 30 from the Americas, 30 from Asia Pacific and 30 from Europe/Middle East/Africa. Judges will then select the top 15 finalists, who will be flown to Google headquarters in California for the live, final event in September.

At the finals, a panel of distinguished international judges consisting of renowned scientists and tech innovators will select the top winners in each age category, before one is selected as the Grand Prize winner.

The winner will earn a $50,000 scholarship from Google, a trip to the Galapagos with National Geographic Expeditions, experiences at CERN, Google or the LEGO Group and digital access to the Scientific American archives for the winner’s school for a year. Scientific American will also award a $50,000 Science in Action prize to one project that makes a practical difference by addressing a social, environmental or health issue.

In addition, the public will have the opportunity to get to know the 15 finalists through a series of Google+ Hangouts on Air, before voting for the Inspired Idea Award, an award selected by the public for the project with the greatest potential to change the world.

Google will also award a $10,000 cash grant from Google, and an exclusive Google+ Hangout with CERN, to the Grand Prize winner’s school.

Talking to the National Geographic, T.H. Culhane, National Geographic Emerging Explorer, described his experience as a judge for the Google Science Fair: “For the past two years I have had the Privilege – and I mean that with a capital P – to act as a judge for the Google Science Fair. And the privilege doesn’t come from rubbing shoulders with some of the world’s greatest scientists, engineers and educators.