Google gives students a chance to 'change the world'

Posted at 02/16/14 8:37 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Google on Friday said it is accepting submissions for the Google Science Fair, which gives students the chance to explore their interest in science and technology.

The science fair, considered the largest in the world, also opens doors for students to take a shot at changing the world with their science experiment with this year’s theme “It’s your turn to change the world.”

The science fair will be awarding the Computer Science Award to a project that champions innovation and excellence in the field of computer science.

A local award will also be given to projects that try to address an issue relevant to their community.

The competition is open to students between ages 13 and 18.

“In a world driven forward by science and technology, it’s important to celebrate the talent of our next generation of scientists and engineers,” said Gail Tan, Google Philippines Country Communications Manager.

“We want to spark strong interest and motion in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics because these fields shape the state of our world,” Tan added.

Entries may be submitted until May 12, with 90 regional finalists (30 finalists from each region of the world: Asia Pacific; Europe, the Middle East and Africa; and the Americas), Science in Action finalists and Local Award winners to be announced on June 26.

The winners will be named on September 22, 2014.

The grand prize includes a 10-day trip to the Galapagos Islands with National Geographic Expeditions, a one-of-a-kind experience at the Virgin Galactic Spaceport, and $50,000 in scholarship funding.