The World’s Newest Batch of Brilliance

These are just a few of the dozens of projects to make it to the finals. Click the image to explore them all. (Image courtesy Google Science Fair)

Every year, clever young minds from around the world enter the Google Science Fair to push themselves, run their ideas to ground, help humanity, and compete from some amazing prizes.

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 a Charles-Darwin-worthy Galápagos trip) will go to the top project in the categories of earth and environmental sciences, flora and fauna, and food sciences.

This year’s entry period began back in February and has now reached fever pitch as the finalists’ projects have been announced, and the awards are about to be presented.

Tune in to the live stream at 7 PM EDT, Monday, September 21, 2015 to see which ones come out on top.

TH Culhane has been a GSF judge every year since the fair began. (Photo by Colby Bishop)
National Geographic Emerging Explorer TH Culhane has been a GSF judge every year since the fair began. (Photo by Colby Bishop)

In the mean time, explore the projects from concept to blueprint to final execution, and get to know the young students of today who just may be the scientific leaders of tomorrow.

Explore the Finalists’ Projects

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Meet the Author
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 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.