Google Science Fair 2013
"We're looking for the next generation of scientists and engineers. We're looking for ideas that will change the world."
Today's, January 30th, Google Science Fair 2013 has launched online! The competition is focused on finding the brightest and most revolutionary teenagers.
Google Science Fair is an international, online science and technology competition that encourages the next generation to be curious, ask questions, and perform science experiments to change the world.
Students have some time to register and submitt in-depth investigation of a question or engineering problem, using a sound scientific method or engineering process.
They can register through the Google Science Fair website, although they will also need the consent of a guardian (parents or guardians).
Teachers can play a crucial role as mentors and partners to young scientists, offering practical advice on their projects, but also inspiring them on their journeys of exploration and discovery.
As educators, we know how curious and creative are our students. So let us involved and start to work on it on our lessons.
Ages: 13 to 18
Google present some good ideas to offer support to our students:
- Sharing biographies of young scientific innovators throughout history. For example Marie Curie, Jules Verne (writer, a true inventor and visionary in his time);
- Checking stories out of sicence heroes who changed the world at at young age here; Ada Lovelace is among these stories. Girls in Science, remember?
- Watching videos from the previous competions here;
- Reminding students to get permission to participate from their parents or guardians;
- Guiding them through using scientific method to talk through and implement their ideas;
- Helping them find information and any specialized equipment they might need. Visit Student Resources here;
- Checking in regularly to make sure they're on track to meet the submission deadline (no procrastinating!). Visit Experiment Guidelines (what to and what to avoid) here;
You can help keep sutdents on track as they work on their projects by sending them to the Student Pack: a self-help guide that offers explanations of science terms (like hypothesis and variables), and some practice questions so they can work through important concepts and then check their answers at the end.
The youngest must have some tutoring on Student Pack.
If you need some guidelines, there are lesson plans that you can use to get your students started, and tips on getting them involved - and excited.
Parents also have a section help on the website here.
" It's your turn to change the world. Make sure you register."