The theme for this year's competition is "It's your turn to change the world." The Google Science Fair is built on the idea that talent is universal, but opportunity is not. The competition offers an outlet for young scientists anywhere to test novel ideas that could change the world. Because submissions are accepted entirely online, all you need to participate is a sense of curiosity and an Internet connection.
From Jan. 30 through April 30, 2013, students around the world will be able to submit their research projects online in one of 13 different languages. Google is partnering with National Geographic, CERN, Scientific American and LEGO to inspire scientific exploration among the next generation of scientists and engineers, and to unite students around the world in their quest for learning.
In June, Google will announce the 15 global finalists who will be flown to Google's Headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. There will also be a "Science in Action" Award, sponsored by Scientific American, for a project that addresses a social, environmental or health issue to make a practical difference in the lives of a group or community.
In 2012, seventeen year-old Brittany Wenger from Lakewood Ranch, Florida, won the grand prize for computer program she developed that improves doctors' ability to diagnose malignant breast tumors. In 2011, Shree Bose of Fort Worth, Texas, won first place for her research on ovarian cancer.
Each project was just one of the thousands submitted by more than 10,000 students in 90 countries worldwide. In addition to a $50,000 college scholarship, the winner receives a $10,000 grant for their school, a National Geographic Expedition trip to the Galapagos Islands (with a parent or guardian), and a hands-on experience with a Google Science Fair partner organization.
For more information, visit: www.google.com/sciencefair.