An annual competition for ages 13-18 and a collection of classroom activities and lessons for educators focused on problem solving in science, technology, engineering, and math.
A good idea can come from anyone, anywhere and Google is looking for youth ages 13-18 to share their best ideas using science, technology, engineering, and math to solve a problem they care about. It doesn’t matter if they use a pen and paper or a full-scale lab; it’s all about the idea and the thinking behind it---no matter how big or small. Youth can work alone or in groups, use the guides and inspiration provided on the website or work with mentors. There is a full collection of teaching materials and exercises focused on the problem-solving process, meant to be flexible enough to apply to virtually any subject or teaching style. These adaptable lessons walk through each step of the process, supporting skills like problem-solving, communication, and teamwork. Their flexibility can complement existing lessons, be used as a whole set, or selected individually. Each lesson includes a presentation with teacher notes and worksheets that will help you make the most of these materials. These resources have also been accredited with a Seal of Readiness from the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE), meaning they meet high standards focused on helping build foundational technology skills. The winner receives a $50,000 scholarship, and 20 global finalists have the opportunity to visit Google headquarters to share their projects and be in the running for scholarships and prizes from National Geographic, Lego Education, Scientific American, and Virgin Galactic. Google also awards 53 U.S. state and territory winners, so there are multiple levels of opportunity for students to be recognized.