The annual Google Science Fair is back, bringing together the biggest ideas and the greatest experiments from young people all around the world, and you are invited to be a part of it.
(Well, as long as you’re between the ages of 13 and 18 and mildly interested in advancing human knowledge and maybe winning a spot on a National Geographic Expedition to the Galápagos Islands.)
Starting today, you can register, create your project page, and begin your path to exploration and discovery.
National Geographic has been a major partner of the Google Science Fair all five years, and this year, we’re proud to announce that the National Geographic Explorer Award (including the Galápagos trip) will go to the top project in the categories of earth and environmental sciences, flora and fauna, and food sciences.
In previous years, young scientists have competed in these categories with projects trying to reduce the carcinogens in grilled chicken, creating new models for anticipating the impact of dams on wildlife, enhancing solar cells, improving crop yields, and finding greener ways to clean our water (see all previous winners).
Also returning this year is judge and NG Explorer TH Culhane, whose own unbounded energy propels him to develop and spread the word about smart, practical, clean, and sustainable energy production projects in cities everywhere. With his passion for invention, music, education, and creativity being channeled through his incredible enthusiasm and humor, TH is the living embodiment of the thrill that science can bring.
In the coming weeks, Google will be hosing weekly live video Hangouts with GSF team members, NG Explorers and more, including TH Culhane on February 27, and Birgit Buhleier, frequent NG Galápagos Expedition expert, and Crittercam developer on March 6.
TH and Birgit have tried a lot of crazy ideas in their lives. Penty have gone bust, and and a few of them have paid off in big ways—for animals, for communities, for all of us, and for them personally. Science is all about not knowing what will happen until you try out your idea.
So what will you try?