Google Science Fair for 2013 launched

Google has launched its third annual science fair for children and the deadline for submissions is April 30.

As always, the Google Science Fair 2013 will also have two rounds.

The first round will be in June when 90 regional finalists will be selected – 30 from the Americas, 30 from Asia Pacific and 30 from Europe/Middle East/Africa.

15 finalists will then be chosen by the judges from the 90 and they will be flown to Google headquarters in Mountain View, California for a live, final event on September 23, 2013. There will be three age categories — 13-14, 15-16 and 17-18.

Prizes include a $50,000 scholarship from Google, a trip to the Galapagos with National Geographic Expeditions, experiences at CERN, Google or the LEGO Group and digital access to the Scientific American archives for the winner’s school for a year.

Scientific American will also award a $50,000 Science in Action prize to one project that makes a practical difference by addressing a social, environmental or health issue.

There will also be a new ‘Inspired Idea Award’ based on public voting to select the project with the greatest potential to change the world.

Last year’s Google Science Fair was won by Brittany Wenger, a 17-year-old high school student from Florida, United States, for building a cloud-based tool to help doctors accurately diagnose breast cancer.