Can Your Idea Change The World? Google Will “Pay” You

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Google, including LegoVirgin GalacticNational Geographic and Scientific American— would pay you in cash or in kind for your idea that could change the world in a positive way. I want to introduce to you the Google science fair competition for 2015.

Google science fair 2015

What is the Google Science fair?

It’s an online science competition sponsored by Google, Lego, Virgin Galactic, National Geographic and Scientific American.

It was first launched in July 2011, and has since gained immerse popularity.

Entries are judged on 8 core criterias, which include the student’s presentation, question, hypothesis, research, experiment, data, observations, and conclusion.

Deadline: 07:59:59 UTC on 19 May, 2015

Start date for 2015 entry: Wednesday, February 18th, 2015.

Requirements to join the competition

  • You must be between 13 to 18 years of age. If you are above the age, you can make your little brother, sister, or cousin, etc. to go in your place.
  • You must have access to an internet connection.
  • You must have a free Google Account.
  • Your final submission should be in English, German, Italian, Spanish, or French.
  • You must not be a resident of any US-sanctioned country. Eg: Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Myanmar/Burma, Syria, Zimbabwe.
  • You must seek your parental or guardian consent.

Benefits of the Google Science Fair

  • It’s a great thing for your CV and future career.
  • It can pay your tuition.
  • The 20 finalists, along with a parent or guardian, will travel to Google headquarters in Mountain View, CA. They’ll present their project to the judges, and compete for all of the awards listed below.


1) A LEGO Education Goodie Bag including

A LEGO Education backpack, accompanied by one LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 core set, charger and single software license.

2). “Scientific American” subscription

A free 12-month subscription to Scientific American magazine, in both print and digital.

3). National Geographic subscription

A free 12-month subscription.

4). The Scientific American Innovator Award

This award honors a project in the pure sciences.

Benefits: $25,000 in funding and a year’s worth of mentoring. These prizes are intended to help the winner continue to develop their project and their education. In addition, the winner’s school will receive digital access to Scientific American magazine Archives for 12 months.

5). The Google Technologist Award

This award celebrates a project which has the potential to change the world, through outstanding and innovative work in the field of computer science and/or math.

Benefits: $25,000 in funding, along with a year-long mentorship from a Googler (someone who works at Google) in a related field and a visit to their home office.

6). The National Geographic Explorer Award

This award honors a project in the natural sciences.

Benefits: The winner, along with a parent or guardian, will travel on a 10-day National Geographic Expedition to the Galápagos Archipelago, “Darwin’s living laboratory” and home to an abundance of wildlife.

Isolated from the mainland for millions of years, these unique islands offer the opportunity to walk among animals unfazed by your presence. Traveling in a Category 2 cabin aboard the National Geographic Endeavour, the winner (and a parent or guardian) will have exciting, up-close encounters with species such as domed giant tortoises, marine iguanas, and flightless cormorants. You’ll go kayaking in secluded coves, where sea lions frolic in the shallows; snorkel amid shimmering fish, sea turtles, penguins, and playful sea lions; and cruise to pristine islands to walk among colonies of animals and birds that have no instinctive fear of humans. Explore with a diverse team of experts-from naturalists to regional specialists-who will share their knowledge and insights on the wildlife, landscapes, and local culture. All in all, a once in a lifetime trip for nature lovers.

7). The LEGO Education Builder Award

This award honors a student who uses an innovative, hands-on approach to solve some of the greatest engineering challenges.


  • The winner, along with a parent or guardian, will travel to The LEGO Group headquarters in Billund, Denmark.
  • The student will meet with LEGO Education employees and designers.
  • The student will tour the LEGO Manufacturing facilities, LEGO Idea House and receive tickets to LEGOLAND Denmark.
  • The winner will also receive a classroom set for their school of the LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 along with curriculum.
  • The winner will also receive a custom LEGO brick build designed by one of the LEGO Education designers in Billund, Denmark. He or she will learn how to launch a business and the art of entrepreneurship, from a LEGO Education executive for 6 months.

8). The Virgin Galactic Pioneer award

This award honors a project in the area of space and physics.


  • The award winner will be taken on a tour of Virgin Galactic, Mojave Air and Spaceport in Mojave, California.
  • He or she will also be given the unique opportunity to get acquainted with Virgin Galactic’s new spaceship.

9). The Community Impact Award

This award honors a project that makes a practical difference in his or her community by addressing an environmental, health or resources challenge.

Benefits: The winner will be awarded $10,000 in funding to help develop their project. He or she will also receive a year-long mentorship from Scientific American.

10). The Incubator award

This award celebrates a student between the ages of 13 and 15 whose project shows extraordinary promise in a field of science. The winner will receive $10,000 in funding from Google. He or she will also receive a year of mentorship to further develop his/her project.

11). The Inspiring Educator Award

This award honors the contributions of one outstanding educator who goes above and beyond to encourage their students to achieve great things.

Benefits: The winner will receive a $10,000 classroom grant from Google and a $5,000 gift card for educational products from LEGO Education.

How do I join the completion?

It’s simple. Once you meet the requirements which I stated above-head to this website. Good luck!

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Giovanni O.C Olakunori

Giovanni Chinecherem Olakunle Olakunori(commonly known as Giovanni Olakunori) is an aspiring data scientist at heart, business developer and educator with a deep interest in ancient philosophy, healthy living, and developing economies. He’s the founder of LarnEdu, a community that inspires and supports lifelong learning especially in underdeveloped nations. He currently lives in the UK after living in 4 other countries across Europe and Africa. You can read more about him or follow him on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to see his public posts about how much he loves hot Kenkey and Jolof rice.

4 Responses

  1. Nadia says:

    I just joined, thank you.

  2. Kojo says:

    I’d be 18 before the deadline, can I still join?

  3. Sofu says:

    How do I join the competition?

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