Google Science Fair Winners Announced

Shree Bose (red trophy), Naomi Shah (blue), and Lauren Hodge (yellow) react to the announcement of Shree as the Grand Prize Winner of the inaugural Google Science Fair, as Vint Cerf, "Father of the Internet" holds the Grand Prize white Lego trophy. Photo by Cheryl Zook/NGS.


Last night at Google headquarters, some of the world’s smartest people gathered and most of them aren’t even old enough to drive.

It was the grand finale of the inaugural Google Science Fair, and the 15 teenage finalists impressed and inspired even the highly esteemed panel of judges, which included Google leaders, a Nobel Laureate, and three National Geographic Explorers: T.H. CulhaneTierney Thys, and Spencer Wells.

(See T.H. Culhane’s own recent science experiment, using a can of soda to light an LED lightbulb.)

Young scientists from around the world had been asked to submit projects online that were creative, innovative, and relevant to the world today. Out of  more than 7500 entries, from more than 10,000 young scientists, in more than 90 countries, these 15 had risen to the top. As impressive as all the entries were, there still had to be winners. And these winners, as announced on the official Google Blog are:

Shree’s groundbreaking and potentially lifesaving work  also garnered her the Grand Prize, consisting of a $50,000 scholarship, a National Geographic Expeditions trip to the Galápagos Islands and an internship at CERN. The others both received $25,000 scholarships and internships at Google and LEGO.

The awards ceremony followed months of research, experiments, preliminary fairs, and a day of the young scientists presenting their projects for the judges, friends, family, and others who simply came to see the show. Now that it’s over there’s just one thing to do: if you’re between the ages of 13 and 18, start planning your project for next year!




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