Google has opened registrations for its Science Fair 2018 competition and kids aged between 13-18 years can now register for it. The annual event started off in 2011 and is a platform for kids to unleash their creativity for solving a problem using technology, engineering, science and maths. Participants simply need to register for the event and get working on a solution to a problem that they would like to solve. Google is accepting submissions through December 2018 and the winner will receive a prize of $50,000. Award winners will be announced in March 2019, while regional finalist announcement will be in April 2019. Global finalists will be announced in May 2019.
Twenty global finalists will also be selected for travelling to the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, to share their projects and get a chance to win scholarships and prizes from National Geographic, Lego Education, Scientific American, and Virgin Galactic. Vint Cerf, Chief Internet Evangelist at Google, writes in a blog post, “To join, visit Googlesciencefair.com and check out our new materials, thought-starters and inspiration to help you develop your idea. We know teachers play an important role in encouraging students and helping them work through their questions, so we’ve created a new set of ISTE-certified resources and classroom activities to help get the ideas flowing.”
The Google Science Fair is more of a global event. However, on a more local level, Google recently expanded its Neighbourly app to five more cities in India. It was previously available in Mumbai and Jaipur and will now be accessible by users in Ahmedabad, Coimbatore, Mysore, Vizag and Kota. The app is meant to be used for getting your queries answered about a neighbourhood. The latest version is updated with enhanced voice input as when asking queries, 20 percent of users are said to tap to speak their questions. You can read more about it here.