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Google Online Science Fair Open for Applications Through May 19

February 21, 2015

Students across Dublin, from elementary school to high school, are preparing for science fairs. Whether it’s to satisfy a course requirement or explore a passion, students are applying the scientific method to a diverse range of real-world problems. Dublin students have faired well in science fairs, from the Alameda County Science and Engineering Fair, to statewide competitions.

Google recently open its 5th annual online science fair for applications, with a wide range of prizes for winning projects. According to Google, “Science is about observing and experimenting. It’s about exploring unanswered questions, solving problems through curiosity, learning as you go and always trying again. Together with LEGO Education, National Geographic, Scientific American and Virgin Galactic, we’re calling on all young researchers, explorers, builders, technologists and inventors to try something ambitious. Something imaginative, or maybe even unimaginable. Something that might just change the world around us.”

Applications can be submitted now through May 18 via Prizes include $100,000 in scholarships and classroom grants from Scientific American and Google, a National Geographic Expedition to the Galapagos, an opportunity to visit LEGO designers at their Denmark headquarters, and the chance to tour Virgin Galactic’s new spaceship at their Mojave Air and Spaceport. There is also an Inspiring Educator, as well as a Community Impact Award honoring a project that addresses an environmental or health challenge.

The 20 finalists, along with a parent or guardian, with travel to Google headquarters in Mountain View, CA to present their project to the judges and compete for all of the awards.

Google Online Science Fair Awards include:

Grand Prize: A scholarship from Google

  • The $50,000 Google scholarship is intended to further the Grand Prize winner’s education. If a team wins the prize, the scholarship’s value will be divided equally among the teammates.

Scientific American Innovator Award

  • Scientific American will give $25,000 in funding and a year’s worth of mentoring to the winner of the Scientific American Innovator Award. These prizes are intended to help the winner continue to develop their project and their education. In addition, the winner’s school will receive digital access to Scientific American magazine Archives for 12 months.

Google Technologist Award

  • The winner will be awarded $25,000 in funding by Google, to help develop their project, along with a year-long mentorship from a Googler in a related field and a visit to their home office.

National Geographic Explorer Award

  • The winner, along with a parent or guardian, will travel on a 10-day National Geographic Expedition to the Galápagos Archipelago, “Darwin’s living laboratory” and home to an abundance of wildlife. Isolated from the mainland for millions of years, these unique islands offer the opportunity to walk among animals unfazed by your presence.
  • Traveling in a Category 2 cabin aboard the National Geographic Endeavour, the winner (and a parent or guardian) will have exciting, up-close encounters with species such as domed giant tortoises, marine iguanas, and flightless cormorants. You’ll go kayaking in secluded coves, where sea lions frolic in the shallows; snorkel amid shimmering fish, sea turtles, penguins, and playful sea lions; and cruise to pristine islands to walk among colonies of animals and birds that have no instinctive fear of humans. Explore with a diverse team of experts—from naturalists to regional specialists—who will share their knowledge and insights on the wildlife, landscapes, and local culture. All in all, a once in a lifetime trip for nature lovers.

LEGO Education Builder Award

  • The winner, along with a parent or guardian, will travel to The LEGO Group headquarters in Billund, Denmark, where the student will meet with LEGO Education employees and designers. The student will tour the LEGO Manufacturing facilities, LEGO Idea House and receive tickets to LEGOLAND Denmark. The winner will also receive a classroom set for their school of the LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 along with curriculum. They will also receive a custom LEGO brick build designed by one of the LEGO Education designers in Billund, Denmark. Additionally, the student will have access to work with a LEGO Education executive for 6 months as a mentor to learn how to launch a business and the art of entrepreneurship.

Virgin Galactic Pioneer Award

  • The award winner will be taken on a tour of Virgin Galactic, Mojave Air and Spaceport in Mojave, California to meet the extraordinary group of engineers turning the Virgin Galactic dream into reality, as well as given the unique opportunity to get acquainted with our new spaceship.

Community Impact Award

  • To help develop their project, the winner will be awarded $10,000 in funding and a year-long mentorship from Scientific American.

Incubator Award

  • The winner will receive $10,000 from Google and year of mentorship to further develop his/her project.

Inspiring Educator Award

  • The winner will receive a $10,000 classroom grant from Google and a $5,000 gift card for educational products from LEGO Education.

The 20 global finalists will receive a variety of exciting prizes.

  • A LEGO Education Goodie Bag including: a LEGO Education backpack, accompanied by one LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 core set, charger and single software license.
  • “Scientific American” subscription
  • National Geographic subscription
  • Google Goodie Bag

For more information on how to apply and details about all award categories visit


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