Introduction

Every year, Google invites students to take something they care about, and make it better. The Google Science
Fair is looking for the best and the brightest 13-18 year olds around the world who have ideas about how we can
make the world better through science. Maybe those ideas are about making something faster. Or more efficient.
Producing less waste or more output. Our international panel of judges look forward to seeing what you will make
better!
By entering the Google Science Fair, students gets the chance to experience scientific discovery by working on
something they care about. Practicing the scientific (or engineering) method in a real world setting encourages
them to think about a challenge and give them confidence to effectively communicate their ideas.
Entrants can submit projects in any of the following categories:

Computer Science & Math

Energy & Space

Chemistry

Earth & Environmental Sciences

Inventions & Innovation

Food Science

Behavioral & Social Sciences

Physics

Electricity & Electronics

Flora & Fauna

Biology

Astrophysics
Robotics

Outline
Two lesson plans, differentiated by age groups to suit your class, provide a suggested structure for introducing
students to the competition, guiding them through choosing a project and helping them to structure their entry.
The lessons can be delivered as they are, or as part of a wider unit developing students’ understanding of
the scientific method, the impact of science and engineering and their ability to make something better in the
world. Teachers and mentors can use these guides to help support students as they work on their projects for
submission to the Google Science Fair.

together with the importance of publishing results and peer review • evaluate risks Experimental and investigative skills • ask questions and develop a line of questioning based on observations of the real world. 2. following a scientific framework. alongside prior knowledge and experience • make predictions using scientific knowledge and understanding • select. • Students will be able to develop a coherent investigation. • Students will be able to accept and act upon feedback in a constructive manner. including explaining data in relation to predictions and hypotheses • identify further questions arising from their results Lessons and Objectives 1. . repeatability and reproducibility • understand that scientific methods and theories develop as earlier explanations are modified to take account of new evidence and ideas. plan and carry out the most appropriate types of scientific enquiries to test predictions • make and record observations and measurements. including identifying patterns drawing conclusions • present reasoned explanations. Science makes everything better Objectives: • Students will be able to appreciate the diversity of work in science and engineering fields. with reference to given criteria. What does good science look like? Objectives: • Students will be able to explain what makes a good investigation. • Students will be able to evaluate their own and others’ scientific ideas against criteria. evaluate the reliability of methods and suggest possible improvements Analytical and evaluative processes • apply mathematical concepts and calculate results • present observations and data using appropriate methods • interpret observations and data. • Students will be able to identify how an individual’s preferences and skills can direct scientific and engineering progress. precision.Wider Objectives Entering the Google Science Fair can help students develop: Scientific attitudes • pay attention to objectivity and concern for accuracy. plan and carry out the most appropriate types of scientific enquiries to test predictions • select. and communicate their feedback constructively.

where they came from. can make something better for everyone. no matter how big or small. following an investigative framework. and use these insights to determine potential directions for their own investigations. Thomas Edison: built his first lab at 14 years old and later went on to experiment with light. Objectives • Students will be able to appreciate the diversity of work in a range of science and engineering fields. Ada Lovelace: daughter of poet Lord Byron. (Teachers should feel free to substitute given examples for others that may be of interest to them or their students). was fascinated with maths from a young age and went on to write the first computer program. and what they were interested in before their discoveries. • Students will understand how to develop a coherent investigation. as future scientists and engineers. • Students will identify how personal preferences and skills can contribute to scientific and engineering progress. E. Time Teacher activity Student activity Resources (see below) 10 min Introduce the idea that science and engineering can make anything in the world better. Could visit the Google Science Fair YouTube channel for films which feature renowned scientists and previous Google Science Fair entrants talking about . Discuss their opinions about different discoveries.g: Reflect upon the background of scientists. and will begin to develop a structure for their experiments or prototypes. Use details of historical scientists to inspire and engage students. and identify how these projects have affected/ could affect the environment and the people involved. Students will have the opportunity to reflect on their strengths and interests. Anecdotes of historical scientists.Google Science Fair lesson plans: students aged 15-16 Lesson 1: Science makes everything better In this lesson students will learn about the wide range of ways in which they.

The tool enables students to find connections and topics to explore based on something they love. My skills and My desires. Use available resources to find out areas where gaps exist in understanding or development of their area. Ann’s video and project. or help them to come up with an idea. and feedback to one another using positive and constructive language: White board/black board to display constructive language prompts. Google Science Fair Make Better Generator . Use inspiration framework to generate ideas.. Identify students willing to share ideas with the class. Printed copies of Inspiration Framework. Point out that ‘science and engineering’ covers a very wide field . Ask students to name a range of discoveries and inventions that interest them.there is much more than students may realise. and determine an area which they wish to investigate. something they are good at and something they will make better with science Printed copies of Research Framework. Students could use the Make Better Generator . Show video for Ann Makosinski.a tool to inspire students before starting a project. 10 min 10 min Introduce suggested resources for further investigation of their area of interest. or facilitate small-group discussion.their work and what inspired them to pursue science. Louis Braille: Blinded as a child. Outline the development of their idea (to whatever stage they are currently at). 10 min Introduce activity .students reflect on personal skills and interests. and renowned scientists and engineers have come from a very wide range of backgrounds. he was able to write by touch by age 16 and went on to create a tactile alphabet used across the world today. Computers/laptops with internet connection for research. responding to question “What will you change?” following the prompts: My interests. Discuss possible areas to investigate. Could show images of scientists as they are discussed. or library access.

and communicate their feedback constructively.. In this lesson students will have the opportunity to examine model investigations and receive tips on planning a thorough and scientific investigation.. be ready to present and receive feedback next lesson.. Homework • Complete Planning Framework sheet by researching and planning further. They will use this information to reflect on their own and their peers’ work. 5 min Review selected examples of student work.” • “Why have you chosen to.” • “Have you thought about.. Printed copies of Planning Framework. Objectives • Students will be able to explain what makes a good investigation. Printed copies of Google Science Fair entry guidance to take away. Challenge students to refine their ideas through research and reflection. Research and Planning).... .• “You’re good at. highlighting good examples and giving constructive comments.” 15 min Support students in structuring their ideas into an investigative framework. as they will receive feedback from their peers and teacher about their ideas for their science fair project.. Google Science Fair lesson plans: students aged 15-16 Lesson 2: What does good science look like? Students should have completed their Investigation Framework sheets (Inspiration.. as they will be able to receive tips and feedback next lesson. giving and receiving constructive feedback. • Students will be able to evaluate their own and others’ ideas against criteria. • Students will be able to accept and act upon feedback in a positive manner.. with reference to given criteria.” • “Maybe you could look at.” • “Have you considered. Use a paper-based tool to begin to structure ideas for their investigation. Reflect upon comments and one another’s work.

.. mention the importance of gathering feedback and aiming high. Begin/continue own entries. clear method. Present judges’ report ..feedback to classmates. 10 min • “What worked well?” • “Even better if. 5 min Select examples of valuable comments which students can share with the class.” Judges’ report video (1m20s.. summary video.interview or alternatives Elif Bilgin. teacher. Completed copies of Investigation Framework from previous lesson.” • “Have you thought about. judges. Pair/share . 15 min Structure student grouping.”.. Printed copies of Reflection Framework. Support students in their reflection and encourage use of positive language. rules and ‘wow’ factor.. paper and pens to continue planning. In pairs or small groups.. incorporating feedback and ideas from classmates. Reflect on what they can take from examples and incorporate into their projects.. If unavailable. Relate to judging criteria. well referenced. White board/black board to display constructive language prompts.” • “Maybe you could look at. logical conclusion.” • “Why have you chosen to.Time Teacher activity Student activity Resources (see below) 10 min Highlight projects that students can take inspiration from in order to create a great Google Science Fair entry. from 3:39 to 4:59) Entry guidance (including judging criteria) 15 min Support and comment upon student work. Consider how these comments and tips can be incorporated into their entries. Use positive language: “what works well.Guidance for entrants from a Google Science Fair judge... Computers/laptops with web access to Google Science Fair site. Elif Bilgin .”.project.. Going Bananas: fantastic summary video. use reflection framework sheet to evaluate their own and/or someone else’s entry. .. “even better if. logical proposal.

project. summarise most important points for students to remember when continuing their work.the Google Science Fair is just one framework through which they can do this. teachers are encouraged to give feedback. Google Science Fair lesson plans: students aged 15-16 Resource summary Lesson 1: Science makes everything better Lesson 2: What does good science look like? Videos: • Google Science Fair YouTube channel • Ann’s video Videos: • Elif Bilgin . • Conduct their investigation.or library access • White board/black board Other resources: • Computers/laptops with web access to Google Science Fair site. from 3:39 to 4:59) Printed resources: • Inspiration framework • Research framework • Planning framework • Google Science Fair entry guidance Printed resources: • Reflection framework • Google Science Fair entry guidance Other resources: • Computers/laptops with web access for research. The student should recognize any help in the Acknowledge ments section of their project. googlesciencefair. • Complete Google Science Fair entry and submit before 17 May 2016. • Once students have filled out their project information on the Google Science Fair website. research and completion of their entries.com and begin to fill out entry for submission. Register on www. While the work should ultimately be their own. Praise student progress in entries.5 min Remind students of entry deadline (17 May 2016) and resources available to them for inspiration. Link back to students’ ability to “change the world” . Homework • Gather feedback from peers. they will be able to share access to their project with their teachers. Commit to completing Google Science Fair entry and supporting one another in their efforts. advice and support. family and other sources in order to plan the best possible investigation. summary video. interview • Judge’s report video (1m20s. or paper and pens for planning • White board/black board .