We’re extremely lucky to partner with LEGO Education, National Geographic, Scientific American and Virgin Galactic to offer some unbelievable awards.

The projects that have attempted to solve engineering challenges will be eligible to win the Virgin Galactic Pioneer Award or the LEGO® Education Builder Award.

The projects that offer a new way to look at the world, asking questions and answering them with experimentation will be eligible to win the National Geographic Explorer Award or Scientific American Innovator Award.

The 16 global finalists, along with a parent or guardian, will travel to Google headquarters in Mountain View, CA to present their project to the judges and compete for the awards listed above.

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 Scientific American Innovator award honors an outstanding project with an experimental approach to answering some of the greatest questions in our natural world.

The winner will receive:

  • $15,000 educational scholarship.
  • A year-long mentorship.

The winner, along with a parent or guardian, will also take a Scientific American Cruise to one of the fascinating destinations to which we travel. This one-of-a-kind experience includes seminars and discussions with scientists on board. Recent cruises have been to the Panama Canal and the Mediterranean. More information at www.scientificamerican.com/travel.

In addition, the winner’s school will receive digital access to Scientific American magazine Archives for 12 months.

If a team wins the prize, the scholarship’s value will be divided equally among the teammates.

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The National Geographic Explorer Award honors an outstanding project with an experimental approach to answering some of the greatest questions in our natural world.

The winner will receive:

  • $15,000 educational scholarship.
  • A year-long mentorship.

The winner, along with a parent or guardian, will also 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.

If a team wins the prize, the scholarship’s value will be divided equally among the teammates.

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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 will receive:

  • $15,000 educational scholarship.
  • A year-long mentorship.

The winner, along with a parent or guardian, will also 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. They will also receive a custom LEGO brick build designed by one of the LEGO Education designers in Billund, Denmark. The student will also receive a scholarship to further their education as well as have access to work with a LEGO Education executive for one year as a mentor to learn how to launch a business and the art of entrepreneurship.

If a team wins the prize, the scholarship’s value will be divided equally among the teammates.

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The Virgin Galactic Pioneer award honors a student who uses an innovative, hands-on approach to solve some of the greatest engineering challenges.

The winner will receive:

  • $15,000 educational scholarship.
  • A year-long mentorship.

The winner, along with a parent or guardian, will also be taken on a tour of Virgin Galactic, Mojave Air and Space Port 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.

If a team wins the prize, the scholarship’s value will be divided equally among the teammates.

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The Community Impact Awards honor five projects that make a practical difference in his or her community by addressing an environmental, health or resources challenge.

To help develop their project, each winner will be awarded $1,000 in an educational scholarship and a year-long mentorship from a Google Science Fair partner organization. Each winner, along with a parent or guardian, will also be invited to our Global Finalist event in Mountain View, CA in September.

One winner from each of the following regions will be announced during our Regional Finalist announcement:

  • Africa and the Middle East
  • Asia Pacific
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • North America

If a team wins the prize, the scholarship’s value will be divided equally among the teammates.

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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 $5,000 classroom grant and a $5,000 gift card for educational products from LEGO Education.

Meet Mrs. Meydan, the educator who won last year’s Inspiring Educator award.

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The 16 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 Virgin Galactic Goodie Bag

Fun swag from Virgin Galactic

+ A Google Goodie Bag

Fun giveaways from Google

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