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Google has launched a new science contest, called the Google Science Fair, for young people aged 13 to 18 from around the world. This contest aims to encourage the brightest young scientists to submit creative projects that are relevant to the world today. The big draw is the 50-thousand-dollar prize and a 10-day trip to the Galapagos Islands for the winner.

Students may participate individually or in groups. Projects must be presented in English before 4 April 2011.

A panel of teachers will review all submissions and announce the 60 semi-finalists in early May. These proposals will be posted online for public voting. Later in May, Google will announce the 15 global finalists who will be invited to their headquarters in California (United States), where a panel of scientists, including Nobel Laureates, tech visionaries and household names, will choose the winners. One winner will be chosen from each of the following age groups: 13-14, 15-16 and 17-18.


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