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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PT is the timezone of Google Headquarters in Mountain View, CA. If you are in London, for example, submissions are due at 07:59 BST on 18 May, 2016. Try this handy time zone calculator to find out what time submissions close in your time zone.

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

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That’s easy. Students can sign up starting on February 21 2016 visiting googlesciencefair.com, and clicking the Register button. For more info, just visit the Before You Start page.

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You can enter on your own, or in a team of two or three. If you’re entering in a team, you can all sign up individually, but you’ll need to link your dashboards together so you can all work on the same project. One team member sends the unique Team Code, which everyone has on their dashboard, to the other team members (if your teammate hasn’t received an invite you’ve sent, ask them to check their junk/spam box). The other team members can enter this code either when they register, or on their project dashboard if they’ve already registered. Once they’ve done this, any work that they’ve done on their own project will be lost.

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That’s fine. Everyone has a Team Code that can be found on their dashboard. If you enter your friend’s Team Code on your dashboard, your project will be deleted, and when you log in you’ll see theirs instead, which you’ll now be able to work on together. If you’ve already started work on your own project before joining your friend’s team, make sure you make a copy of any work that you want to keep.

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If a member wishes to leave a team they can do this through the team section of the project dashboard. Just remember that the removed team member will have their project cleared and any contributions made will remain with the other team members.

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Entry and Registration

Yes. An account is required for registering and creating your project site. If you don’t have one, don’t worry: you can create one right now by clicking on this link. Follow just a few simple steps and you’re off.

Once you’ve registered your Google Account you can sign up here.

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No! The Google Science Fair is free for everyone.

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This competition is open to full-time and home-schooled students around the world, between ages of 13 and 18 (these ages are slightly different in a few countries like Israel, South Korea and a few countries in Europe. See Official Rules for more details. Students can register on their own, or as teams of up to three. See Official Rules for restrictions about eligibility, including some countries where students are prohibited by law to enter the competition

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Yes, there are two age groups, 13-15 and 16-18.

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Sorry, we can’t. (Just trying to make things fair for everyone.) Don’t fret, though--you can start brainstorming ideas for a project next year. We hope you will. But remember, if you are 12 when the competition launches, on February 21st, then you can’t enter, but if you turn 13 between then and the closing date, then you can enter - you just can’t sign up until you’re 13.

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It’s based on the age of the oldest member of your team. So in this case, you would be judged in the 16 to 18 category.

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You’ll be placed in a category based on your age or the age of the oldest team member on 21 February 2016.

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Yes, that’s fine. As long as you are 18 on 21 February 2016, you can enter.

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Good news: you don’t have to be in the same school, or even the same country. Because this competition is online, you can work on your project collaboratively.

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Sorry, no matter how many brilliant ideas you have, we can accept only one submission from each student--either your own project, or as part of a team.

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No problem. You won’t have to register again, and you can change your project category at any time on your project dashboard.

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Just log in at www.googlesciencefair.com to check the status of the consent form on your dashboard (it will be green if you have it or red if you don’t). Meanwhile, you can keep toiling away on your project!

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Just enter your parent or guardian’s email address on your project dashboard. They’ll receive an email from Google, which they’ll need to respond to before you can submit your project.

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If your parent or guardian doesn’t have an email address, that’s okay. You can print out and complete this form, then

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  • scan it and email it to gsfparentalconsent@gmail.com by 17 May 2016.
  • fax it to +44 (0)20 7401 4001 by 17 May 2016
  • post it to Google Science Fair 2016, EdComs, Capital Tower, 91 Waterloo Road, London, SE1 8RT ENGLAND to arrive by May 17, 2016 (be sure to check how long it will take to post to England from your country).
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Your Google Science Fair account can be deleted from the ‘Your Details’ section within the project Dashboard.

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The judges will consider all projects that follow the scientific method for this award. You won’t need to enter separately.

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The judges will consider all projects that follow the scientific method for this award. You won’t need to enter separately.

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The judges will consider all engineering projects for this award. You won’t need to enter separately.

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The judges will consider all engineering projects for this award. You won’t need to enter separately.

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A local judging panel (for each of the five regions) will review all submissions that are eligible for the award.

Please see the official rules for more information about how these awards are chosen.

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My Project

Now it’s time to plan and carry out your project, and write up your results. We’d like to support you along the way, so we’ve compiled a bunch of resources to help you brainstorm, plan, and execute your project. Whenever you’re ready to create your submission site, check out the Building Your Project Site page.

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If you’re looking for some project inspiration, the Make Better Generator is a search tool to come up with resources to help you make anything better. You can use the tool to find ideas by combining what you love, with what you’re good at and something that you want to make better.

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It’s an in-depth investigation of a science question or engineering problem using a sound scientific method or engineering process.

Your project is entirely online! Before you start, check out the For Participants section for all the details of how to create your project

Be sure to read the Official Rules carefully, because certain kinds of projects may not be allowed.

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There’s lots of answers to this question, but for the purpose of this competition, all projects that involve a hypothesis and test are experimental (or science) projects. All projects that use research and prototypes to build something are considered engineering projects.

All experimental projects are eligible to win either the Scientific American Innovator Award or the National Geographic Explorer Award.

All engineering projects are eligible to win the LEGO Education Builder Award or the Virgin Galactic Pioneer Award.

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That’s a great question. Go to the Building Your Project Site page for information on what to include. You might also want to visit the Judging page to see the criteria judges will use to evaluate your work.

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You might decide to add more YouTube videos, images, Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides, but there’s no guarantee that the judges will look at supporting content.

Also, make sure that the Share settings are set to “Public” so that the judges will be able to see all your work.

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No, you don’t. But we strongly recommend that you do. It will really help bring your work to life for the judges.

If you decide to submit a video, document, or presentation as part of your Summary section, please use YouTube or Google Drive apps (Docs, Sheets, Slides). Other file formats will not be accepted. Remember that you need to include a text summary, too. That way the judges can still score your work, even if they have trouble accessing your video or presentation.

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No longer than two minutes. It should provide a brief, clear overview of the question you’re investigating, the stages of your project, what you hoped to achieve, and how far you succeeded. For more info, Building Your Project Site page or visit the Google Science Fair Help Forum.

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No more than 20 slides long. It should provide an overview of the question you’re investigating, the stages of your project, what you hoped to achieve, and how far you succeeded. Don’t forget that this needs to be a Google Slides presentation - other formats will not accepted for judging. For more info, Building Your Project Site page or visit the Google Science Fair Help Forum.

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You can include one or the other, but not both. Sorry! But in other sections of your site, you can include films or presentations as additional content.

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To upload your video, click the Upload link at the top of any YouTube page.

Click the Upload video button to browse for the video file of your project summary. Select the file you want to upload and click Select files from your computer.

As the video file is uploading, enter as much information about your video as possible in the relevant fields (including Title, Description, Tags, and Category). You’re not required to provide specific information, but the more information you include, the easier it is for users to find your video! And be sure to set your video as publicly viewable.

Click the Save changes button to save the updates you’ve made to the video file.
Tip: Once you’ve uploaded a video, you can adjust it using the YouTube Video Editor. The Video Editor is a free tool in your YouTube Account which allows you to edit various clips and produce an entirely new edited video. For more detailed information about editing your video with YouTube, check out this article in the YouTube Help Center.

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In your project summary, you may want to include a presentation or video (remember - no music or logos are allowed). Here’s how.

To add Google Slides, Docs or Sheets into your project:

  1. Create a presentation, document, or spreadsheet in Google Slides, Docs, or Sheets. This must be done from the same Google account you’ve used to register for Google Science Fair.
  2. From within the document that you want to share, select the blue Share button.
  3. Your document will be marked as private by default. You must change access to public for the judges to see your file. Do this by selecting Change from within the sharing settings and select Public on the web.
  4. Visit your project Dashboard and select the section where you want to add the presentation, document, or spreadsheet.
  5. Click the red ‘Add Media’ button at the top right of the text editor.
  6. When the new window loads, select the presentation, document or spreadsheet. Any documents from Google Slides, Docs or Sheets will load in the ‘Documents’ section on the left. Note: if you don’t see your document, verify that your Google Science Fair account is the same account that owns the document you want to include.

To add a video into your project:

  1. Upload your video to YouTube via the same account you’ve used to register for Google Science Fair.
  2. Ensure that your video is marked as ‘Public’.
  3. Visit your project Dashboard and select the section where you want to add the presentation, document, or spreadsheet.
  4. Click the red ‘Add Media’ button at the top right of the text editor.
  5. When the new window loads, select the YouTube video. Any YouTube videos will load under the ‘Your YouTube Videos’ section on the left of the window. Note: if you don’t see your video, verify that your Google Science Fair account is the same account that owns the YouTube video you want to include.
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To get started with Google Slides, we recommend you review the Beginner’s Guide which will explain the basics of creating, editing, customizing, inserting, and completing a presentation. There are a couple of key features worth highlighting, to make your presentations clean and powerful.

Important note: your presentation must be publicly viewable. To confirm this, open your presentation in Google Slides, click on Share (top right) and make sure that you choose the setting Public on the web. Make sure your presentation complies with the entry requirements.

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Open your document, click on Share (top right) and make sure that you make it public (it should be defaulted to private when you first create it - just click Change to select Public on the web). Make sure your document complies with the entry requirements.

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The rules about this are pretty strict:

  • You can’t include any music in videos (even if it’s music you composed and played yourself).
  • No logos, trademarks or company names in your project (apart from the Google Science Fair logo, of course).
  • No photos or images created by anyone except you are allowed, even with their permission.
  • You can’t embed any videos created by anyone except you or a team member (but you can link to them in your Bibliography, References and Acknowledgements section).

Please read the rules for more details.

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Well, keep this in mind: your site will be viewable by the public. You might want to share your first name, town, or school name, but don’t include content like your home address or other personal information. Also, please have your parents review this stuff first, just to be on the safe side.

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You can submit entries and supporting documentation in English, German, Italian, Spanish, French, Hebrew, Polish, Japanese, Russian, Korean, or Chinese (zh-CN (simplified mainland) and Taiwan), Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese and Turkish. Google Translate is a free tool you might want to use if you don’t speak any of these languages.

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That’s fine--up to a point. All work has to be completed by you, or by a team of up to three students. Depending on your project, you might need some adult support--for instance, to track down equipment, stay safe, and so on. Just be sure to acknowledge any help you received on the acknowledgements page. Make sure you’re clear about what you did, and what anyone who helped you did.

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Once a project has been saved, it can be previewed by clicking the ‘Preview’ button on any dashboard section, or the dashboard home page. This will open your project site in a new window and show all sections of your project.

In the header section of the project site, a ‘Share it’ button will appear. By clicking ‘Share it’, you will be shown a unique URL for your project site, which they can send on to your teacher or other mentors for feedback. Remember that any help you receive should be limited and explained in depth in the ‘Acknowledgements’ section of your project site.

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You can submit a project that you’ve worked on in the current school year--and in areas such as the southern hemisphere (where schools aren’t in session), projects done during the previous completed school year are okay for entry, too.

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We wouldn’t have it any other way. As long as your topic fits into at least one of these categories, you’re all set:

  • Computer Science & Mathematics
  • Earth & Environmental Sciences
  • Behavioral & Social Sciences
  • Flora & Fauna
  • Energy & Space
  • Inventions & Innovation
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Food Science
  • Electricity and Electronics
  • Robotics
  • Astrophysics
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We don’t want anyone to get hurt, especially not you. There are restrictions on human subjects, animals, biological agents and hazardous materials. Avoid danger! Please refer to the Official Rules for more details on what’s allowed.

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We’re glad you asked. Consult with a teacher, a parent, or another knowledgeable source if you’re unsure about anything. No dangerous stuff allowed, okay? Please refer to the Official Rules.

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Just talk to a teacher or parent. If you’re still not sure, use the Google Science Fair forum to get in touch.

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If a teammate tries to edit a section of your project that you are already editing, they will be able to access the edit screen but will be informed that they are unable to edit as another teammate is currently modifying the section. Once you have saved your changes and gone to another section, the text will update to reflect your last save and your teammate can then continue editing the section.

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The deadline is May 17, 2016 at 11:59 PM PT. Mark your Google calendars and don’t forget to hit the Submit button!

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Judging

Read carefully through the Judging section. You might want to check this section again while completing work on your project, just to make sure that you’ve done what they’re looking for.

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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

So it’s important to make these as impressive as possible. At this stage, the judges may or may not look at other sections, too.

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 will be 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.

Once again, before the Global Finalists (the top 16) are confirmed, a field expert will do a further, more comprehensive review of the highest-scoring entries.

Then there’s the final judging (to select 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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Judging will begin the moment we close submissions on May 17, 2016. We plan to announce the 100 regional finalists in July 2016 and the global finalists in August 2016.

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We don’t know yet, but we can’t wait to find out! There will be 100 regional finalists - 50 from the experimenting categories and 50 from the engineering categories.

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We’re not psychics, but we do have some information about them. There will be 16 global finalists. Eight projects will have followed the scientific method (and include a hypothesis) and eight will have followed the engineering method (and include a prototype).

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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

We’ve designed the Google Science Fair to develop your students’ science skills and support your curriculum. Feel free to use these flexible lesson plans to introduce students to the Fair and guide them toward a relevant and interesting area to explore.

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That’s fine. Students should begin developing each section on paper, or in a word processing program. When they do gain computer access, they’ll be able to quickly transfer each section to their online Project Site. This can be done at school, at home, at a local library, or an Internet cafe.

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  • Talk to your students about copyright-free media, and share information about Creative Commons licensing.
  • Search for images using Google’s Advanced Search, and select usage rights marked “labeled for reuse.”
  • Encourage your students to be creative by using their own photos or videos to bring their project to life - make sure that they are aware they will be disqualified for using any media that they don’t own, even if they have permission.
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Please see our Official Rules.

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  • Consider a community action activity based on the students’ projects. For instance, if a project focused on the reduction of CO2 emissions, students could consider planting trees in their community to offset the related effects.
  • Keep using Google’s collaborative tools to leverage your projects and engage in global partnerships.
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