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How to Win a Trip to the Galapagos … With Science

What's the best way to get young minds interested in science? One way is to offer them really nice prizes if they come up with innovative and "creative" projects, according to Google. The company is urging "young scientists from around the world" to submit ideas for projects that are "relevant to the world today" for the Google Science Fair. The contest is open to kids from 13 to 18 years of age, working on their own or in teams of two or three, and the projects will be judged by a panel of teachers. Google is also offering the kids and their teachers access to online resources like Google Earth and Google Books to help them along. The Grand Prize is a National Geographic Expedition trip to the Galapagos, according to the project's website, and other prizes include college scholarships, a trip to CERN in Switzerland, and a subscription to Scientific American.

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