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Google Science Fair Kicks Off Today

Youth ages 13-18 around the world are invited to participate in the Google Science Fair.
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“Everyone has a question. What’s yours?” That’s the question the Google Science Fair is asking youth around the world to ponder.

Truly anyone ages 13-18 can enter, as it’s an online science competition, and as the competition’s website points out, not all geniuses are A students.

“We welcome all mavericks, square-pegs and everybody who likes to ask questions,” reads the site.

More than 10,000 students from 91 countries answered the call for the first Google Science Fair last year. And the top winners were three American Girls.

Grand prize winner Shree Bose, in the 17-18 age group, won a $50,000 scholarship for discovering a way to improve ovarian cancer treatment for those who have become resistant to chemotherapy drugs. She also won a National Geographic Expeditions trip to the Galapagos Islands and an internship at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research.

The other two finalists—Lauren Hodge in the 13-14 age group and Naomi Shah in the 15-16 age group—were each awarded a $25,000 scholarship and internships at Google and LEGO.

Completed projects must be submitted by April 1, 2012. Visit the Google Science Fair website for competition details and to get started on your project.

And if you’re a Native American student who entered last year or is interested in entering this year, ICTMN would like to hear about your experiences.

To see more videos about the Google Science Fair, including one about how to enter, visit the competition’s YouTube Channel.