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Science in Action Award

So you want to make the world a better place? Great! Entries are now open for the fourth annual Google Science Fair, which includes the third annual $50,000 Scientific American Science in Action Award.

The award honors a project that can make a practical difference by addressing an environmental, health or resources challenge. The winning entry will be innovative, easy to put into action and reproducible in other communities. In addition to the prize, Scientific American will fly the Science in Action winner(s) to the finalist awards event at Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., in September 2014, and will establish mentoring for a year to support further project improvements.

Get inspired! Below are two videos of our past winners. First, meet the 2013 winner, Elif Bilgin of Istanbul, Turkey, 16, who developed a method to make bioplastics out of old banana peels. She also won the Voter’s Choice Award! The 15 finalist projects all had the goal of making the world a better place.



The winning project in 2012 was the Unique Simplified Hydroponic Method, developed by 14-year-old Sakhiwe Shongwe and Bonkhe Malalela of Swaziland. (You can also learn about the science teacher who inspired them, Titus Mandala Sithole and his efforts to share the boys' methods with orphaned heads of households in Swaziland.) For more inspiration, can also check out last year's amazing 13 finalists for the Science in Action award.

Entries are due by May 12. The Google Science Fair has three age categories, for ages 13-14, 15-16 and 17-18. I'm the chief judge for Google Science Fair, and you can see information on all of our Science in Action judges just below.

— Mariette DiChristina, Editor in Chief, Scientific American

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Judges

  • Beth Cole

    Acquisitions Editor, Macmillan Higher Education
    JUDGE


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  • Thomas H. Culhane

    Co-founder of Solar CITIES e.V. 

    JUDGE AND MENTOR


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  • Mariette DiChristina

    Editor in Chief, Scientific American
    JUDGE


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  • Kaigham (Ken) J. Gabriel

    Corporate Vice President at Motorola Mobility and Deputy of ATAP
    JUDGE


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  • David Green

    Vice President, Ashoka
    JUDGE AND MENTOR


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  • Meghan Groome, PhD

    Executive Director, Education & Public Programs, New York Academy of Sciences
    JUDGE


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  • Dean Kamen

    Inventor, Founder FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology);
    Host, Dean of Invention on Planet Green
    JUDGE


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  • Daniel M. Kammen

    Distinguished Professor of Energy in the Energy and Resources Group and in the Goldman School of Public Policy, Founding Director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley
    JUDGE


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  • Farideh Koohi-Kamali

    Editorial director for the Palgrave Macmillan scholarly program in America
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  • Kristala Prather

    Theodore T. Miller Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    JUDGE


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  • Dr. Ainissa Ramirez

    Science Evangelist & Materials Scientist
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  • Melanie S. Sanford

    Modes Gomberg Collegiate Professor of Chemistry and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Chemistry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
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  • Matthew L. Wald

    Reporter, New York Times
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