Celebrate the Brightest Young Minds in the World

With 7 billion people on the planet, that makes for 7,000 who are “one-in-a-million.” You’re about to meet 15 of them.

These 15 young science enthusiasts rose above a field of thousands of entrants from 120 different countries to make it to the finals of this year’s Google Science Fair.

For the third year in a row, National Geographic is proud to be a part of the Google Science Fair, a worldwide competition for young thinkers, makers, and doers. For months they’ve been planning, working, and competing, getting ready for this weekend’s finals. Dig in to the official projects pages and see what “kids these days” are really getting up to.

NG Explorers T.H. Culhane and Zeb Hogan are on the panel of judges, the Grand Prize winner gets to join a National Geographic Expedition to the Galápagos, and all 15 finalists receive a one-year subscription to National Geographic Magazine.

National Geographic Explorer and Google Science Fair judge Albert Lin congratulates the 2012 winners. (Photo by Colby Bishop/NGS)

Writing about his experience as a judge last year, T.H. said, “The privilege [of being a Google Science Fair judge] comes from having a ringside seat to a sincere spectacle of hope performed by young people from around the planet. The privilege comes from being able to interact with these young researchers, innovators and inventors whose earnest endeavors in engineering and science are on display in the large Google Science Fair hall for the edification of the public.” (Read T.H.’s whole blog post.)

In the video below, see what last year’s Grand Prize Winner, Brittany Wenger encountered on her expedition.

This year’s contest is sure to hold as many surprises, wonders, and inspirational moments as in previous years. You too can be a part of the excitement by tuning in to the awards gala, live on Monday, September 23 at 7PM PST.

Stay tuned, you might just see the world’s next super genius. Or mad scientist. Either way, you don’t want to miss it.

Try for Yourself

Watch T.H. Culhane Talk You Through Simple Experiments at Home

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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. In 2018 he became 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. You can follow him on Twitter @anderhowl and on Instagram @andrewjhowley.