About the Google Science Fair

It’s an online science competition, open to students between the ages of 13 and 18 from around the world. The competition is closed for now, but you can learn more about our finalists and winners by signing-up for our Science Fair newsletter!

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

Every project that addresses one of these challenges will be considered for this local award. You don’t have to submit your project any differently to be eligible.

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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.

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Check out the Previous Years section to view the projects of previous finalists.

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Judging

Read carefully through the Judging section.

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First there’s the preliminary judging (to choose 100 regional finalists), when the judges will concentrate on these sections:

  • Question/Proposal
  • Method / Testing and redesign
  • Results
  • Conclusion/Report

All sections of the high-scoring entries will be reviewed by experts before a spot in the regional finals (the top 100) is confirmed.

The 100 regional finalists are made up of the 25 highest-scoring entries in each of the 4 prize categories from three regions: The Americas, Europe, Africa and Middle East, and Asia Pacific.

To choose the 16 Global Finalists, field experts do a further, more comprehensive review of the highest-scoring entries.

The last step is the final judging, to select the 4 category winners and the Grand Prize winner.
At this event, at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, the judges will review all sections of the finalists’ project sites and watch them present their work.

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For the first and second rounds of judging, the panel will comprise researchers, practicing scientists and university professors. At the finalist judging event in September 2016, the panel will be science luminaries and tech innovators. For more details, please visit our Judges page.

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The judges will identify entries that meet the Scientific American Innovator Award criteria during the normal judging process. The top-scoring eligible entries will make up part of the 16 finalists and will present to the judging panel at the final event in Mountain View, California.

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The judges will identify entries that meet the LEGO Education Builder Award criteria during the normal judging process. The top-scoring eligible entries will make up part of the 16 finalists and will present to the judging panel at the final event in Mountain View, California.

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The judges will identify entries that meet the National Geographic Explorer Award criteria during the normal judging process. The top-scoring eligible entries will make up part of the 16 finalists and will present to the judging panel at the final event in Mountain View, California.

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The judges will identify entries that meet the Virgin Galactic Pioneer Award criteria during the normal judging process. The top-scoring eligible entries will make up part of the 16 finalists and will present to the judging panel at the final event in Mountain View, California.

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The Inspiring Educator Award honors a teacher of one of the 16 global finalists, who has inspired their student to pursue their project. The nominations will come from the finalists and the winner will be decided following finalist interviews, prior to the final event.

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Teacher FAQ

Inspiring your student to question the world around her shouldn't end just because the competition is closed! Take a look at our lesson plans and idea toolkits to encourage your students to answer some of the world's largest challenges with science and math.

Don't forget to sign-up for our newsletter to hear updates about this year's inspiring finalists and next year's competition!

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