Monday, February 23, 2015

Day 54: Where the Girls Are? The Google Science Fair

One of my goals in these daily blog post is to shine the spotlight on areas that have had success getting girls involved in tech related ventures.  Earlier this year I wrote a series of posts called Where the Girls  calling attention to the the success that  Carnegie Mellon and Google Computer Science Camp have had in engaging women and girls in computer science.

When I saw the announcements for the Google Science Fair this year,  one of the first things I noticed was the balanced representation of boys and girls in the finalists.  Girls can definitely see themselves in the picture browsing through the finalists of the Google Science Fair over the past few years.

There are some amazing stories of girls using their understanding of science, math, and technology amongst the project.   Amongst them are Ciara, Sophie, and Emer (tenth graders from Kinsale Community School in Ireland) who used a variety of technology to collect and analyze data that resulted some fantastic recommendations for using natural bacteria to increasing crop output while reducing fertilizer use.   It's no wonder their project was selected as a Grand Prize winners in the 2014 Google Science Fair.

The Google Science Fair is a global online science and technology competition open to individuals and teams from ages 13 to 18.  Learn more about how you can participate in this year's Google Science Fair.  The submission deadline is May 12, 2015.  

And if you're looking for inspiration, just listen to Ciara, Sophie, and Emer how they used their research to combat world hunger.

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