Google is continuing to encourage students to create and come up with new ideas, with the launch of its 5th annual science fair today. A global competition, the fair is open to any student between the ages of 13 and 18.
As an incentive, Google and its partners are offering some incredible prices, ranging from a $100,000 scholarship, a National Geographic Expedition to the Galapagos, a visit to the Lego designers in Denmark, and a tour of Virgin Galactic.
From today until the 18th May 2015, individuals and teams can submit their project to the fair for judging. Projects can be on practically any science, including biology and natural sciences, to computer science and electrical engineering. Finalists will be flown to the Googleplex in Mountain View for the final, which takes place on the 21st September 2015, with the winners awarded the prizes on offer.
Every year thousands of entries come in, with people taking part in more than 90 countries world-wide, making this the biggest science fair of its type. This year Google’s hoping for even more, with two distinct themes aiming to drive submissions: “It’s your turn to change the world” and “What will you try?”.
Previous years have been a big success, with a huge range of different projects, including Ann Makosinski, who created a torch powered by the heat of your hand; Daniela Lee and Sadhika Malladi, who came up with a non-invasive way of testing for cancer; and Vinay Lyengar, who came up with a faster algorithm for encryption. You can check out all of the previous years’ finalists.