This morning, the company announced its first worldwide science fair for students between the ages of 13 and 18. Students can participate from anywhere by posting a write-up of their project on the Internet (Google got one high school senior from Oregon to create an example). In its announcement, Google says it hopes this project will encourage talented young scientists to pursue their ideas:
In 1996, two young computer science students, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, had a hypothesis that there was a better way to find information on the web. They did their research, tested their theories and built a search engine which (eventually) changed the way people found information online. Larry and Sergey were fortunate to be able to get their idea in front of lots of people. But how many ideas are lost because people don’t have the right forum for their talents to be discovered?
This science fair sounds fancier than your average high school competition–prizes include a trip to the Galapagos and a jaunt to the physics mecca, CERN. We’ll be keeping an eye on the contest as it progresses to the final round of judging in July, which will take place at Google headquarters. See the science fair’s official site for info on how to enter and more.
As a goofy celebration of the inaugural event, Google commissioned a delightful Rube Goldberg machine from Syyn Labs, the same fine folks who made OK Go’s extravagant Rube Goldberg contraption.
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