It’s up to you, dear reader, to select the next big innovator in science. The results of the preliminary round of the first-ever Google Science Fair competition are out and 60 semi-finalists have been chosen from thousands. Google claims to have received over 7500 entries from over 10000 students from across the globe. The public is now free to vote for these sixty semi-finalists.
The grounds for selection included creativity, resourcefulness, scientific merit and, importantly, relevance to society, both on a local as well as on a global level. The topics for the various projects ranged from innovative ways to solve the energy crisis from solar to oceanic energy harnessing to algorithms on auto-pilot modes of aircrafts, cancer treatment and algorithms for music analysis.
Voting opened today and will be open till the 20th of May. There are three age groups 13 to 14, 15 to 16 and 17 to 18 in which voting is being conducted. The People’s Choice winner, to be declared on 23rd May, will take home a $10,000 scholarship. The top 15 finalists will be flown to Google’s headquarters for final judging by a panel of distinguished scientists and innovators. This will be accompanied by a celebration party.
You can sign up for the science fair in 2012, so as to receive a notification when it is announced.
Do vote for your favorite candidate. You never know where the future Einstein might be hiding.