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Google Science Fair seeks budding Einsteins and Curies

Tuesday, January 11, 2011
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(Cross-posted on the Official Google Blog, Google Student Blog and Google LatLong Blog)

Are you a student who loves science? Do you have a good idea for an experiment that you’d like to share with the world? In 1996, two young computer science students, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, had a hypothesis that there was a better way to find information on the web. They did their research, tested their theories and built a search engine which (eventually) changed the way people found information online. Larry and Sergey were fortunate to be able to get their idea in front of lots of people. But how many ideas are lost because people don’t have the right forum for their talents to be discovered? We believe that science can change the world—and one way to encourage that is to celebrate and champion young scientific talent as we do athletes and pop idols.

To help make today’s young scientists the rock stars of tomorrow, in partnership with CERN, The LEGO Group, National Geographic and Scientific American, we’re introducing the first global online science competition: the Google Science Fair. It’s open to students around the world who are between the ages of 13-18. All you need is access to a computer, the Internet and a web browser.

You may have participated in local or regional science fairs where you had to be in the same physical space to compete with kids in your area. Now any student with an idea can participate from anywhere, and share their idea with the world. You build and submit your project—either by yourself or in a team of up to three—entirely online. Students in India (or Israel or Ireland) will be able to compete with students in Canada (or Cambodia or Costa Rica) for prizes including once-in-a-lifetime experiences (like a trip to the Galapagos Islands with a National Geographic Explorer), scholarships and real-life work opportunities (like a five-day trip to CERN in Switzerland). And if you’re entering a science fair locally, please feel free to post that project online with Google Science Fair, too!

To enter, register online and create your project as a Google Site. Registration is open through April 4, 2011. Please note: you must get parental or guardian consent in order to compete. You can check out the complete rules here. After April 4, we’ll begin judging and will announce our semi-finalists in early May.

The semi-finalist projects will be posted on our online gallery, where we’ll encourage the public to vote for a “people’s choice” winner. From our list of semi-finalists, we’ll select 15 finalists to bring their projects to Google headquarters on July 11 to compete in our final, live event, where world-renowned science judges will select a winner in each age category, as well as a grand-prize winner.

Here's an example of a great science fair project site to inspire you. We asked Tesca, a U.S. high school senior from Oregon, to create it for us based on an award-winning project she’s been working on for years. Tesca’s objective is to make hospitals more efficient using artificial intelligence—a world-changing goal, to be sure.

So if you think you're the next Albert Einstein, Marie Curie—or Larry Page or Sergey Brin—sign up today for the Google Science Fair. Prove once again how science can change the world!


Simplified sharing experience extended to Google Sites

The simplified sharing experience in Google Docs has now been extended to Google Sites. As with Google Docs, Google Sites can now be set to various visibility options such as: private, anyone at your domain with the link, anyone at your domain can find and access, anyone with the link (no sign-in required) or public on the web.

The domain administrator can set the level of sharing for the domain, so not all sharing options may be allowed. The new visibility option is always available at the top of each site.

With this update, the new “Anyone with the link” setting makes your site available to anyone that knows the unique URL, but blocks search engines from indexing the site. And for those times that someone sends you a link to a site but you don’t have access, you can now request access to that site from the access denied page.

Editions included:
Standard, Premier, Education, Team, Partner Edition and Google Apps for Government

Languages included:
All languages supported by Google Sites

How to access what's new:
When editing a site, select ‘More actions’ and then ‘Share site’ to see the new interface. You can also bring up the sharing dialog by clicking on the sharing visibility icon at the top of the site.

Google Apps Scripts now available in Google Sites

You can now create, edit, and launch Google Apps Scripts from any Google Site. This allows you to automate business processes that involve multiple applications.

Editions included:
Standard, Premier, Education, Team, Partner Edition and Google Apps for Government

How to access what's new:
When editing a site, click ‘More actions’, then ‘Manage site’ and ‘Apps Scripts’ to build a script.

For more information:
Google Apps Scripts Resources

Keyboard shortcuts now available in Google Sites

Keyboard shortcuts to common actions like create page and edit page for site collaborators have now been added to Google Sites.

Editions included:
Standard, Premier, Education, Team, Partner Edition and Google Apps for Government

How to access what's new:
- In Google Sites, type Ctrl / (⌘ / on a Mac) to open the shortcut help.
- Full list of keyboard shortcuts.

For more information:
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