Showing posts with label science fair. Show all posts
Showing posts with label science fair. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The 2015 Google Science Fair Is Open

The 2015 Google Science Fair is now open. This annual event asks thirteen to eighteen year old students to carry out a test or experiment on a subject they’re passionate about, and submit their projects online. This year submissions will be accepted in fourteen languages from students all over the world.

To help students develop project ideas the Google Science Fair website offers an idea springboard. The idea springboard asks students to complete the phrases "I love," "I'm good at," and "I want to explore." From the students' responses to these questions the idea springboard generates a collection of videos and websites that could spark project ideas in their minds.

Applications for Education
The Google Science Fair website includes a section for teachers in which you will find lesson plans addressing the topics of how science changes the world and what good science looks like. These lesson plans are designed to guide students in the processes of inquiry and experiment design.

Click here to find complete details about entering the Google Science Fair.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Google Wants to Hear from Teenage Scientists

Google has just opened their third annual science fair for teenagers. This year the Google Science Fair will accept entries in thirteen different languages. Students are challenged to submit their ideas and projects that could change the world.

90 regional finalists will be chosen from entries all over the world. Fifteen of those regional finalists will be selected to go to Google's headquarters to compete in the finals. Like last year, the grand prize includes a trip to the Galapagos. The winner's school will also receive a prize that includes digital access to the Scientific American archives and a $10,000 cash grant from Google. Entries are due by April 30, 2013.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Science Fair Project Ideas from

The second half of the school year seems to be when the most science fairs happen. If you and your students are looking for some ideas for science fair projects, offers some good ideas that you can use as-is or adapt to fit your specific situation. On the Science Fair page you can specify a grade level and a field of science to find project ideas suitable for your students. offers a set of widgets that you can embed into your professional resources blog or website. The widgets offered link to resources developed by I've embedded the Activities Widget below. The widget should link you to hands-on activities for teaching social studies. You can customize the widget to show content for any subject and or grade level that you like.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

The 2012 Google Science Fair Opens

The 2012 Google Science Fair opened today. This year the science fair will accept entries in thirteen different languages. 90 regional finalists will be chosen from entries all over the world. Fifteen of those regional finalists will be selected to go to Google's headquarters to compete in the finals. This year's finalists will be competing for college scholarships, internships, and trips to the Galapagos islands.

The Google Science Fair is open to students thirteen to eighteen years old. Students can compete individually or in teams of two or three. Entries must be submitted by April 1st according to the guidelines found here.

Here's the video from last year's final event.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Kids' Science Challenge - Play Games and Develop Projects

The Kids' Science Challenge is a national (United States) contest for students in grades three through six. The challenge asks students to innovate and build upon on our current conceptions of how things work. There are three areas of innovation in this year's contest; reducing waste, developing meals to be eaten on Mars, and developing a toy or game that demonstrates an animal's intelligence. The contest is open until February 29, 2012.

Applications for Education
To help students start thinking about the topics in The Kids' Science Challenge, the challenge website has a series of games and videos for students. For teachers, The Kids' Science Challenge offers a page of lesson plans and hands-on activities designed to help students develop ideas related to the contest's three challenge topics.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Google Science Fair is Now Open!

Last month I shared the news that Google would be hosting an online science fair in 2011. As announced today by Google, registration is now open.

The focus of the Google Science Fair is on STEM projects. The Google Science Fair is open to 13-18 year old students. Students can enter individually or in small teams. Google's partners in this project include National Geographic, CERN, NASA, Scientific American, and LEGO. There are some really nice prizes up for grabs. Those prizes include a trip to the Galapagos Islands and trip to CERN in Switzerland.

Entries to the Google Science Fair must be made online in the form of a Google Site. Google has posted a sample project site. Find complete entry rules here.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Google Science Fair is Coming Soon

Through an announcement in the Google Certified Teachers discussion group I've learned that on January 11, 2011 Google will kick-off a global science fair. There weren't that many details included in the announcement, but I'll pass along what I do know.

The focus of the Google Science Fair is on STEM projects. The Google Science Fair will be open to 13-18 year old students. Students can enter individually or in small teams. The focus of the Google Science Fair is on STEM projects. Google's partners in this project include National Geographic, CERN, NASA, Scientific American, and LEGO. Teachers can register now to receive free resource kits, bookmarks, stickers, posters, and notification when registration for the Google Science Fair opens.

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Need a Science Fair Project? Ask Science Bob

Science Bob is a good resource for elementary school and middle school students in search of ideas for science fair projects. Science Bob has dozens of suggestions for science fair projects. Beyond the suggestions, Science Bob offers tips on how to build the projects and additional support resources. In the experiments section of Science Bob teachers and students will find printable directions for carrying-out more than two dozen experiments. If you're looking for videos about science concepts and science experiments Science Bob offers twenty videos that may interest you.

Applications for Education
As Science Bob mentions, developing an idea for a science fair project can be a difficult first step. Even if students don't pick one of the ideas in Science Bob's list, they may be inspired to design a project of their own.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Sound Around You

Sound Around You is an interesting project designed to study how soundscapes affect a person's mood and productivity. A soundscape is the acoustic environment around you. You can participate in the Sound Around You project by visiting the website and uploading sounds from your local environment. Sound Around You was created by some folks at the University of Salford with funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

Applications for Education
Your students could conduct their own "Sound Around You" project for a science fair or as a experiment in a psychology or human behavior course. Your students could do this by having participants take a simple math quiz with music playing and then have participants try the same quiz without music playing. Students then analyze the results to see if the soundscape makes a difference. The number of sound variables that your students can test is almot limitless.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Science Projects and Posters for Elementary Schools
Lesson Plans from the Department of Energy

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Useful How-To Tutorial Websites

This morning when I logged into my Twitter account, as I do every morning, I saw this link from Cool Cat Teacher to a list of fifteen tutorial websites. The list links to some video tutorial websites as well as wikis that explain how to do a wide variety of things. The suggested tutorials websites cover topics ranging from how to prepare a science fair project to building a photo website using PHP.

Applications for Education
The list of fifteen tutorial websites from Dumb Little Man has something for everyone. If you're looking for classroom projects for your students, How Stuff Works and Instructables have numerous suggestions and explanations of arts, crafts, and science fair projects. If you teach computer science, you may want to check out W3Schools or NETTUTS.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Science Projects and Posters for Elementary Schools

Science Buddies is a great resource for science teachers and students. For teachers there are free lesson plans as well as a free poster about scientific method. For students there many ideas for science fair projects as well as tips for creating a great looking science fair presentation. If you or your students are having trouble deciding what type of science fair project to undertake, there is a topic selection wizard that will help you narrow down your list of choices.

Applications for Education
Science Buddies covers materials for elementary school, middle school, and high school.
The topic selection wizard could prove to be a valuable resource for students struggling to choose a topic.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Online Science Fair at Test Toob

Test Toob is a free website where science teachers and science students can share videos of the experiments they conduct. The service is designed for use by middle schools and high schools. The difference between Test Toob and YouTube is that all videos uploaded to the site are reviewed before being posted publicly. In addition to being a video sharing service, Test Toob has suggestions for experiments that students can conduct.

Test Toob is currently running a contest for students. Students have until December 1st to create a video of themselves conducting a science experiment. There are five contest categories. The winners of each category will receive a $150 Visa cash card.

Science Tube, which was a part of my 20+ Educational Alternatives to YouTube list, is another great place to find videos of science experiments in action.

Applications for Education
For science teachers that don't have the time or the necessary materials to conduct an experiment in the classroom, Test Toob and Science Tube provide a free way to demonstrate a concept.
Test Toob's online contest could be just the thing that some students need in order to engage in learning science.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Lesson Plans From the Department of Energy

The US Department of Energy has a good collection of resources for teachers and students. The lesson plans found on the education page range from simple one page, ten minute activities to lesson plans that will take a day or more to complete.

Applications for Education
In addition to lesson plans, visitors to the US Department of Energy's education page will find science fair project ideas. The US Department of Energy also links out to other science websites on which visitors will more educational activities.