Google Science Fair 2013

30 September 2013

Google Science Fair 2013 (GSF2103) launched on 30 January 2013. Google Science Fair is an extraordinary online competition which allows budding young scientists, from right across the globe, to submit ideas that will change the world. It’s a huge affair with thousands of entries in 14 languages and a to-die-for final event in California, plus astonishing prizes. EdComs has played a central role to its delivery in 2013.

For the first three months of 2013, 13 to 18 year old students from around the world worked on completing and submitting their science projects. Supported by EdComs, entrants submitted through an online forum and regular Google Hangouts on Air. We also created a global network of science teachers and scientific bodies to promote Google Science Fair 2013 (GSF2103) to global practitioner and stakeholder audiences.

EdComs assigned the thousands of entries to a panel of science professionals across the globe, who specialised in GSF topics and spoke at least two of the 14 languages in which the entrants could submit.

By June, EdComs had narrowed down thousands of entries to just 90 regional finalists and the semi-final judges selected 15 finalists. Hannah, Bryony and Andrew from EdComs flew over to Google’s headquarters, the ‘Googleplex’, in Mountain View, California at the end of the September, to help chair the final judging process. On 23 September, the finalists gathered at the GSF2013 Gala Awards to hear the results.

The age category winners received $25,000 scholarship fund, an experience at Google, Lego or CERN and Google goodies. The Grand Prize Winner was also awarded an additional $25,000 and a trip to the Galapagos Islands with National Geographic. The winners were:

  • Age 13-14: Viney Kumar’s app for detecting emergency response vehicles
  • Age 15-16: Ann Makosinski’s hollow flashlight
  • Age 17-18: Eric Chen’s anti-flu medicine. Eric also won the Grand Prize.

Scientific American awarded their Science in Action prize of $50,000 and a year’s mentorship to Elif Bilgin, from Turkey. This award honours a project that makes a practical difference by addressing an environmental, health or resources challenge – Elif found a new way of developing bio-plastics through banana peels. Elif was also awarded the Voter’s Choice Award of $10,000, which the public voted for through the website.

Read more about the winners and their projects here.

Find out more about EdComs’ work with Google Science Fair.

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