It’s time to get the young minds of the world fired up again – the annual Google Science Fair is kicking off. Students ages 13 to 18 can start sending in their ideas for how to solve global – and local – issues that are most important to them.
From now until May 12, students can send in their ideas to Google – no prototypes necessary, just the outline of the idea and an Internet connection. However, it’s not just a grand prize up for grabs this year. Google is introducing two new prizes – the Computer Science Award and Local Award Winners. There will be several Local Award Winners, who will be honored for trying to tackle specific problems facing their communities.
The grand prize winner will get to meet the Virgin Galactic team at Spaceport America in New Mexico, who are preparing for Virgin Galactic’s first commercial space flight sometime during the latter half of this year. The winner will also be there to greet the crew when they return, and will get to hop aboard the the National Geographic Endeavour as it travels to the Galapagos Islands for a 10-day trip. A one-year subscription to Scientific American for the winner’s entire school will also be thrown in. Not a bad haul.
There will also be prizes for winners in each age category, and an award specifically from Scientific American which will come with a $50,000 grant to go towards realizing the student’s idea. All of the winners will be announced at Mountain View on September 22.