First-ever grand-prize winner Shree Bose visited CERN last year (Image: CERN)
Today marks the start of the third annual Google Science Fair, in partnership with CERN, National Geographic, LEGO and Scientific American. The Google Science Fair is the largest online science fair in the world. It is an international competition that encourages students between the ages of 13 to 18 all over the world to perform science experiments or create engineering projects to submit online, in order to compete for prizes, scholarships and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
CERN, in collaboration with Fermilab, is offering the prize of experiencing a week as an international particle physicist, shadowing a physicist mentor at Fermilab and then travelling with their mentor to CERN.
“This is the second year that I have been asked to judge at the Google Science Fair,” says Steve Myers, director of accelerators and technology at CERN. “Last year I was greatly impressed by the quality of the projects and it is gratifying to see that the number of participants is growing each year. I am very excited about this year's fair, and am looking forward to seeing more young scientists from even more regions around the world showing us how their ideas can make the world a better place to live in.”
The projects of previous winners tackled cancer diagnosis and treatment, more efficient farming methods and the natural world.
The competition is open until 30 April. Interested students and teachers should visit the Google Science Fair website.
Please note that the competition is not open to the relatives of employees of CERN, Fermilab or Google.