We first reported about the ongoing Google Science Fair 2013 competition in March this year. Now, months later, Google has finally come up with its list of 90 regional finalists for the competition, as per an official post.
Google has claimed to have received thousands of submissions from students from 120 countries for its competition, and India has emerged as one of the top contributors this year – 11 of these 90 finalists are Indian students aged between 13-14 years of age. “It was no easy task selecting these projects, but in the end their creativity, scientific merit and global relevance shined through. This year’s finalists projects range from using banana peels to produce bioplastics to research into a green treatment for contaminated water. Other projects include a study on the effects of video gaming on the cognitive function of the brain and the evaluation of wireless transmission of electricity,” the post reads.
List of regional finalists out
Click here to see the interesting entries from India and from students around the world. One very interesting one that we came across – Spicy Solution for Cancer By Traditional Spices – delved into the power in spices like turmeric, garlic to cure a deadly disease like cancer.
Later this month, i.e., on June 27, Google will announce the names of its 15 global finalists and the winner of the Science in Action Award. The winners will be then flown to Google’s California headquarters for the last round of judging and a celebratory event on September 23.
Like it is now, the fair saw some interesting experiments last year too. Google Science Fair 2012's 15-16 Age Group winners Iván Hervías Rodríguez, Marcos Ochoa and Sergio Pascual unearthed a hidden world. As baffling it may sound, the trio discovered a world that was inhabited with many microorganisms living in water. Their observations over the years have led them to understand how the microorganisms affect our world. Naomi, a 2011 Google Science Fair winner from Oregon USA, showed how science is important to her and what led her to delve deeper into the effects of pollutants on allergies.
The Grand Prize package is a National Geographic expedition to the Galápagos. It is a 10-day adventure to Darwin's living laboratory, the Galápagos Archipelago. There is a $50,000 scholarship from Google too. Age category winners can win an experience at CERN, Switzerland and Fermilab, USA, and may even get to spend three days at Google's engineering office, where they will be given a tour, get a chance to participate in workshops and be a part of hands-on work.
You can also win a behind-the-scenes tour of LEGO's factory in Denmark or a LEGO MINDSTORMS set, which will be signed by LEGO's CEO, owner and the LEGO MINDSTORMS design team. Winners can also get $50,000 in funding and a year of mentoring, sponsored by Scientific American.