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Watch NG Explorer Albert Lin Announce Google Science Fair Finalists

This Wednesday, after months of innovative research and intense anticipation, the 15 global finalist projects for the 2012 Google Science Fair will be announced, and NG Emerging Explorer Albert Lin will be doing the honors.

You can watch it happen live during a Google+ Hangout at 9:00am EDT (2:00pm UT). Just follow the Google Science Fair on Google+ and become part of the celebration.

Albert is no stranger to science experiments. As part of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) at the University of California, he works to foster interdisciplinary collaboration, and make use of existing technologies in new ways, and develop entirely new technologies when needed. “It’s all about using technologies in ways they weren’t originally intended,” he says. “We can apply tools that were created for entirely different fields to search for something else—in my case, archaeological artifacts. I’m building on the foundational work of many pioneers.”

Inside the 2012 Google Science Fair

The annual Google Science Fair is open to everyone 13 to 18 years old who wants to push the edges of our knowledge and help pave the way to the future. Just like a school science fair, entrants submit their ideas, perform their experiments and then present the results to be judged. What sets this event apart is the worldwide participation, world-renowned judges, and life-changing prizes. In May, the original pool of entrants was narrowed down to 90 regional finalists, which are currently featured on the Google Science Fair homepage in an interactive map.

The 15 global finalists will be flown to Google Headquarters in California for the final round of judging on July 23. The judges include three National Geographic Explorers: Albert Lin, ocean legend Sylvia Earle, and alternative energy innovator T.H. Culhane. Other judges hail from Google, CERN, and other highly esteemed organizations.

Prizes for the big winners include an NG trip to the Galápagos Islands, opportunities to work hands-on at CERN, LEGO, and Google, a $50,000 scholarship and more.

While the young innovators and researchers have been hard at work for months on their projects, it all comes down to a few thrilling days now. Join Albert Lin for the live Google+ Hangout Wednesday, as he kicks it all off, making the announcement that will bring a few promising young scientists one step closer to being named Google Science Fair champion.

Andrew Howley is a longtime contributor to the National Geographic blog, with a particular focus on archaeology and paleoanthropology generally, and ancient rock art in particular. He is currently beginning a new role as communications director at Adventure Scientists, founded by Nat Geo Explorer Gregg Treinish.Over 11 years at the National Geographic Society, Andrew worked in various ways to share the stories of NG explorers and grantees online. He also produced the Home Page of nationalgeographic.com for several years, and helped manage the Society's Facebook page during its breakout year of 2010.He studied Anthropology with a focus on Archaeology from the College of William & Mary in Virginia. He has covered expeditions with NG Explorers-in-Residence Mike Fay, Enric Sala, and Lee Berger. His personal interests include painting, running, and reading about history.

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