Science Fair
Recognising young scientists across the globe

Background

Think Google and you think cutting-edge technological innovation. Their focus on science and technology led them to consider how they might support the next generation of innovators through an online science competition, and in 2010 they approached EdComs to conduct research to test this idea with teachers around the world and help them shape the concept.

Run annually since then, the Google Science Fair is a global, online competition that encourages students between the ages of 13 to 18 to perform science experiments or create engineering projects to compete for prizes, scholarships and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

What we’ve done

We designed and have managed the judging for the competition ever since launch in 2011. The system allows judges from all disciplines, recruited by us, to assess thousands of entries in 15 languages. Each year we moderate the final judging session of the top 15 entries at the Googleplex in Mountain View, California, wrangling a panel of illustrious judges from around the world who have included Nobel Prize winners and one of the founding fathers of the internet and chief internet evangelist at Google, Vint Cerf.

We advise Google on how to reach students, teachers and educational organisations to promote the Fair and support and mentor entrants via an online forum and live Google Hangouts, which also build ‘buzz’ around the competition.

The remarkable team which won the 2014 Google Science Fair are three 15 year olds from Kinsale, Ireland. The team have treated crop seeds with a naturally-occurring bacteria, resulting in dramatically increased yield.

Impact

  • Built a trusted network of global science teachers and professionals
  • Supported thousands of students in developing and submitting their science projects
  • Developed a robust judging process, identifying the cream of young talent
  • Through the fair as a whole, a generation of young scientists and engineers around the world are engaged in practical projects with genuine impact

“EdComs has supported the Google Science Fair since it first launched in 2011 and their passion and enthusiasm for education is clear. The judging framework they created has helped us to identify some of the world’s most talented young scientists.”

Education Programs Lead, Google

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