How to Enter the Google 2015 Science Fair

By Vince Matthews

Google has opened its annual Science Fair for entries. Any student 13 to 18 years old can enter the competition and prizes include $100,000 scholarships and a personalized tour of Virgin Galactic’s amazing new spacecraft.

Google encourages young inventors to use their imaginations to solve problems both big and small.

The Google Science Fair is run in partnership with LEGO® Education, National Geographic, Scientific American and Virgin Galactic. The competition, now in its fifth year, gives students a chance to show off their creative skills – and how their imaginations can solve problems both big and small.

Past competitions have shown off impressive future-thinking: like wearable tech that monitors an elderly person with Alzheimer’s so they are getting the care they need. One young inventor created a exoskeletal glove to help her grandmother with arthritis get a better grip on household items.

The event showcases just how creative and innovative today’s young minds are, but more importantly, that we’re only limited by our imaginations.

Deadline for submissions is May 19th, with regional finalists announced on July 2nd and global finalists announced on August 3rd. Google will host a live event on September 21, 2015, to announce the winners.

Ideas Spring to Life
Google has made it easy to get started. The Google Science Fair site offers a ton of great resources like project hints and ways to kick-start ideas. Students not only get a chance to create something amazing and learn about their topic, but they discover new skills along the way.

The Idea Springboard can help jump-start an idea. All students have to do is fill in the blanks.

Stuck for an idea? Students can use the Google Idea Springboard to figure out what they love creating and how they they can turn that passion into a science project – a lot like DMA encourages students to develop interests in STEM subjects.

Creating the Future
It doesn’t matter if you like to build and program robots or want to learn how to become an electrical engineer. Every great innovator or inventor started somewhere.

Speaking of starting somewhere, if you want to get started this summer investigating science or any other STEM-related subject, Digital Media Academy has more than 70 courses that cover everything from robotics to computer programming, and everything in-between.

Get started creating and crafting the future now.