There has to be a winner among us, don’t you think? There must be a student who has a great Science Fair project from this year. If you are not a Science teacher, please be a talent scout. Students across the country have already finished their science fair projects in most cases, but now it’s time to go global. I had the privilege to work with many science projects this year as we digitize them into Board Builder, but I wanted to make sure I mentioned Google’s gift to education before the pressing deadline of May 12th. Since the work has already been completed, this is a most reasonable deadline. Let’s make sure we announce the contest on morning announcements, in team meetings, in Twitter chats/roll, on Facebook pages, Instagram or anywhere we might get students’ attention. It’s so worth it! This “tuesdays” is a reminder of the power of publishing on a grander scale.
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You’ve got to love Google. They are always up to something good for our students. Google has its own online Science Fair! Google’s Global Science Fair is a full service FREE site for your students to compete on a global level. Just think, if you had some exemplary projects this year, your students can be given an even greater audience than the school and local competitions. Google is looking for the brightest, the best and creative young scientists from around the world who will submit projects that have relevance to the world today. The competition is open to 13-18 year-olds who can work individually, in pairs or up to three on one project. They have even created a dedicated site for students to collaborate on their project and it must follow the standard scientific method. They have all the rules and procedures laid out beautifully in an uncomplicated and concise manner through 7 buttons: Enter, Judging, Prizes, Blog, Socialize, Resources and Teachers. The prizes are pretty sweet. The Grand Prize winner(s) will be going to the Galapagos Islands! Never underestimate your students. Who knows? If they win, you may get to go too!
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Creating projects is something we have all done and truthfully they are them most memorable part of my learning experience as a student and teacher. Anything that I had to make and put into my own words helped me to understand the content and gave me a great sense of accomplishment. If you haven’t tried a digital project with your students in class yet, I would really like to encourage you to consider taking a week to explore this form of learning with the students in any subject. Science Fair projects are one of the greatest experiences because the students still have to go through all the procedures as a backboard project, but instead document their steps digitally through video, images and voice. The best part is that they spend very little money in comparison to a backboard project and have lasting proof of their findings. Teachers also have a great arsenal of learning objects to help other students understand scientific concepts through the voice of their peers.
How do you do that?
How do you enter the Google Global Science Fair? It’s a total online experience that is thorough and well thought out. Students will need to create a Google account and complete a sign up form. Afterward, they will receive a confirmation link to a project submission site. The students plan, conduct and write up the results of the experiment and submit everything by May 10, 2014. The written submission must be accompanied by a 2-minute video or a 20-slide presentation that gives an overview of the project. A panel of teachers will judge all experiments and in May 60 global semi-finalists will then be narrowed down to 15 global finalists in June. These 15 will fly to Google’s HQ in California to present their projects before a panel of Nobel Laureates, tech visionaries and acclaimed scientists. One will be named the Grand Prize Winner and will receive a $50,000 scholarship! Please, please, please let your students know.
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