Google's Science Fair

This morning (9 am EST, 11 Jan 2011) Google will be announcing its global, web-based Science Fair "Google is looking for the brightest, best young scientists from around the world to submit interesting, creative projects that are relevant to the world today."  CERN, Lego, National Geographic, and Scientific American (which all have education activities of their own) are partners in this event.

Here's the teaser:

Here's how to enter:

Participants must be between the ages of 13 and 18 years old, so that lets us out - we're a Primary School.

But I think this Science Fair will offer a very exciting model of how students, teams, and classes might collaborate through the Internet, regardless of  age or subject areas.  While you watch the second video, "Google Science Fair: How to enter", you'l hear what is expected of participants:
  • Participants can work alone, or in a team of 2 or 3
  • Participants must have parents' or guardian's written permission
  • Participants will create a project web site which can be shared with your team
  • The project must include photos, spreadsheets, and video or slides
  • Participants should make their project site "as robust and interesting as it can be"
There are many projects on the web in which students and classes participate together, across the globe, not least among them the Flat Classroom Project. It will be interesting to see how the Science Fair develops - it isn't really a collaborative project in the sense that all the participants are working together on a common goal, other than to present an expo. But the idea of many small teams, working through the Internet, within a common format, will be pulled together by platforms that can be seen by anyone in the world, is a powerful vision.

Follow developments on  Google's Science Fair Channel on YouTube and the Science Fair website.