New for 2015! Read about all of the new awards for science projects in different categories including engineering, natural sciences and more. Don't forget to check out the Incubator award and the Inspiring Educator award too.

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 listed below.

Grand Prize

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The Grand Prize winner will receive $50,000 in scholarship funding.

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.

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The finalist prizes

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

Prizes for the finalists include:

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

A free 12-month subscription to Scientific American magazine, in both print and digital

+ National Geographic subscription

A free 12-month subscription.

+ A Google Goodie Bag
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The Scientific American Innovator Award

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The Scientific American Innovator Award honors a project in the pure sciences.

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.

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The Google Technologist Award

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The Google Technologist Award celebrates a project which has the potential to change the world, through outstanding and innovative work in the field of computer science and/or math.

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.

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The National Geographic Explorer Award

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The National Geographic Explorer Award honors a project in the natural sciences.

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.

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The LEGO Education Builder Award

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The LEGO Education Builder Award honors a student who uses an innovative, hands-on approach to solve some of the greatest engineering challenges.

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.

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The Virgin Galactic Pioneer Award

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The Virgin Galactic Pioneer award honors a project in the area of space and physics.

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.

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The Community Impact Award

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The Community Impact Award honors a project that makes a practical difference in his or her community by addressing an environmental, health or resources challenge. To help develop their project, the winner will be awarded $10,000 in funding and a year-long mentorship from Scientific American.

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The Incubator Award

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The Incubator award celebrates a student between the ages of 13 and 15 whose project shows extraordinary promise in a field of science.

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

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The Inspiring Educator Award

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The Inspiring Educator Award honors the contributions of one outstanding educator who goes above and beyond to encourage their students to achieve great things.

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

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