Google science fair aims to turn SC students into inventors

By Hannah Horne - bio | email

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Do you have a young inventor or scientist in your home or classroom? A first-of-its-kind science fair is bringing together students from around the world, and kids in South Carolina get a special invitation to take part.

When you hear "science fair," you probably think of those traditional tri-fold poster boards fueled by student ideas and imaginations. But things are changing, thanks to Internet search giant Google.

"This is a science fair like none you've ever seen," said Dean Kaman, inventor of the Segway and several life saving medical devices.    

He says Google's online science fair opens new doors of competition. "It ought to be the first truly global fair," said Kamen. "Kids can compete and collaborate with each other all over the planet."

And a new group of learners. "I think we're gonna turn on an entire generation of scientists, engineers, problem solvers that are gonna take the world's problems and give them great career opportunities," said Kamen.

One big motivation is the prizes involved. There are scholarships, unbelievable trips and internships offered to the winners. "In a world where you get what you celebrate, kids have to celebrate science and technology."

That includes students, right here in the palmetto state. "In this competition, every kid in South Carolina can access information on the web, and it's only their imagination that will separate one kid from another," said Kamen.

The Google science fair entry deadline is April 4. There is also a place on the competition's website for teachers to get involved and encourage student participation.

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