Google STILL Rocks
This is one of the reasons that Google is STILL way better than LOADS of other companies.
Google is continuing one of the coolest ideas I have ever heard of! Last year Google launched:
the first ever global online science competition for 13-18 year old students with the Google Science Fair. Over 10,000 students from 91 countries submitted amazing science experiments. With project topics ranging from “Can I program a robot in English?” to “Can I make a sailboat even faster with a winged keel,” to “How does marinade affect carcinogen levels in grilled chicken?”…
Not only that, they seem to be doing a damn good job of including one the smartest demographics our species has to offer, THE LADIES!
Last year the top three winners by age category were dominated by this awesome group:
- Lauren Hodge in the 13-14 age group. Lauren studied the effect of different marinades on the level of potentially harmful carcinogens in grilled chicken.
- Naomi Shah in the 15-16 age group. Naomi endeavored to prove that making changes to indoor environments that improve indoor air quality can reduce people’s reliance on asthma medications.
- Shree Bose in the 17-18 age group. Shree discovered a way to improve ovarian cancer treatment for patients when they have built up a resistance to certain chemotherapy drugs.
Are you freaking kidding me?! I WISH I was that awesome when I was 21 let alone in highschool!
I wish more companies around the world would participate in programs like this, but ESPECIALLY here in the USA where we bitch and moan about the low percentage of kids with high proficiency in the maths and sciences.
Google: our generation’s Space Race?
Can Google and its partners fill the role that the race to the moon performed for our last great scientific ‘mast years’ of the 60s to 80s? Lets be sober: probably not.
BUT: this is absolutely the right direction. Science is, if anything, two things; its really freaking cool, but it is also a LOT of hard work. The positive effect of giving kids the opportunity to work really hard and then taking the best of the work and holding it up to to freakin WORLD and proclaiming “How flipping cool are these kids?! Everyone look at what these teenagers came up with!” can not be understated. It probably also goes a long way toward nudging society back to a value structure that thought a goofy looking dude with a funny accent and inSANE hair was as cool and worthy of household conversation as Marilyn Monroe.
Science is one of our country’s last great bastions of meritocracy (NOT mediocrity, mind you) and therefore… well… AMERICAN-NESS. The idea of a meritocracy (you are rewarded based on the results of your hard work and contributions above all else) is certainly one of the top things that the idea of the USA has to offer the world. Google IS doing this good work with this awesome global science fair!
“Don’t be evil”
Remember that? Its Google’s unofficial company motto…
There have been many, myself included, that have at one time or another worried that this very important founding edict was being diluted to that of homeopathic scale (i.e worthless beyond measure). We feared/fear that what made us love THIS multinational corporation (when most other such Goliaths must strain to earn the receipt of our benefit of the doubt) was being ignored. Is it? Do some degree, probably. Yes they have probably exited Kolberg’s 3rd stage of moral development (we should be the good boys/girls that society wants us to be because it is expected of us) and are somewhere between 4 and 6. So we may see them “breaking some rules” that they seemed to espouse as unbreakable, but stuff like this program gives me hope that they still have our species’s best interests at heart and are still on a positive trajectory.
Those of you that are of age or know people of the correct ages: participate! Google hosts a whole suite of tools to make your project a success, including an online lab notebook and other resources. Make this year’s program even bigger than last year’s. Send the message that this is what we WANT our corporate cultures to value and that we reward those actors that demonstrate such commitment!
Finally: Go Google!
You deserve major props for this program, consider these words my little part. Thanks.